Murdo Fraser MSP believes that Pitlochry Theatre plan will 'substantially increase cultural offer'
Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser believes Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s £20 million plan to build a second performing space will “substantially increase the cultural offer” for Perth and Kinross.
The politician welcomed the announcement that the Theatre has lodged a proposal to form an accessible 175-seat studio in the second performance space, with the aim being to showcase new writing and touring productions from across Scotland and the UK.
The £20 million project will be paid for with Tay Cities Deal funding and contributions from other charities, including the Dunard Fund and Gannochy Trust.
Mr Fraser has lodged and circulated a Motion to fellow MSPs at Holyrood welcoming the ambitious plan.
Commenting, the MSP who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said: “This is great news for not only Highland Perthshire but Perth and Kinross. Like other cultural attractions, Pitlochry Festival Theatre has been hit hard financially and had to make almost half its staff redundant due to the economic impact of Covid-19.
“The plan to create a second performance space and an extension to the Theatre’s front of house area will substantially increase the cultural offer from the Theatre and for Perth and Kinross as a whole.”
Mr Fraser added: “Unfortunately, a lot of theatres have been forced to close due to loss of income caused by Covid-19, so it is very heartening to hear of Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s plan to expand their premises – they have demonstrated that they believe in its future.
“It is positive news during these extremely difficult times.”