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17 Jul 2018 The Scotsman

Theatre interview: Pitlochry’s new artistic director Elizabeth Newman plans to take the whole community along for the ride

A Pitlochry Festival Theatre preview

IF YOU want a clue about the incoming artistic director of Pitlochry Festival Theatre you’ll find it in William Blake. On her first visit to the theatre in the hills, Elizabeth Newman kept thinking of a line by the poet. “To the eyes of the man of imagination,” wrote the 20-year-old Blake, “nature is imagination itself.” For Newman, about to move to a theatre embedded in nature, inspiration lies in the landscape. From the salmon ladder and the distilleries to Explorers, the Scottish plant hunters’ garden, she is rooting herself in the environment.

19 Jun 2018 The Guardian

Quality Street

By JM Barrie. A Pitlochry Festival Theatre review

VALENTINE Brown is trying to persuade Phoebe Throssel that age is no barrier to their romance. She might regret the decade that has passed since he abruptly left to fight in the Napoleonic wars, leaving their love unrequited, but he’s having none of it. “Instead of growing older you shall grow younger,” he says, promising to heal the wounds of time. No prizes for guessing the playwright is JM Barrie.

BabaYaga5creditShaneReid29 May 2018 The Guardian

Edinburgh International Children's Festival

An Andy Manley and Shona Reppe theatre review

SO much of growing up is about learning the rules of the game. For a child, making sense of what is and isn’t permitted is endlessly perplexing. No surprise then that in at least two of the shows in the Edinburgh international children’s festival, the theme of rules and rule-breaking looms large. “If you follow all the rules, you miss out on all the fun,” says Christine Johnston in the title role of Baba Yaga, a co-production between Scotland’s Imaginate and Australia’s Windmill.

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