30 April, 2018

Summer 2018 Ensemble Announced

Pitlochry Festival Theatre announces its 2018 Summer Season acting company

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s new 17-strong acting ensemble (pictured) recently gathered all together on stage, to celebrate what promises to be another spectacular Summer Season at Scotland’s Theatre in the Hills.

This year, the ensemble features several familiar faces including Helen Logan who has appeared in 40 PFT productions over 12 Summer Seasons. A twice winner of the Leon Siden Award, Helen is fondly remembered for her roles in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Yellow On The Broom, Whisky Galore – A Musical! and more recently: Scrooge!, This Happy Breed and Carousel.

Last seen in PFT’s terrific Autumn production of The Monarch Of The Glen, Mark Elstob returns this year to play Henry Carr (amongst other roles) in the chaotic comedy Travesties. Mark is well remembered from previous outstanding performances in Present Laughter, The Lady In The Van and Pyrenees. 

Alan Steele makes a welcome return to play Douglas Begg in Rona Munro’s The Last Witch and Lenin in Stoppard’s comic masterpiece Travesties. Audiences and critics alike raved about Alan’s performances as J.M. Barrie in last year’s Mary Rose as well as Fret in Europe.

If you enjoyed High Society last Summer then you’ll be delighted with news that both Alan Mirren and Alex Scott Fairley - both of whom brought the house down – are once again, in the Pitlochry company. Alan takes on the roles of Amos Hart in Chicago and Valentine Brown in Quality Street while Alex plays James Joyce in Travesties, Lieutenant Spicer in Quality Street and adds a ray of sunshine to Chicago!

Audiences can also say a hello again to Deirdre Davis, who is a familiar face from TV’s River City in which she played Eileen Donachie for 13 years. Deirdre most recently appeared on the Pitlochry stage as Trixie – the lady of the Glen - in the much acclaimed The Monarch Of The Glen. Having performing in Bold Girls at the Citizens Theatre, Deirdre returns to Pitlochry to play Janet Horne in The Last Witch, Blanche Skinner in Before The Party, LV’s mum – Mari Hoff - in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice and Mary in J.M. Barrie’s Quality Street.

Carl Patrick, who played Dexter in PFT’s smash-hit Christmas musical Singin’ In The Rain, also makes a return to play Billy Flynn in Chicago, Ray Say in Little Voice and Bennett in Travesties. Carl can also count the 2013 Summer Season and The Ladykillers (2014) amongst his PFT credits.

Graham Mackay Bruce who played (to perfection!) Bob Cratchit in Scrooge! also returns to Pitlochry this Summer to play Tristan Tzara in Travesties, Fred in Chicago and Niall in The Last Witch.

Amongst the many new faces at PFT this Season, Irene Myrtle-Forrester brings a wealth of West End experience having recently performed in The Lion King and Hairspray amongst others. There’s no doubt she will truly revel in the role of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago!

Amongst her credits, Camrie Palmer has tread the boards at Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre appearing in Blackbird, Rapunzel and Lanark: A Life In Three Acts. Camrie originally hails from Perthshire and makes her PFT debut this Summer.

Having performed in UK Tours of Legally Blonde and Save The Last Dance For Me, Niamh Bracken swapped the touring life for London's West End, taking the role of Gwen in Sunny Afternoon, and in the ensemble in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Niamh is ready for the PFT challenge of multiple roles across multiple shows, launching the season as our very own Velma Kelly in Chicago.

Fresh from Barnum, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London and a UK tour of Mary Poppins, Lucie-Mae Sumner also joins the PFT ensemble this summer. Lucie brings a wealth of experience and talent having performed in Guys And Dolls in the West End as well UK tours of Avenue Q and Sister Act.

Kirsty McDuff, who was last seen aboard a Clyde puffer in our production of Para Handy, sails back to Pitlochry this Summer to play the Laura Skinner who shocks her family with her return and revelation in Before The Party. Kirsty will also appear in Chicago and Quality Street.

Other new faces to the Pitlochry stage this summer are: David Rankine: The Last Bordello (Fire Exit), Cosmonaut (Edinburgh Science Festival), His Bloody Project (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and The Taming Of The Shrew (Bard In The Botanics): Fiona Wood: Glory On Earth, The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum Theatre) and The James Plays (NTS); and Isaac Stanmore who has performed in UK wide tours of I Capture The Castle; 24 Hour Plays and Kiss Me Quickstep (UK Tour).

Last, but by no means least, Laura Costello will make her professional debut at Pitlochry. A graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, Laura’s blistering vocal abilities landed her the role of Little Voice in the play of the same title. She’s all set to spend a summer in rural Perthshire where she’ll also play Annie in Chicago, amongst other roles.

The 2018 Summer Season at Pitlochry Festival Theatre opens at 8.00pm on Friday 25th May, with the first performance of Chicago, closely followed by Jim Cartwright’s poignant and riotous musical comedy, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice which opens at 2.00pm on Thursday 31st, May.

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