The main reason for my Scotland trip was to stay in Pitlochry for the festival theatre there. I love going to the theatre but – at least locally – we don’t seem to get many proper plays so I was very much looking forward to my trip.
The theatre famously states that you can, ‘Stay six days, see six plays.’ We were a little early in the season for that but I still had a choice of four. I decided against The Crucible as it traumatised me when I had to study it at school. Watching Jo March (Winona Ryder) playing Abigail Williams in the film was just too disturbing for me!
That still left me with a choice of three shows though. The first I went to see was Blonde Bombshells of 1943, which tells the story of Betty – a band leader whose band has landed a BBC performance just when she has lost half her players. The auditions and rehearsals were so entertaining and it was a great show. I especially enjoyed the performance of Tilly-Mae Millbrook who played Miranda.
Next I saw Blithe Spirit – a story I know very well as I have seen the film several times. This was my favourite of the week – a real classic play. I loved Eddie – played by David Rankine – a different take on the maid character.
Finally, I went to see Summer Holiday which was of course a lot of fun. It was a bit too noisy for me but that is the case for any musical. I enjoyed myself but it reinforced something which really I already knew – for me, plays are the thing.
I’ve never had the opportunity to see repertory theatre before and I loved being able to watch the same people play different characters through the week. They really did change, which just shows what great actors they are.
I had the best time – a whole week immersed in stories was just wonderful. I do so enjoy the theatre and I must make the effort to get to more plays – even if I have to travel a bit further to get there.