LISTEN: Lu Kemp explains what Fun Palaces is and what sort of events and activities are coming up
Everyone from amateur gardeners, footballers or photographers and keen cooks are welcome to join Perth Theatre, the nation and the rest of the world in this year’s Fun Palaces.
Starting this weekend, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, this is a chance to show off and learn new skills and talents from Highland Perthshire residents.
Lu Kemp, Perth Theatre’s artistic director said: “Although the theatre is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creativity and culture haven’t stopped, and, in fact, in some ways it has flourished in the community with more and more people finding innovative outlets for their activities.
“Lots of us have taken up new skills in small ways during this period and this is an opportunity for everyone to share these skills and pass on the pleasure they’ve got from them.”
In line with the COVID-19 measurements, this year’s activities will be held online, local MP, Pete Wishart starts off with a lesson teaching the introduction to Runrig’s classic version of Loch Lomond on keyboard.
Among the other special zoom’s set up includes, Perth panto dame, Barrie Hunter, who will give a lesson in panto dame make-up, local poet Jim Mackintosh with a specially written poem and performances from Andy Gray, Emma Neck, Victoria Beesley and members of Perth Youth Theatre.
Fun Palaces also stretches beyond the digital realm, Horsecross Arts is encouraging safe and socially distanced activities to unite communities.
On of these is the is the call for homes and businesses to decorate their windows, windows with displays can let the theatre know and they will be added to a map so people can visit them around Highland Perthshire.
Mrs Kemp added: “We had originally planned to open the doors of Perth Theatre to the community to stage Fun Palaces as part of our 120 the anniversary celebrations.
“We’re excited to see what people have been getting up to!”
Anyone is welcome to host a Palace of their own, they just need to sign up online and the theatre is on hand to help