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The story of the Harbour Arts Centre from 1965
as published in booklet form in 1987, with extra details covering 1987 – 2007, now here on the Web


1968 - June(?): "Shadow of a Gunman" by Sean O'Casey (dir. J H Kennedy)
Oct: "The Baikie Charivari" by James Bridie (dir. Jim Kennedy)
1969 - Feb: "Playing With Fire" by Strindberg (dir. Jim Kennedy)
Jun: "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey (dir. Jim Kennedy)
Sept(?): "The Picnic" by Arrabal, and a Pinter sketch (dir. Tony Stott)
Nov: "Black Comedy" by Peter Schaffer (dir. Jim Kennedy)
1970 - no production (cancelled)
1971 - Jun: "Crime Passionel" by Jean-Paul Sartre (dir. Jim Kennedy)
Nov: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller (dir. Jim Kennedy) (with Kirsty Wark as Abigail - see panel)

from "The Scotsman" Weekend, 8 November 1997, interview with Kirsty Wark:

"I was Abigail in 'The Crucible' at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. I was 16 and I loved it." She smiles that broad smile and her eyes sparkle.

1972 - Mar: "The Hostage" by Brendan Behan (dir. Jim Kennedy)
Nov: "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett and "Coda" by Joan Ure (World Premiere) (dir. Roddy Kennedy)
1973 - Feb: "The Inca of Perusalem" by George Bernard Shaw and "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets" (dir. Jim Kennedy)
1974 - Jun: "The Anatomist" by James Bridie (dir. Willie Smith)
Aug: "The Bear" by Chekhov (dir Iain Campbell) and "Graffiti" by Jack Gerson (dir. Shelagh Tutchener)
Oct: "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" by Peter Nichols (dir. Jim Tannock)
1975 - Feb: "Under Milk Wood" by Dylan Thomas (dir. Ingrid Smith)
May: "Loot" by Joe Orton (dir. Roddy Kennedy)
Jun: "The Breadwinner" by Somerset Maugham (dir. Iain Campbell)
Aug: "The Pubs is Shut" [Edin. Fest.] (by the company)
Nov: "Antigone" by Jean Anouilh (dir. Jim Tannock & Molly Finch)
1976 - Feb: "Leonardo's Last Supper" by Peter Barnes (dir. David Croft-Smith)
Apr: "Wuthering Heights" adapt. by Constance Cox (dir. Iain Campbell)
Aug: "Thistle Get You Going" [Edin. Fest.] (by the company) (dir. Ingrid Smith)
Sep: "I See Myself As This Young Girl" by Joan Ure (dir. Ingrid Smith; for Sirkus Theatre)
Nov: "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals" by J.M. Barrie (dir. Alan Black) and "The Real Inspector Hound" by Tom Stoppard(dir. Tony Stott)
1977 - Feb: "The Adventures of a Bear called Paddington" by Michael Bond and Alfred Bradley (dir. Molly Finch)
Jun: "Night Must Fall" by Emlyn Williams (dir. Sheila Campbell)
Sep: "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" by Peter Nichols (dir. Jim Tannock) [Edin. Fest.]
Nov: "Condemned for Ecstasy" by Joan Ure (dir. Ingrid Smith; for Sirkus Theatre)
Dec: "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes (dir. David Croft-Smith) and "The Lesson" by Eugene Ionesco (dir. Tony Stott)
1978 - Mar: Olde Time Music Hall (with the orchestra) (by the company)
Apr: "Forget-Me-Not Lane" by Peter Nichols (dir. Jim Tannock)
Aug: "Something in it for Cordelia" by Joan Ure(dir. Sheila Campbell) [Edin. Fest.]
Dec: "This'll Sleigh You" (Xmas Revue) (by the company)
1979 - Apr: "The Anniversary" by Bill McIlwraith (dir. Andy Baird)
Jun: "Oh What a Lovely War" by Joan Littlewood (dir. Tony Stott)
Oct: "Absent Friends" by Alan Ayckbourn (dir. Celia Hacking)
Dec: "Festive Treason" (by the company)
1980 - Apr: "The Real Inspector Hound" and "After Magritte" by Tom Stoppard (dir. Tony Stott)
Jun: "God" by Woody Allen (dir. Rod MacCowan)
Dec: "Jack and the Beanstalk" (written by committee!) (dir. Jim Tannock)
1981 - Jan: "Gallimaufry"(by the company)
Apr: "The Diary of Anne Frank" (dir. Pat MacCowan)
Jun: "A Tomb With a View" by Norman Robbins (dir. Gary Winn)
Oct: "Something in it for Cordelia" by Joan Ure (dir. Sheila Campbell)
Dec: "Aladdin" (written & directed by Andy Baird)
1982 - Apr: "The Chalk Garden" by Enid Bagnold (dir. Jim Greer)
Jun: "Brush with a Body" by Maurice McLaughlin (dir. Jim Duff)
Sep: "The Private Ear" by Peter Schaffer (dir. Jim Duff)
Dec: "Cinderella" (written & directed by Jean Doole)
1983 - Mar: "The Trojan Women" by Euripides (dir. Ian Dickson & Jean Doole)
Jun: "Wait Until Dark" by Frederick Knott (dir. Jim Tannock)
Dec: "Red Riding Hood" (by Gary Winn) (dir. Jean Doole & Sheila Campbell)
1984 - Mar: "Gaslight" by Patrick Hamilton (dir. Jim Greer)
Jun: "An' Me Wi' a Bad Leg Tae" by Billy Connolly (dir. Jim Duff) (World Amateur Premiere)
Jul: "H.T. - Harbour Terrestials" [Harbour Festival] (dir. Gary Winn et al.)
Oct: "Pardon Me, Prime Minister" (dir. Isabel Silver)
Dec: "Sleeping Beauty" (written & directed by Jean Doole)
1985 - Mar: "Moby Dick" & "Henry X Part 7" by Michael Green (dir. Gary Winn)
Oct: "Boeing, Boeing" (dir. Jim Tannock)
Dec: "Dick Whittington and his Magic Cat" (written & directed by Jean Doole)
1986- Mar: "Albert" by Richard Harris (dir. Gaye Dillon) and "A Phoenix Too Frequent" by Christopher Fry (dir. Sheila Campbell)
Jun: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee (dir. Jim Tannock)
Sep: Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" (dir. Isabel Silver)
Dec: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (written & directed by David Parker)
1987 - Mar: "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare (dir. Jean Park)
Jun: "Plaza Suite" by Neil Simon (dir.s Donald Munro, Christine Stanley, Martin Smith; exec. dir. Jim Tannock)

Aug.: "Spearathon" - sponsored 50-hour reading of Shakespeare's works
Oct.: "Dangerous Corner" by J B Priestley (dir. Isabelle Murdoch)
Dec.: panto "Buck Crusoe in the 25th century", written & directed by David Parker
1988 Mar: “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare (dir. Jean Park)
June: “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder (dir. Andy Baird)
Oct: “The Slab Boys” by John Byrne (dir. Christine Stanley)
Dec: “Robin Hood & His Merry Men” by Pete Wadley (dir. Martin Smith)
1989 Mar: “Lloyd George Knew My Father” by William Douglas Home (dir. Isabel Duff)
June: “The Exorcism” by Don Taylor (dir. Andy Baird)
Sept: “Cuttin' A Rug” by John Byrne (dir. Christine Stanley)
Dec: “Cinderella” (orig. Jean Doole) Isabel Duff (dir. Isabel Duff)
1990 Mar: “The Birds” by Aristophanes (dir. Ian Dickson) (Co-production with St Michael's Academy, for Glasgow City of Culture year)
June: “Romeo & Juliet”by William Shakespeare (dir. Jean Park)
Sept: “Still Life” by John Byrne (dir. Christine Stanley)
Dec: “The Friendly Dragon” by Stephen Entwhistle & lain Silver (dir. Stephen Entwhistle)
1991 Mar: “Abigail's Party” by Mike Leigh (dir. Jim Tannock)
June: “Bessie the Kilwinning Witch” & “How the Puddlydoodly Got Its Name” (for Cunninghame Arts Festival) (dir. Leslie Melville & the Company)
Sept: “Beyond The Cringe” (revue) The Company (dir. The Company)
Dec: “The Wizard of Oz” (dir. Rosemary Philips)
1992 Mar: “Rookery Nook” by Ben Travers (dir. Isabel Duff)
June: “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman (dir. Christine Stanley)
Dec: “Aladdin” (orig. Andy Baird) Isabel Duff (dir. Isabel Duff)
1993 Mar: “The Happy Journey” by Thornton Wilder (dir. Sheila Campbell)
& “Between Mouthfuls” by Alan Ayckbourn (dir. Isabelle Murdoch)
May: “Mother Figure” by Alan Ayckbourn (dir. Pat Baird) for Project Theatre
June: “Murder in Company” (dir. Isabel Duff)
Oct: “Albert” by Richard Harris (dir. Gaye Dillon)
& “The Patient” Agatha Christie (dir. David Glover)
& “Gosforth's Fete” by Alan Ayckbourn (dir. Isabelle Murdoch)
Dec: “Beauty & The Beast” by Trudy West (dir. Isabel Duff)
1994 Mar: “See You Tomorrow” by Frank Bickery (dir. Gerry Welsh) for Two Guys & A Girl
Apr: “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams (dir. Andy Baird) for Kaleidoscope Theatre Co
June: “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekov (dir. Christine Stanley) (for Cunninghame Arts Festival)
Oct: “The Orchestra” by Jean Anouilh (dir. Ian Dickson)
Dec: “Three Cheers for Father Christmas” by Chris Doveton (dir. Gemma Ramsay) (co-production with The Society)
1995 Mar: “The Sailmaker” by Alan Spence (dir. Derek Murdoch) (plus touring dates for CDC's Outreach programme)
June: “Don't Blame it on the Boots” by N J Warburton (dir. Rosemary Philips)
& “The Bald Prima Donna” by Eugene Ionesco (dir. Sheila Campbell)
Dec: “The Adventures of Dick McWhittington” by Andy Baird (dir. Rosemary Philips)
1996 Apr: “Burns & Blisters” (bar show) The Company (dir. The Company)
June: “Streuth!” (dir. Sheila Campbell)
& “A Collier's Tuesday Tea” by Michael Green (dir. Andy Baird)
Sept: “A Tribute to the Musicals” Devised & choreographed by June McGuire
Dec: “Jack & the Beanstalk” by Frank O'Neill (dir. Rosemary Philips)
1997 No productions (?)
1998 June: “The Steamie” by Tony Roper (dir. Jean Park)
1999 Dec: “The Steamie” by Tony Roper (dir. Jean Park)