Pitlochry Festival Theatre reveals full ensemble for summer season

Last Updated on 20 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

A 22-strong ensemble including Jane McCarry, Colin McCredie, Lauren Samuels, Daniel Boys and Kirsty Stuart will work on Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s outdoor season

Pitlochry theatre cast

Pitlochry Festival Theatre has announced its ensemble of actors, singers and writers for its summer season including the stage premiere of David Greig’s Adventures with the Painted People.

The 22-strong ensemble will work on a series of productions taking place outdoors across the site by the River Tay in Perthshire – some for just a week, others for several months.

It comprises Jane McCarry, Colin McCredie, Lauren Samuels, Daniel Boys, Richard Colvin, Brian Ferguson, Beth Frieden, Connor Going, Katie Grosset, Barrie Hunter, Nicholas Karimi, Kate Milner-Evans, Alicia McKenzie, Colleen Nicoll, Lana Pheutan, David Rankine, Kirsty Stuart, Daibhidh Walker, Ali Watt and Fiona Wood plus writers Jo Clifford and Lesley Orr.

Taking place from late May until September in the theatre’s outdoor amphitheatre and riverside bandstand, the 70th anniversary summer season will include the stage premiere of Greig’s Adventures with the Painted People from 10 June to 4 July.

Postponed from last summer because of the Covid shutdown, it was adapted by the theatre’s artistic director, Elizabeth Newman, for BBC Radio 3 with Kirsty Stuart and Olivier Huband. Stuart will return for the stage premiere alongside Karimi. It will be directed by Newman with lighting design by Jeanine Byrne and music and sound design by Ben Occhipinti.

Hannah Lavery’s new one-person adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, gothic tale, Jekyll and Hyde, will run on 18, 26 and 28 August and 1 and 8 September.

Mark Powell’s new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows will be performed on the banks of the River Tummel from July through to September.

A Night by the River Tay is a series of short plays from the theatre’s acclaimed digital collection, Shades of Tay, written by an incredible line up of great Scottish talent. It will run on various dates between 14 July and 3 September.

Jo Clifford and Lesley Orr’s new promenade production, Requiem, from 15 to 18 September, celebrates the lives of those lost during the pandemic.

The theatre also plans shows on afternoons and evenings throughout the summer featuring, among others, music from the West End and opera.

Newman said: “We were thrilled to create the theatre’s first Winter Ensemble this year to celebrate our 70th birthday. Due to restrictions, most of their work was produced for audiences to experience digitally. We hope audiences have enjoyed this platinum celebration online and more of the Winter Ensemble’s work will be shared throughout the year.

“However, I am over the moon to be able to share news of our Summer Ensemble. An extraordinary group of actors will be coming together to create our 2021 70th-anniversary summer season.

“It will be a summer season like no other, like nothing Pitlochry Festival Theatre audiences have ever seen before in Pitlochry. This summer will be an entirely outdoor rep season in various locations across the Pitlochry campus.

“This 22-strong acting ensemble will be performing in Pitlochry for different lengths of time throughout the summer, some for a week, some for two and others for many months.

“Each actor will bring something utterly unique to the season. For instance, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will produce opera for the first time so we are thrilled to welcome so much opera talent to the ensemble this year as well as continue our tradition of making life-affirming, home-grown drama and musicals.

“We are also particularly excited about our offer for family audiences this year, which many of the ensemble will bring to life.”


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