9 July, 2018

Pitlochry Festival Theatre features on BBC Radio 4

After a beautiful sunny Summer’s day recording at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, BBC Radio 4’s monthly show of the best in theatre, playwriting and live performance across the UK, Opening Night, featured the run up to the theatre’s fifth production to open this Season, on their Saturday afternoon show, and is available to listen to online here.

Broadcast from a new town or city each month, Opening Night gives listeners a backstage pass to theatres around the UK, with lots of behind-the scenes information and show snippets, and this last episode focussed on Before The Party, due to open at the Theatre In The Hills, in under two weeks, 19 July. BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth, presents in-depth interviews with Director, Gemma Fairlie, Set and Costume Designer, Amanda Stoodley, and lead performers, Kirsty McDuff who plays the central character, Laura Skinner and Mark Elstob, who plays her father, Aubrey Skinner.

Janice discusses the challenges and joys of Pitlochry’s traditional repertory style of theatre with a cast of up to seventeen performers and, with the theatre announcing a new Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, hears about the strong central women at the heart of the plays being staged. The show moves to Perth Theatre for a panel discussion on Scottish theatre and transient audiences, with PFT’s Season Director, Richard Baron, Anna Beedham from Perth Concert Hall & Theatre, and Neil Cooper, theatre critic for The Herald.

For professional insights, backstage and behind the scenes, as Before the Party heads for the stage, click here to listen to the 30-minute show.

Or, to book your tickets to see Before the Party, call PFT’s Box Office team on 01796 484626 or click here to book online.

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