As announced on Heartland FM, Pitlochry Festival Theatre has had to place a "significant number of roles" at risk of redundancy in order to ensure the survival of the Theatre.
In a statement, they say: "Due to Mr Sunak’s latest announcements around the Job Retention Scheme, known as Furlough, we’ve had to place a significant number of roles at risk of redundancy at PFT.
We know that if we don’t take action now we will run out of cash in November. We are retaining as many people as possible to ensure we are able to welcome the public to our buildings when we are able to do so.
We have also saved key roles so we can continue to engage with the public online and then outside, when possible. We know that we need to continue to be here for people and provide art and creative activities during this difficult time."
Commenting on the situation, John Swinney says: “Pitlochry Festival Theatre is one of Highland Perthshire’s finest attractions, and is a venue that is rightly lauded for the high quality of its productions. To that end, news of potential redundancies will be a source of concern for all within the community. My sympathies are first and foremost with the affected staff and their families. I am keen to offer any assistance I can, and would ask that anyone with specific concerns contacts my office directly.”
Pete Wishart MP adds: “It is hugely regrettable to hear that Pitlochry Festival Theatre is having to make this very difficult decision. I fully understand the difficulties that all businesses are facing right now, but it is all the more uncertain for places like cinemas and theatres who rely on seats being full to continue to operate. My thoughts are with the staff who are facing redundancy and I will do all that I can to support them going forward. COVID-19 has created financial uncertainty for many and it is vital that the government offers all the support that they can to assist people back to work.”
Listen to Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, discussing the matter on Heartland FM.