12 November, 2020

Pitlochry’s Elizabeth Newman Wins Best Director Award

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman has won the award for Best Director, as announced in the prestigious Critics’Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) awards today, Thursday, 12 November, for her direction of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, the 2019 Autumn production at the Theatre in the Hills, and an acclaimed tour across the Highlands and Islands in partnership with Eden Court theatre, Inverness.

Elizabeth Newman, said:

"It was a real honour and privilege to direct Brian Friel’s Faith Healer with such a brilliant creative team and the most extraordinary group of talented actors - George Costigan, Kirsty Stuart and Richard Standing. The piece meant so much to us all, not least George who suggested we make the play together several years ago.

“The entire team at Pitlochry Festival Theatre worked so hard to make this production such a wonderful experience for everyone involved. We also loved working with Eden Court to reach new audiences. It was a truly fantastic experience to tour the Highlands and Islands in our little van. We all know, our Islands are a place of inspiration and magic so there was something rather fortuitous that when I heard the news I was sitting in a van on the Isle of Lewis… I had been thinking about what we could do next in these strange times, so needless to say, it was an important moment to receive the recognition of this award. And more than anything it just told me: just keep going.

“Thank you to everyone at CATS, the brilliant artists, theatre teams and, of course, audiences who continue to stick with us during this time."   

Elizabeth’s win was one of five nominations this year, including three more for Faith Healer: Best Production; Best Female Performance for Kirsty Stuart as Grace; Best Male Performance for George Costigan in the title role, Francis Hardy as well as Best Music and Sound, for Rob Hiley (Musical Director and Arranger) and Chloe Dougan (Sound Designer) for the 2019 Summer Season production of Blonde Bombshells of 1943.

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