Memorial Hall to play host to North East Arts Touring

Hot on the heels of a busy summer the Dickson Memorial Hall is preparing to host a theatrical extravaganza courtesy of North East Arts Touring.

It is planned, in time, to bring a number of shows to the hall, offering a wide variety of types of live performance suited to all ages and tastes but the new venture kicks off with a humorous look into the Irish tradition of match making.

For one night only (Friday, October 7), and fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Splinters Productions bring ‘The Matchmaker’ to the Mearns.

Based on ‘Letters of a Matchmaker’ by J B Keane the show is described as ‘heart-warming and hilarious, a potent mix of humour and poignancy - a celebration of Irish country people in their search for love’.

The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, at £10/£8 (concessions) will be available shortly from local shops and the Hall, Tel. 01561 376876 or email us at

NEAT is a connective, umbrella organisation bringing touring arts performances to village halls, small theatres and other venues all across Aberdeen city and shire, Moray and Angus.

Some shows are organised by NEAT but many are run by local arts organisations with support and assistance from NEAT.

Find out more about NEAT, or ‘The Matchmaker’ by going to

In recent weeks the hall has played host to a number of private parties both day time and evenings, rehearsals for the forthcoming first production of the Laurencekirk Amateur Musical Society, regular Weight Watchers meetings, both daytime and a new evening session and Bumps Babes and Tots among others.

Open events to watch out for in the coming weeks include: A Sunday afternoon Tea on September 18, a lovely warm and bright setting with some lovely home bakes on offer; two musical recitals soon to be confirmed, and an Open Day and lunch on Saturday October 1 with Transition Mearns.

A good way to find out more about what is happening at the hall is to pop in to the Fair Trade Cafe on a Thursday or Friday between 9.30 am and 4pm or Saturday from 9.30 am to 1 pm.

Enjoy freshly brewed coffee or sample one of our tea varieties accompanied by a slice of something from our cake trays.

You can catch up with the news, read the notice board, pick up leaflets, and browse the new stock coming in to the shop.