For the first time since 2019, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre has opened the doors to its main auditorium and welcomed back audience members to the main house for a performance of Sunshine on Leith.
During the enforced closure by the Coronavirus pandemic, the theatre underwent some redevelopment, with a new Studio theatre set to open shortly, alongside work to the front of house access points so they the theatre can remain open during future construction.
During the spring of 2021, Pitlochry Festival Theatre took performances outside making use of the amphitheatre space in the Explorers Garden and a bandstand on the lawn.
Executive Director of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Kris Bryce speaking about his hopes for the redevelopment and performance spaces will mean for Highland Perthshire saying: “what really exciting is, over the last two years we’ve encountered new audiences who are interested in different types of work that we might not be able to produce on our main stage.
“So, in Christmas 2020 when we imagined the magic of Christmas through the explorers garden, we encountered a entirely new audience of families and young people coming along and wanting to experience story telling in a slightly different way which just isn’t possible in the main house auditorium, and we were able to take that forward out onto the lawns last summer with Wind in the Willows, and we’re doing that again this summer with Around the World in Eighty Days.
“By having different performance spaces, we able to welcome more people, not more people to same work but more people to more work, and what we can effectively be is theatre for all, theatre for a lifetime, which we have been speaking about for the last four years.
“What that means is from little teeny tiny ones who are coming along and experiencing theatre and storytelling for the first time maybe out on the lawns beside the river, to experiencing really powerful new writing and drama in the studio from some of Scotland’s best writers, and then those big main stage productions like Sunshine on Leith and Noise is Off which we have running at the moment in the main house which are classics and hugely popular and brilliant for a space of 550 people.”
You can find more information about the festival theatre and their upcoming work at https://pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com/