Sara Clark Downie - Pitlochry Festival
Fri, 18 Aug 2017
SARA CLARK DOWNIE is currently performing in Pitlochry Festival Theatre's productions of MARY ROSE and HIGH SOCIETY.
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HIGH SOCIETY runs until 14th October
For the socialites of New England, it will be the Wedding of the Year: seven hundred guests, magnums of Veuve Clicquot and the beautiful, sophisticated Tracy Lord as the bride-to-be. And the groom?
According to the invitations, that honour goes to self-made man, George Kittredge. And even if George is, well, not quite from the top drawer - and a little dull - his upright character perfectly matches Tracy’s reputation as a paragon of virtue.
But then on the eve of the nuptials, Mike Connor, a down-at-heel reporter from one of New York’s scandal sheets, turns up to cover the wedding. And this rugged ‘man of the people’ is immediately smitten with the divine Miss Lord . . .
Even worse, Tracy’s first husband, the charming playboy, C. K. Dexter Haven, also drops in unannounced. Their marriage may have ended tempestuously, but Dexter is still dangerously attractive . . .
Add an estranged father, a confused mother, a meddling younger sister, an amorous uncle, a lovesick photographer, a not-so-hushed-up family scandal, mix well - and you have the makings of a very potent cocktail indeed . . !
After our smash-hit production of Kiss Me, Kate in 2010, PFT returns to the genius of Cole Porter with a large cast, a fabulous swing band and some great songs (including True Love, Let’s Misbehave, Well, Did You Evah! and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) for the Scottish première of this witty, sparkling, high energy musical!
MARY ROSE runs until 11th October
When the young Mary Rose climbs an apple tree and announces her plans to marry, the news is greeted by her doting parents first with unbridled joy - then, strangely, with furrowed brows . . .
For Mr and Mrs Morland now feel duty-bound to tell Simon, their jovial future son-in-law, about a mysterious incident in their daughter’s past about which they have never spoken . . . not even to Mary Rose herself.
When she was a young girl, Mary Rose and her parents holidayed on a tiny island in the Outer Hebrides. And, one day, Mary Rose disappeared. Without trace.
Until three weeks later, that is, when she suddenly reappeared, wholly unaware that any time had passed. Since then, Mary Rose has appeared unaffected by this extraordinary incident – except, perhaps, for certain moments when her mind has seemed to drift . . . to somewhere else.
Four years after her marriage, Mary Rose returns to the same island with her husband and their young son. And something unthinkable happens. Again . . .
J.M. Barrie’s eerie supernatural drama of youth, love and loss, written in the aftermath of the Great War, was first staged in 1920 – and a young Alfred Hitchcock was one of the many who fell under its spell. So if you enjoyed our recent productions of The Admirable Crichton and Dear Brutus, then this mysterious, deeply moving play, which featured in PFT’s first ever Season in 1951, is not to be missed!