Extension plans lodged at Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Pitlochry Festival Theatre has submitted proposals for the creation of a second performance space and an extension to its front of house area.
Under the application lodged to Perth & Kinross Council, the second performance space will be created within the existing building to form an accessible 175-seat studio, which will provide a flexible additional space to showcase new writing and touring productions from across Scotland and UK.
With this work, Pitlochry Festival Theatre aims to invest in its future for both existing and new audiences, to support and create jobs, and to engage with a wider range of artists from all over Scotland and the UK.
The plans have been designed and prepared by Suzie Bridges Architects, a specialist in refurbishing theatres, whose previous projects have included Victoria Palace Theatre, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Cast, Doncaster.
Colin Liddell, chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre, said: “Whilst COVID-19 is a major challenge for everyone involved in theatre, it provides an unexpected opportunity for us to accelerate our redevelopment plans so that the Theatre becomes a beacon of hope and provides a symbolic vision of what culture can provide in a post-COVID world.
“This work is funded by Dunard Fund and Gannochy Trust, whose charitable support I am delighted to acknowledge. Their generous funding to us forms part of our Theatre’s match-funding of the £10m capital funding committed to the Theatre through the Tay Cities Deal.”
Kris Bryce, executive director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, added: “I’m delighted that we’ve reached this milestone. Our capital project has been developed over a number of years as part of the Tay Cities Deal. By investing in this work, at a time when theatres have been forced to close, we’re sending a clear message that we believe in the future of our Theatre, of the region, and the jobs which we support.”
If approved, it is expected that the new studio space at Pitlochry Festival Theatre will open to the public in May 2021, to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of Scotland’s ‘Theatre in the Hills’ and the start of the Summer 2021 season.