As part of Creative Scotland’s second round of the Performing Arts Venue Relief fund, the Pitlochry festival theatre has received funding to keep the theatre afloat and continue to provide entertainment.
The theatre received £485,112 from Creative Scotland as the team plan seven projects over the winter.
Crawford Gillies, Chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre added: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Government for all their support over the last 16 months, which has helped to ensure the Theatre continues to create work for our audiences.”
80 freelancers are planned to be included as part of these upcoming projects starting in October through to December.
Kris Bryce, Executive Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre said: “We’re grateful for this vital support from the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund. The previous round from Scottish Government allowed us to stabilise the Theatre and produce work for over 15,000 audience members.
“Throughout the pandemic, when we couldn’t gather inside, we have worked to produce theatre online and outside for our communities. This funding from PAVRF enables us to engage more creative practitioners and serve more audience members as theatre continues to emerge.”
Another 52 freelancers were employed over the summer as part of the productions put on this year by the theatre.
Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement said: “Our first priority continues to be supporting the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s art and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the sector can open up again more fully.
“Nevertheless, we remain acutely aware of the critical challenges faced by so many cultural organisations, and we know how vital this funding is in continuing to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly.”
Now the theatre is expecting to welcome around 20,000 visitors either online, indoors or outside through the upcoming programmes.
A spokesperson for the Pitlochry Festival Theatre added: “PFT will deliver seven key projects which will support the Theatre’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, to ensure broad participation in the creation of, and engagement with, cultural activity. The Theatre will work Inside, Outside and Online to achieve maximum engagement.”