Citizens Theatre Brings A Govanhill Aladdin To The Baths
Posted: 14th Dec. 2011 By Andrew Johnson
A delighted 100 or so local school children packed into the baths last Friday afternoon to see the pantomime, Aladdin performed with a local twist in the deep end of the main pool! Another 100 or so local folk followed them in the evening to fill the pool and the refurbished front suite of the baths afterwards for hot soup and other delights. The genie brought a new bath, washing powder and washing machines for the steamie in a script written by local folk with the Citizen's writers. Complete with outrageously funny "pigeons" (a feature of the baths steamie) and "bams" forced to changed their nasty ways and the baths re-opened all was well with the world! . "They said they were dreamers for trying to open the baths" declared Aladdin's mum, "they don't say that any more"
And what a mesmeric change to the main pool. Complete with theatre and Christmas lighting, magnificent pool-wall friezes and ceiling decorations, for all the world we walked into a real theatre. Thanks to everyone for a magnificent "home-coming" for all those folks present who had their feet back in the baths at last!
"I first swam in this pool in 1939 and after it as closed never thought anyone would again. What colossal work the baths Trust has done to get this far and even bring us a pantomime in the deep-end! Strength to your elbows Baths Trust, keep up the great work, the community is behind you for sure". (Govanhill resident, Alison Streeet 75 years)
"I liked the line that everyone said the baths trust were dreamers when they said they would open up the baths. I was one of those who for years said that but I've had to change tune now. Thanks for a great evening and afternoon for my kids!" Resident, Calder Street
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