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Fantastic joint venture will sprinkle the Magic of Christmas over Dunfermline and Pitlochry

07 September 2020

Christmas joy will be more important than ever this year so the teams at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and OnFife have put their heads together to make sure COVID-19 – unlike the Grinch – does not steal Christmas!

The result is The Magic of Christmas, a WONDER-filled, promenade Christmas experience like never before – launching 27 November and finishing 23 December on the theatre’s 11-acre campus in Pitlochry and from 3 December through to 20 December at the historic Carnegie Hall and gardens in Dunfermline.

The Magic of Christmas is the first opportunity since March to come together again for live entertainment and it promises to be a unique, sparkling and magical adventure to remember. Suitable for everyone, from babes-in-arms to the forever young-at-heart, the collaborative event will be brimming with story, music and surprise in a fully interactive, audio-visual journey to captivate all the senses.

And, just as importantly, it has been carefully designed to be a safe, socially-distanced, relaxed experience, accessible for all. With affordable prices and limited availability, tickets are expected to go fast.

As the journey begins, our favourite Christmas elves have a big problem! The cheeky duo were playing football with Prancer, Dancer and Vixen and have lost the North Star! With no North Star, how will Santa find his way to the all the houses to deliver the presents this Christmas?

At both beautiful locations, audiences will be taken on a journey by our festive friends through the enchanting buildings and gardens, travelling to three joyful, festive-fun locations – the magical forest, Santa in Lapland and even take a trip way up high, into Space, past planets and spaceships, just in time to Wish Upon a Star in their very own light and sound Festive Space Galaxy. Step through our super-sized Advent Calendar and discover what’s through the doors!

In order to achieve this first live experience, the teams have focused on a walking format, indoors and outdoors, offering all of those feeling weary of isolation and months of restriction an opportunity to escape to new theatrical worlds. ‘Departures’ will take place throughout the day and evening, in small groups, exploring new realms in their one-hour adventure.

COVID-19 protective measures will be rigorous, including extensive cleaning, a marshalled one-way system, separate entrance and exit, small socially-distanced groups, hand sanitiser throughout the experience, and appropriately themed PPE for all staff.

Describing the inspiration and vision for The Magic of Christmas, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, explained: “Christmas should be a time to get together; a time for escape and to look after others – a time for Light, Hope and Joy. We’ve all lost so much this year, but especially children – seeing friends, grandparents, going to school – and then with pantos and Christmas shows cancelling, COVID was taking away the joy and magic of Christmas too. We were determined, if there was any possible way, we wouldn’t let that happen!

“Together with our good friends at OnFife, starting from the point of safety and social-distancing, we envisioned then developed an experience that was affordable and accessible for everyone – both financially and physically – that would finally allow us to come together, be entertained, be excited, and look forward. Christmas is also a time for magical journeys. A time for gifts and a time to wish upon a star. And that’s absolutely what we are going to deliver across our full 11-acre, picturesque setting in the Highland Perthshire hills”

Verdi Clark, OnFife’s Programme Manager, said: “This year has given us all many challenges and here at OnFife we wanted to make sure our loyal theatre audiences are able to experience the magic and wonder of Christmas in style.

“Working with Pitlochry has given us this opportunity and we are so excited to be bringing The Magic Of Christmas to Fife in our beautiful art-deco Carnegie Hall and gardens. This wonderful experience is all about quality, family, fun and safety with enough Christmas sparkle for everyone, young and old.

“Join us on from 3 December until 20 December to travel through space and time, explore what’s behind our 24 Christmas Doors and help the elves find that pesky star…they need your help!”

Tickets for The Magic of Christmas are £10 at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, and start at just £8 at Pitlochry. Spaces are limited. Max group size 25 at Carnegie Hall and 30 at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Booking at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline is open from Friday 11 September. To book your magical Christmas experience, call Box Office on 01383 602302, email boxoffice.carnegie@onfife.com, or book online at www.onfife.com

Booking at Pitlochry Festival Theatre is open now for the theatre’s Friends and Supporters, and opens to the wider public from Tuesday 22 September. To make your Christmas memories this year, email BoxOffice@PitlochryFestivaltheatre.com or book online at www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com


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Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Melanie Brockway, Communications and Campaigns Associate


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Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Address: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5DR

Box Office and group bookings: boxoffice@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Website: www.pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Notes to Editors

Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT)

· Theatre for Everyone. Theatre for a Lifetime

· Our mission is to create, nurture and inspire

· We actively seek to embody our values (empathy, respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, inspiration) in all encounters and communications

· Established 1951, PFT offers a unique theatrical experience, operating a daily repertoire system in the summer which means that audiences and visitors can enjoy six different productions (all performed by a resident acting company) in six days.

· PFT is supported by Creative Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council

· The BOP/Whetstone Feasibility Study of PFT (2012/13), commissioned jointly by Creative Scotland, Perth & Kinross Council and Scottish Enterprise, confirmed the conclusions of the 2007/8 Economic Impact Study of PFT carried out by Scottish Economic Research: PFT makes an annual contribution to Scotland’s economy of between £13m and £20m, whilst every public pound invested in PFT produces a return of between £17 and £20

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