The Border Studio

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About Us

Are you searching to find scenery that is not only beautifully painted and well built, but also works within your budget and is provided alongside a tailored, reliable service? The Border Studio is the solution you need.

Who We Are
We are a family business with a story worthy of the West End stage– a tale of humble beginnings to our emergence as a leading company for scenery and backcloth hire who provide scenery all across the UK, Ireland and internationally.
Established over 50 years ago by Les Garner, a scenic artist in the West End of London, The Border Studio originally operated out of a small garage studio in his wife’s hometown of Selkirk. Les initially painted scenery for local theatre groups but as word of his talent spread, demand quickly increased and today the business operates out of a custom renovated 36,000sq ft woollen mill.

What We Care About
As well as striving to provide our customers with a high level of care and assistance, we are committed to supporting the theatre arts, specifically encouraging young people through support and mentorship.
The memorial Leslie Allan Garner Award is a bursary that allows a young person to attend a technical theatre course and kick-start their career. Past recipients have gone on to study at Central St Martin’s.
We have also donated several awards to NODA regions to recognise excellence within amateur theatre and have strong links to many local schools and youth organisations through our work experience programme.
We are always happy to talk with people interested in gaining some experience of life ‘behind the scenes.’

What We Do
We are renowned for our designs and are proud to be one of the last remaining scenery suppliers to design, build and paint all of our scenery and backcloths in-house, thanks to our team of dedicated technical craftsmen. We work hard to tailor our service for each customer to ensure that you can have the best show possible, regardless of size and budget.
We want to hear from you about your next show and what we can provide to make it your best one yet.

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