28 November, 2020

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Launch Giving Tuesday Campaign

Pitlochry Festival Theatre are launching an appeal, Support Our Artists, on Giving Tuesday, 1 December to raise funds throughout the month, to employ actors, writers, musicians and other creative artists - freelance theatre workers who have been hit hard by COVID 19 - by commissioning work for their audiences to enjoy online until we can gather together for live performance once more.

Giving Tuesday is an international day of global giving when everyone can come together to do something to support the good causes that mean so much to us all. Since the Theatre closed its doors in the face of the pandemic in March, they have been keeping company with communities and making work for audiences to enjoy every day digitally, online, on the radio and on the phone!

Their online entertainment series for all ages, #PFTLightHopeJoy, has reached over 2.5 million people online using the extraordinary and wide-ranging skills of their summer ensemble actors, as well as other creative artists, who otherwise may have had their livelihoods halted. Their aim is to be able to continue to deliver this every day for audiences, nationally and internationally, until they can reopen their doors and create their acclaimed, live productions once more.

Jesse Fox, one of the actors from the Summer ensemble, and frequently performing online through the theatre’s digital channels for #PFTLightHopeJoy, explained:

 “I feel extremely lucky to have been part of #PFTLightHopeJoy for Pitlochry Festival Theatre over many months. On a personal note it has been an absolute live-saver having a creative focus and a creative community to be interacting with in these very strange and challenging times for so many people. I have loved being able, albeit in an unusual way, to carry on flexing those creative muscles, having discussions with Elizabeth and her brilliant team, with our audiences and to generate content for our audiences to enjoy.”

For those not able or not comfortable with online and digital work, or who just want personal company, Pitlochry Festival Theatre also launched their Telephone Club right at the beginning of lockdown: to give those feeling isolated and lonely an opportunity to chat with their actors and keep connected to the Theatre. The Telephone Team has been having weekly chats with callers from around the country ever since.

One caller told us what it has meant to them:

My wife has just received her third call and I really have to say the result of each call is amazing. The lack of social contact with other than immediate family is all taking its toll, and then she receives a call from the theatre. What a difference! Her normal optimism that things will get better, energy to face life, and a smile, all returned. I cannot thank them enough.”

So far, since the beginning of lockdown in March, the theatre has supported their creative community by employing 82 actors, writers, musicians, and other creative artists. They reached an international audience of around 3 million listeners for Adventures with the Painted People - their radio reimagining of the production due for their stage in the 2020 Summer Season - a co-production with Naked productions for BBC for Radio 3, in Jun. And have since gone on to commission and produce 25 new dramatic pieces from UK writers, through their, already-launched and brought forward, artistic project, Shades of Tay – A Love Letter to Scotland.

Right now, the fruits of lengthy planning work outside is coming to life, to comply with government social-distancing guidelines to the fullest extent possible, through the 11-acre campus including the prized Explorers’ Garden, beginning with The Magic of Christmas, 27 November to 23 December.

The theatre strives to continue to be flexible and pertinent in these ever-changing times and make sure they can generate work for theatre artists, and for audiences to enjoy

If you are able, and would like to help Pitlochry Festival Theatre support their artists in these difficult times, please donate to the Support Our Artists through the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/PFTSupportourArtists

Or use the QR code for a quick and easy way to donate.

 Giving Tuesday Qr codeSimply open your camera on your phone

 Focus on the QR code as if you were going to take a photo

and a link will come up on your screen.

 Tap the link and it will take you straight to the Just Giving Campaign.

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