Publised date : 07 Sep 2018

Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, has today thrown his support behind a campaign to name Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre 2018.

The award, which sees over 160 theatres from across the UK vie for the honour, is organised by UK Theatre and will be decided via a public vote. PFT has a strong pedigree in the competition, having been voted National Winner for Scotland for the past three years. 

Commenting, Mr Swinney said:

“I was delighted to hear that Pitlochry Festival Theatre have again been nominated as one of the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatres. 

“As a long-term supporter of the theatre, I know firsthand what a wonderful facility it is and how hard those involved work to make sure that it is a place for everyone to feel welcome and comfortable.

“PFT is one of the cultural pillars of Perthshire – as evidenced by their three consecutive wins in this competition – and I would encourage those across the region to get behind their bid to be named as the overall UK winner.

“Voting is quick and easy  – simply visit and follow the instructions. The closing date is Tuesday September 18th 2018, with the winner to be announced shortly thereafter.”

Giles Conisbee, Head of Sales & Marketing at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, commented:

“We were delighted to win the Most Welcoming Theatre in Scotland Award again last year. It’s incredibly exciting, and humbling, to win it three years in-a-row. 

“We work incredibly hard to ensure Pitlochry Festival Theatre is a place for everyone and that everyone is welcome in this special place. I do hope Scottish theatre-goers in their thousands continue to vote for us as we as strive to achieve a magical four-in-a-row. 

“For me, there’s simply no place like Pitlochry. If you feel the same, I urge you to cast your vote.”

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