As the reopening of Perth Theatre later in 2017 approaches, the newly launched programme continues to take theatre to audiences in unexpected ways.
Box Office assistant, Laura Pennycook was plucked from the Perth Concert Hall sales counter to become the face of Perth Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland’s and Stellar Quine’s new production The 306: Day in association with Red Note Ensemble. The much anticipated follow up to The 306: Dawn, The 306: Day, in Perth’s Station Hotel focuses on the battles faced by the women at home while WW1 rages.Foot and mouth drama And Then Come the Nightjars tours village halls and local arts venues from Cumbria to Crieff in April. Little ones and grownups can cosy into a special tent in Perth Concert Hall for Night Light. And theatre comes home to Perth Theatre in December with the first in-house production in the newly transformed venue – traditional family panto Aladdin – tickets on sale soon.
Top acts including Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III and Rodney Crowell are lining up to perform at the tenth Southern Fried Festival of American roots music in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues. An all-star Southern Fried cast joins Andy Fairweather Low and The Hi Riders for Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry. Southern Fried festival passes go on sale on Friday 21 April with general ticket sales from Wednesday 26 April. The popular Celtic Sessions series continues in Perth Concert Hall with Mànran and Elephant Sessions, two young Scottish traditional music acts at the top of their game. Live Act of the Year 2016 at the MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards, Skerryvore is the first of three Celtic Sessions concerts planned for the Autumn/Winter season. Chart-topping music legend Leo Sayer will make audiences feel like dancing, Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story seeks out the man behind hits including Father and Son and Moon Shadow.
Perth Concert Hall’s Perth Piano Sundays concludes with Christian Zacharias performing works by Schubert, Beethoven and Schumann. RCS Voices perform two 20th Century masterpieces at the culmination of the Lunchtime Concerts series. Nicola Benedetti opens the Perth Festival of the Arts with an intimate evening recital and ‘in conversation with’ in Perth Concert Hall. Further highlights from this year’s packed Perth Festival of the Arts programme include Nigel Kennedy, Jools Holland, The View and Marcus Brigstocke.
Young people take centre stage at the Youth Arts Festival in Perth Concert Hall and auditions are open for main parts for the Peter Pan Jr summer school with chorus spots open to all from age 5 to 18. Local dance schools join forces for the Great Big Dance Show, part of Perth Dance Festival. The exploration of the relationship between visual and performance art continues with the latest Threshold artspace exhibition Encore.
Local comic Bruce Fummey returns to Perth Concert Hall from down under with A History of Scotland Part 3 – The Rise of the Ginger and Jimmy Carr is back with his best material and brand new jokes.
And with a Test & Try Community Week planned for the reopening of Perth Theatre in October, along with the Women of the World Festival and #TalktoUs community meetings to share thoughts and ideas, the people of Perth can play an increasingly active role in the entertainment on offer in the city. The new summer brochure is available now from Perth Concert Hall. For tickets and info contact Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 visit www.horsecross.co.uk.