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The Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO)

Scottish Charity Number SC029031

The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust was founded by Judith Bowers in 1999 to support the work of the Britannia Panopticon Trust (now the Panopticon Trust) a building preservation trust which was established to deal with the Capital Project. The Friend’s trust is the main fundraising and awareness raising charity and it operates the building as a working music hall. The Friends is a self-funding charity, and the trustees are all very much involved with the operation of the building. Our fundraising comes through ticket sales, donations, merchandise sales, bar sales and subscriptions from the public who can join the Friends as a Supporter from £20 per annum, or as a Member from £21 per annum. Supporters and Members both have the same benefits e.g., discounted ticket sales and merchandise in the auditorium (this does not include our merchandise on RedBubble), but Members also have a voting right and are expected to attend our Annual General Meetings. Please click on Support Us to find out more and join online today.

Meet the Trustees

Lawrence Dunn (Chairman)

Lawrence Dunn has been associated with the Panopticon since 2006. He is a musician and does regular silent film shows with live music at the Panopticon and elsewhere, as well as performing on stage. He also works as a volunteer a couple of times a week. He is an interface between the Board of Trustees and the volunteers. His initial training was in Mathematics and worked as a programmer/analyst for the Bank of Scotland before becoming a violin and guitar teacher.

Colin MacGregor

Colin has a BA degree in the Creative Industries from the UWS Ayr. He was a professional singer in cabaret shows for 28 years and went on to become a Cruise Director on cruise ships where he mentored a young Lee Mead, (Joseph in the London West End show: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat) . Colin has written two comedy musical plays, one of which was a commission, for Motherwell Civic theatre. and co-wrote ‘Two On The Roof’ which played at the Panopticon. He has helped set up a charity called Fool On, which gave encouragement and learning to people with disabilities to perform on stage. Colin was also one of three directors who set up the CIC charity called ‘Film Industry Scotland’. A treasured moment for Colin was when he became the written voice of the iconic Puffin in Puffin Books Magazine.

Gary Graham

Gary is our new Treasurer and has been a regular customer to our shows for several years. Last year Gary joined our regular volunteer team helping at most of our evening events and has become a valuable part of our volunteer family. He is the ideal candidate as treasurer with a background in financial services, particularly anti money laundering (AML). He is currently the AML Team Manager for Tesco Bank. In addition, Gary is an excellent performer and has an HNC in Media Studies.

Veronica Low

Veronica is a long-time supporter of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and is the Commercial Manager with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). In this role she provides essential marketing support for the RIAS member architects and manages the RIAS Sustainability Working Group.

In her spare time, she has raised capital, core, and project funds for various initiatives, and developed products, business plans and marketing strategies for other organisations. Veronica wants to bring her skills to the operation of the music hall and help us to improve our marketing and strategy.

Nick Barret

Nick Barrett has previously been Secretary and Chairman of the SCIO. He spent his entire working life in broadcast television but takes a huge interest in all aspects of the entertainment world and has a continuing passion is for music hall. Besides amassing a huge collection of theatre related material, he often gives talks on the subject to many different bodies.

Graham Hunter

Graham Hunter is a Freelance Costume Designer and has been involved in various capacities as a volunteer with the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for over 20 years. He has been part of the Music Hall Variety Company as Master of Ceremonies as well as being involved with various costume exhibitions within the building for Doors Open Day.

We will be refreshing the board in May 2022 and have some new trustees joining us and some leaving. If you wish to become more involved and join the board of trustees, please email [email protected]