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Oct
3
Tue
2017
Absurd Person Singular By Alan Ayckbourn @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 3 2017 – Jan 30 2018 all-day
Absurd Person Singular By Alan Ayckbourn @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Three ill-matched couples. Three different kitchens. Three horrendous Christmases . . .
Early 1970s suburbia: the ambitious Sydney Hopcroft is hoping to secure backing for his new business from two guests he’s invited to his festive gathering: architect Geoffrey Jackson and old-school banker Ronald Brewster-Wright. But the pressure of the situation proves a little too much for Sydney’s put-upon wife, Jane, as she attempts to keep the party sailing along upon a sea of gin and shiny formica worktops . . .
One year later, and it’s the turn of serial philanderer Geoffrey and his clinically depressed wife, Eva, to play host. Before their guests arrive, Geoffrey decides the time is right to tell Eva that their marriage is over. Already befuddled with pills, Eva believes there’s only one way out – but why can’t any of the merry visitors see what she’s really trying to do?
A further year passes and it’s Christmas chez Ronald and his caustic, hard-drinking wife, Marion. Ronald’s bank is in trouble, so there’s not much Christmas cheer. And Marion’s locked herself in the bedroom with the booze. And Geoffrey’s career has taken a nosedive. So when the Hopcrofts drop in, Sydney suddenly finds himself in a position to dominate proceedings . . .
An hilarious, wickedly observant comic masterpiece about ladder-climbing (social and otherwise) and power, Absurd Person Singular is one of the greatest plays of the last fifty years, by one of Britain’s – and PFT’s – most popular playwrights. To book, call Box Office on 01796 484 626 or go online: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com

 

High Society @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 3 2017 – Feb 21 2018 all-day
High Society @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit
For the socialites of New England, it will be the Wedding of the Year: seven hundred guests, magnums of Veuve Clicquot and the beautiful, sophisticated Tracy Lord as the bride-to-be. And the groom?
According to the invitations, that honour goes to self-made man, George Kittredge. And even if George is, well, not quite from the top drawer – and a little dull – his upright character perfectly matches Tracy’s reputation as a paragon of virtue.
But then on the eve of the nuptials, Mike Connor, a down-at-heel reporter from one of New York’s scandal sheets, turns up to cover the wedding. And this rugged ‘man of the people’ is immediately smitten with the divine Miss Lord…
Even worse, Tracy’s first husband, the charming playboy, C. K. Dexter Haven, also drops in unannounced. Their marriage may have ended tempestuously, but Dexter is still dangerously attractive…
Add an estranged father, a confused mother, a meddling younger sister, an amorous uncle, a lovesick photographer, a not-so-hushed-up family scandal, mix well – and you have the makings of a very potent cocktail indeed..!
After our smash-hit production of Kiss Me, Kate in 2010, PFT returns to the genius of Cole Porter with a large cast, a fabulous swing band and some great songs (including True Love, Let’s Misbehave, Well, Did You Evah! and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) for the Scottish première of this witty, sparkling, high energy musical!

 

Mary Rose @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 3 2017 – Feb 12 2018 all-day
Mary Rose @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
By J.M. Barrie -When the young Mary Rose climbs an apple tree and announces her plans to marry, the news is greeted by her doting parents first with unbridled joy – then, strangely, with furrowed brows . . .
For Mr and Mrs Morland now feel duty-bound to tell Simon, their jovial future son-in-law, about a mysterious incident in their daughter’s past about which they have never spoken . . . not even to Mary Rose herself.
When she was a young girl, Mary Rose and her parents holidayed on a tiny island in the Outer Hebrides. And, one day, Mary Rose disappeared. Without trace.
Until three weeks later, that is, when she suddenly reappeared, wholly unaware that any time had passed. Since then, Mary Rose has appeared unaffected by this extraordinary incident – except, perhaps, for certain moments when her mind has seemed to drift . . . to somewhere else.
Four years after her marriage, Mary Rose returns to the same island with her husband and their young son. And something unthinkable happens. Again . . .
J.M. Barrie’s eerie supernatural drama of youth, love and loss, written in the aftermath of the Great War, was first staged in 1920 – and a young Alfred Hitchcock was one of the many who fell under its spell. So if you enjoyed our recent productions of The Admirable Crichton and Dear Brutus, then this mysterious, deeply moving play, which featured in PFT’s first ever Season in 1951, is not to be missed!

 

People By Alan Bennett @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 3 2017 – Feb 6 2018 all-day
People By Alan Bennett @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
With a bath on the billiard table and a garden resembling a jungle, aristocrat (and former model) Dorothy Stacpoole faces a desperate situation. The decaying family pile is close to ruin. And with the coffers all but empty, Dorothy must now choose between auctioning off the historic contents – or handing everything over to the National Trust.
Archdeacon June, her sister, is all for the Trust. But Dorothy loathes the idea of opening her home to the public: people spoil things, don’t they, trampling over history, gawking at family memories? The thought of flogging off the art and the heirlooms is equally unbearable. And there’s a third option, too: a shady, über-rich consortium is interested in buying the house and relocating it from Yorkshire to somewhere altogether more desirable. Like Dorset.
Whilst pondering which way to jump, Dorothy unexpectedly encounters a familiar face from her modelling days. Theodore, now a producer of “adult” films, is in search of the perfect period setting – and four poster bed – for his latest porn epic. And having a film crew about the place might distract Dorothy from the impossible decision she faces . . .
Bennett’s hilariously entertaining and strangely moving play about heritage and home opened at the National Theatre in London in 2012. Sharing the same theatrical DNA as PFT’s acclaimed production of The Lady In The Van, the Scottish première of People will be eagerly awaited by Bennett fans everywhere!
Please note that this play contains occasional strong language, partial nudity and some sexual content.

 

The Ruling Class By Peter Barnes @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 3 – Dec 28 all-day
The Ruling Class By Peter Barnes @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
The aristocracy: backbone of Britain, pillar of Church and State, the living embodiment of tradition. And purveyors of certain eccentricities. Some stranger than others…
When the 13th Earl of Gurney dies in somewhat embarrassing circumstances, the title is inherited by his son, Jack – to the horror of the rest of the family. Why?  Well, Jack’s particular eccentricity is a little more extreme than most: he’s a paranoid schizophrenic who thinks he’s the Father, Son and Holy Ghost…
Returning home from a clinic to assume the title – and to preach an alarmingly subversive brand of peace, love and understanding – Jack is spectacularly unsuited to life in elite society.  Appalled, the scheming Gurneys close ranks and deliver an ultimatum to Jack’s psychiatrist, Dr. Herder:  Jack must either be cured completely of his delusion – or quietly declared insane and committed to an asylum.
But Herder’s attempts to shock Jack into normality are far from orthodox… and whilst the treatment may appear outwardly successful, deep within Jack’s psyche, something dark and deadly is released…
One of the landmark plays of the 1960s, Peter Barnes’s classic cult comedy, influenced by everything from music hall to Ealing comedy, is a theatrical tour de force, combining feverish energy, ferocious humour, razor-sharp satire and genuine horror. The 1972 film earned Peter O’Toole an Oscar nomination, whilst James McAvoy starred in the acclaimed 2015 London revival. Do not miss this!
Please note that this play contains occasional strong language and some adult content

 

Oct
4
Wed
2017
Europe By David Greig @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Oct 4 – Nov 23 all-day
Europe By David Greig @ Pitlochry Festival Theatre
On the platform of a provincial railway station, in a border town somewhere in Europe, two refugees arrive: Sava and his daughter, Katia. They’ve been travelling forever. All they want to do is rest and find a place to begin again. But it won’t be here.
Because the town is dying. The station itself is about to shut: trains from Vienna, Warsaw and Budapest hurtle along the tracks, but none will stop. Both stationmaster Fret and Adele, the porter, yearn to leave. But they, like the refugees, must just watch the trains flash by…
The town’s lightbulb factory has closed. Switched off. Young locals, like Horse, Billy and Berlin, are unemployed. Their days are spent in bars, complaining, sharing angry fantasies, or prowling the streets, increasingly resentful of the refugees in their midst.
Meanwhile, the shadowy Morocco, an ‘entrepreneur’, makes a living slipping across the invisible border, buying and selling… anything. That’s where the profit is now.
Tensions rise, threaten to explode.
And at night, out in the forest, the wolves gather…
So who will live and who will die? Who will find love when it is least expected? And who will manage to escape..?
This startlingly contemporary work by Scotland’s greatest living playwright is a fierce and compassionate drama about shifting borders, changing identities and globalisation. Please note that this play contains frequent strong language.

 

Wonderful Wednesdays @ Pitlochry Golf Club
Oct 4 2017 – Apr 4 2018 all-day
Wonderful Wednesdays @ Pitlochry Golf Club
£15 includes Green Fees and Stableford competition entry fee, if you have an official registered CONGU handicap
Non handicapped golfers are also welcome for £15 Green Fees. A great excuse for a midweek break in Pitlochry. AN OPEN COMPETITION MOST WEDNESDAYS* – open to all – gents, ladies, seniors, juniors and visitors. *Due to other events such as our Golf Week and both Highland Open weeks, our Wonderful Wednesday competitions may not run – please check with the Pro Shop team. Tee times available all day – no restrictions (Bookings essential – Phone Pro-Shop). For entry details call 01796 472 792 or email info@pitlochrygolf.co.uk

 

Cruise Loch Tay @ Loch Tay Safaris
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm
Cruise Loch Tay @ Loch Tay Safaris

A unique one and a half hour cruise on Loch Tay exploring the history, heritage and folklore of Perthshire’s largest loch. Our modern custom-built boat is comfortable, fast, dry & gets in close to the inaccessible parts of the loch to explore the wildlife & nature. Live commentary from our passionate and knowledgeable crew will take you on a journey through the local history, heritage and folklore. Experience the breath taking scenery and learn about this mysterious and dramatic landscape from our local and knowledgeable skipper, you will be enchanted by the Loch’s mystical charm! £30per person, £20per child  Book on line www.lochtaysafaris.net or by Tel: 01887 820071 or e-mail info@lochtaysafaris.net

Oct
9
Mon
2017
Wee Adventure Activity Days
Oct 9 – Oct 20 all-day
Wee Adventure Activity Days

For 5 to 12 year olds, with a maximum group size of 8. The days include pirateering in canoes on Loch Tay or Loch Faskally, survival missions in the woods, climbing and abseiling crags or trees to save the day or secret spy missions in the forest, we have it covered. The promise is to return muddy, wet, tired and inspired children to you at the end of their Wee Adventure with Biscuit. Only trouble is, they may be begging for more! Activity Day price is £35per person with a 10% discount for anyone booking more than one day in October. Tel:- 07780 675859 or for more details go tohttp://www.pitlochry-scotland.co.uk/what-to-do/activities/kids-wee-adventures/

Oct
20
Fri
2017
Beatleboots @ Food in the Park @ Food in the Park, behind the Museum
Oct 20 @ 8:30 pm
Beatleboots @ Food in the Park @ Food in the Park, behind the Museum

‘Beatleboots’ is a brand new tribute to the Beatles. While the band lays no claim to actually looking like the legendary band, they do perform the songs with the same effervescent spirit, whilst at all times attempting to emulate the sound of the band- from the early guitar pop of 1963 to the following psychedelic experimentation period and the subsequent, straightforward rocking of 1968-70…all in all, this is a great sonic experience, and one delivered with a few twists along the way!! For more details 01796 481484