LISTEN: Elizabeth Newman explains what the new project is all about
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre is teaming up with Capital Theatres to start ‘the Musical Commissioning Hub’.
Capital Theatres are the same people behind Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s Theatre’s and now they’re pairing up with Pitlochry’s own in the new scheme.
The Musical Commissioning Hub aims to support artists with the ‘creation of exciting now Scottish musicals.’
Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre said: “This collaboration and artistic strategy with Capital Theatres will be integral to how we develop new work for this new space and continue to serve brilliant audiences and artists.”
Explaining how the project came to life, Elizabeth Newman said: “As we navigate through these challenging times, it feels vital that we continue to develop new work by brilliant Scottish artists that celebrates Scotland’s long history of creating great music for its theatre audiences.
“Due to COVID-19, everything has been so hard for everyone in recent months and we believe it is vital that we offer artists support.
“We want to offer as many opportunities to artists as possible to create new and exciting work that can be showcased around Scotland.
“At Pitlochry Festival Theatre, we are developing exciting plans to open our new Studio Theatre next Summer.”
Ending December 15, this new hub is calling on artist across the country to come with their creativity and submit their work.
Writers will be asked to submit an outline for a new musical alongside details of their previous work to be considered by a panel of experts.
Panellists include award winning composer Howard Goodall, Scottish singer and actress Barbara Dickson, singer Ricky Ross, artistic director Robert Softley Gale, Royal Lyceum Theatre writer and director David Greig.
Theatre director and radio host Matthew Xia, the Play That Goes Wrong producer Kenny Wax, award winning actress Katie Brayben, co-director Aisha Khan and co-chairs Fiona Gibson and Pitlochry’s own Elizabeth Newman.
“Music is such an important part of Scotland’s heritage. As we emerge through lockdown and social distancing, we believe Scottish audiences have an appetite for new musicals celebrating Scotland’s culture, spirit and humour.
“This unprecedented period of our venues being closed provides a unique window of opportunity to progress new Scottish works at a time when enjoyment and entertainment has never been more necessary”, says Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres.
Elizabeth Newman added: “We know that audiences are longing to come back together for a good night out so we couldn’t think of a better way to welcome them back than with some exciting new musicals created by the very best Scottish talent.
“Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Capital Theatres both have a long history of welcoming audiences to experience great musicals.
“And it felt vital that we develop this new work to offer hope to everyone that we will be back soon – laughing, crying, and challenging ourselves to make sense of our extraordinary world together.”
Submissions to the hub can be made through the Capital Theatre’s website: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/musical-commissioning-hub