Here is the social programme for Summer into Autumn 2019.
Performance One: Saturday 27 July
Pitlochry Festival Theatre Double Bill
‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward 2pm
Celebrated novelist Charles Condomine invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance as research for his latest book and she surprisingly materialises Charles’ first wife, the alluring and mischievous Elvira, who embarks on a series of troublesome events from harmless to very dangerous.
This is Coward’s most inventive and successful comedy staged by Dollar Drama Club in 1971, 1986 and 2009.
Opportunity for a stroll before dinner at a local venue.
‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller 8pm
For the puritanical folk of Salem the news that their young women have been conjuring spirits in the forest is devastating and the devil amongst them must be driven out whatever the cost.
Fear and suspicion spiral out of control unleashing accusations, hysteria, lust and revenge.
A powerful masterpiece of 20th Century theatre.
Names required no later than Monday 1 July.
Performance Two: Friday 9 August
‘Heritage’ by Nicola McCartney
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 8pm
Leaving her native Ulster behind Sarah McCrea and her family prepare to face a bright future in 1914 Canada. However a deepening relationship with Michael Donoghue highlights centuries of conflict and the realisation that old battles are being fought on new territory.
A poignant, poetic exploration of love, identity and tribalism.
Performance Three: Saturday 17 August
‘Summer Holiday’ The Musical
Stage adaptation by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2pm
During a wet Scottish summer a Pitlochry bus driver whisks his workmates away on a borrowed bus in search of sunshine and fun in Athens.
Immortalised by Cliff Richard and the Shadows – jump on board and singalong to popular 1960’s hits like In the Country, Bachelor Boy, The Young Ones, Living Doll, and many more.
Pre-theatre buffet lunch.
Performance Four: Saturday 31 August
‘Blonde Bombshells of 1943’ by Alan Plater
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 8.00 pm
Betty’s glamorous band has to recruit new talent for a BBC Radio performance - enter a draft dodging drummer unafraid to don a frock, a ukulele playing nun, a schoolgirl clarinettist and a soldier saxophonist.
Based on the BAFTA winning film this show features live vocal performances of hits by Glen Miller, The Andrews Sisters, George Formby etc. with all the glitz and glamour of a bygone era.
Names for the above required no later than Monday 15 July.
Performance Five: Friday 20 September
‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell adapted by Janys Chambers.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 8pm
Strong willed Vicar’s daughter Margaret Hale moves from the rarefied atmosphere of the rural South to the roughness and vitality of a Northern England factory town and a new life of strikes and strife.
Hot bloodied industrialist John Thornton rules his 19th Century cotton mill with an iron hand and sparks fly when Margaret challenges both master and millhands.
Can reason overcome pride and prejudice and compassion triumph over a blind adherence to market forces?
Names required no later than Monday 19 August.
Performance Six: Saturday 7 December
‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Isobel McArthur
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2.30pm
A bold new adaptation of this classic yuletide story as miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge receives a series of supernatural visitors determined to show him the error of his ways and to love his neighbours.
A Festive tale of redemption packed with music, song and dance.
Names required no later than Monday 4 November.
Please note that tickets once purchased cannot be exchanged or returned.
Possible future outings
‘A Woman of No Importance’ by Oscar Wilde
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh 1 – 5 October
‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh 8-12 October. National Theatre acclaimed production
‘Barefoot in the Park’ by Neil Simon
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 12 – 29 March 2020
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 3 – 25 April 2020
Members are regularly informed of forthcoming local amateur productions through SCDA Monthly Newsletters and Social Secretary mailings.
Scottish Community Drama
British Final of One Act Plays, Harrogate Theatre 5 – 6 July 7pm. Post show functions in Cairn Hotel.
11 September Stirling District AGM, Callander Kirk Hall 7.30pm.
19 October Divisional AGM 11am, Fife venue to be confirmed.
1-2 November National AGM Weekend, Queens Hotel, Perth. Full Social Programme to be announced.
One Act Play Festival Diary 2020
6-7 March Stirling District Round, Cowane Centre, Stirling.
20-21 March Eastern Division Final, Byre Theatre, St Andrews.
23-25 April Scottish Final, Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall.
3 August, Summer Barbecue at Linda and Mick’s house, Dollar 3pm.
Featuring games and quiz devised by Andrew. B.Y.O.B.
27 August, Annual General Meeting in Dollar Golf Club 7.30pm
Enjoy a great season of theatre!