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OUS Tayside - Pitlochry Festival Theatre Visit

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, John Durnin (New College 1978) welcomed the OUS Tayside branch to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Wednesday, 30 July.

The group of 22 (15 other alumni and their guests) attended the matinee performance of J. M. Barrie’s play “The Admirable Crichton”

Established as a summer venue in 1951 by John Stewart as a summer festival venue in a tented pavilion at his home at Knockendarroch, the theatre at Pitlochry stillprovides a summer season of entertainment in the form of six plays over six days.(Scotland’s famous “Theatre in the Hills”).

Before the play, members visited the Explorers’ Garden, which tells the story of the Scottish Plant Hunters who risked their lives travelling the globe in search of new plants and trees for cultivation, commerce and cultivation

At lunch, John explained how J.M Barrie conceived “The Admirable Crichton” as a “What If”satire (what might occur if circumstances were to change).

Members thoroughly enjoyed the day and found the garden tour, lunch, talk and play all very rewarding. There was talk that the Society could repeat a visit there in the future.

Prue Dowie - Secretary, OUS Tayside