In 1952 the Fraserburgh Photographic Society staged a pantomime, “Humpty Dumpty”, to raise funds for equipment. The pantomime was so successful that the following year some of the members came together and formed the Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society. The object of the society being to encourage young persons in the Arts.
For 65 years, the FJAS has been delighting audiences with pantomimes, plays, musicals and variety theatre, and has also been involved in all the major community events in Fraserburgh. Back in 1957 our society organised the formation of the Swimming Pool Fund after several fatalities at the beach, the project was subsequently adopted by Aberdeenshire Council resulting in Fraserburgh swimming pool’s completion in 1969. During the 60’s and 70’s FJAS participated in and organised events in the local annual gala. We were heavily involved in the Fraserburgh 400 anniversary celebrations including organising a huge Hogmanay event. Our society represented Aberdeenshire in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, taking 200 youngsters to London to perform “Our Town Story”. June 2004 we produced “Tangles”, a huge free open air event at the beach, providing all day entertainment, culminating in a performance on the sands telling the history of our town and including a sail past by the lifeboat, the finale being a magnificent firework display. Due to our cooperation with the Scottish Arts Council, NEAT and Aberdeenshire International Youth Festival, many professional and international dance and theatre companies have performed in Fraserburgh.
Every year we produce a pantomime, a summer show, and run workshops for youngsters from primary 1 upwards, sometimes there is an extra production slotted in also.
Some of our former members have gone on to make Drama, Music or Dance their career after more formal training at institutes like University of West London, Aberdeen University, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MGA, Telford College, Trinity College and the London College of Music.
We will continue to encourage young people in the Arts hoping to give them a pleasurable interest even if not a helping hand to a future career.
President – Lynne McPherson Treasurer – John Gibson Secretary – Alice Irvine