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Fury from Falkirk theatre and dance groups over threat of town hall closure this year

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Theatre and dance groups are furious that Falkirk Town Hall could close its doors for good on December 31 - while its replacement is still to be decided.

Members of Falkirk Arts Network said local groups had been "totally blindsided by the news" from Falkirk Council. Both Big Bad Wolf Theatre Company and Falkirk Operatic Society already have shows booked in the town hall for next year and have already paid for costumes, sets and the rights to perform. Read more: Falkirk Town Hall could close after panto season as plan to save it could cost millions Louise Harland, Big Bad Wolf's chairperson, said the decision would mean the popular children's theatre being forced to cancel their show planned for February.Having just received an email to say councillors were due to vote on a potential closure next week she said their reaction was "panic."Ms Harland said: "It will be devastating for the children's mental health, considering we're already into rehearsals and we've already spent money on licensing.

We build our own sets and that work has already started."Falkirk Live brings you the latest headlines from Falkirk and beyond.But did you know all the ways you can stay informed with us?We share live news and exclusive scoops every day so make sure you're following us so we can keep you informed on all things Falkirk!Moving to another venue isn't an option, she told the local democracy reporting service.

With 75 children on stage, there is no other venue in the Falkirk area big enough to accommodate them.She said: "We can't use the schools because we need to leave a set up in situ for a full week and you can't do that in a school."Falkirk Operatic Society - which will celebrate its 120th anniversary next year - also said they

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