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NEWS: Thornhill Theatre Space Announces World Wide Virtual Fringe Festival

Thornhill Theatre Space is proud to announce that for the month of August they will be hosting a World Wide Virtual Fringe Festival.



Thornhill Theatre Space is a digital social media theatre space that was started as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Creator, Ryan Thornhill devised the idea for a live-stream table read of new plays, creating a series titled “Couch Readings”.

“I knew that playwrights were taking the time in quarantine to really focus on writing but they have no place to present or develop these new scripts. I wanted to be able to facilitate a space that these artist could present their work with the hopes of further development” Thornhill stated.

Each week he would choose from a group of submitted new short plays and present them as part of “Couch Readings”. Depending on where in the world the script would come from, he would cast the actors from that country. After the table read, Thornhill, the actors and the playwright would have a discussion about the new script, with the hopes that the playwright would get enough valuable information to go back and further develop their script.

Thornhill states, “With the success of Couch Readings, I started to realize that theatre could still work in a digital medium. There is obviously still a need for further development, but it is an option to keep the theatre alive.”

“Fringe festivals around the world started cancelling, but I noticed that a lot of companies were adjusting to digital content. Thats when I decided that I wanted to approach companies that have produced digital theatre and have attended fringe festivals in the past and see if they would like to take part in a virtual fringe festival”, Thornhill continued.

Within 2 weeks he had ten companies that were on board to be part of this virtual fringe festival. This festival includes productions/events from England, Singapore, Scotland, Canada, United States and the Philippines. Some of the theatre companies involved are Get Over It Productions (England), Lonesome Whistle Productions (United States), Maybles Productions (Canada), The XV Theatre Company (England), 3 Chinas Productions (Scotland), Attempts (Singapore), Ikarus Theatre Collaboration (the Philippines) and many more.

Thornhill will be directing Thornhill Theatre Space’s inaugural production, a digital play titled “Self Help Tips with Tiffany” by Pedro Diegues as well as launching their podcast Couch Chats”, all as a part of their fringe festival.

All the productions will be viewable solely on their Facebook Page (Thornhill Theatre Space). You can also find out more information on all of their social media pages; Instagram (@thornhilltheatrespace) and Twitter (@ththeatrespace).

The festival will run the whole month of August and includes a variety of events that is sure to entertain everyone.

WHAT’S ON AUGUST: Shades of Tay from Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Shades of Tay is a series of new digitals works written by an exciting line-up of British playwrights and poets including Timberlake Wertenbaker,  Jo Clifford, Hannah Khalil, Peter Arnott, Abi Zakarian  and Chinonyerem Odimba, and brought to life by Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 2020 Summer Season ensemble, forming a vital part of the theatre’s tri-daily, digital series #PFTLightHopeJoy, which launched just before lockdown began, and created to respond to the uncertain and isolating world in which we now find ourselves. All works will be filmed along the 119 miles of the River Tay.

Inspired by the River Tay and its surrounding landscape – including Scotland’s multi-award-winning, world-renowned outdoor extravaganza, The Enchanted Forest, with whom these commissions are in partnership – the works will be performed as audio dramas, podcasts, short films. The cast will also perform the short works later in a live festival after the Theatre reopens.

All Shades of Tay commissions will première on Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s online platforms, including YouTube: https://bit.ly/PFT_YouTube where all videos from the #PFTLightHopeJoy series can be followed.


All works will be online at 6pm except for Douglas Maxwell’s Beautiful Boy which will start at 9pm. Each new work will be online for the foreseeable future.

Friday 7  Beautiful Boy Douglas Maxwell Richard Standing  30 mins
Sat 8 After Miss Georgina Ballantine Linda McLean Rachel McAllister  6 mins
Sat 15  This is Not Schiehallion Ellie Stewart Blythe Jandoo and Richard Colvin  TBC
Sat 22 We All Need Company Sometimes Chinonyerem Odimba Dominique Jackson, Kirsty Stuart, Rachael McAllister, and Dan Willis  TBC
Sat 29 The Fish Woman Frances Poet Kirsty Stuart  TBC
Sat 5 A Man Stands in A Forest by A River Peter Arnott Richard Colvin  TBC
Sat 12 The Birch Tree Speaks Timberlake Wertenbaker Jesse Fox  TBC
Sat 19 Shadows of Tay Jo Clifford Blythe Jandoo  TBC
Sat 26 Tatha Wakes Up from A Very Long Sleep Abi Zakarian Barbara Hockaday  TBC
Sat 3 22 Mays Martin McCormick  Richard Standing  TBC
Sat 10 A Passing Dance Morna Young Rachel McAllister  TBC
Sat 17 Part of the World Michael O’Neill Richard Standing  TBC
Sun 18 This Is the Scene Jenny Lindsay Jenny Lindsay  TBC
Sat 24 Cold Water Oliver Emanuel Kirsty Stuart  TBC
Sat 31 Meeting Tatha Hannah Lavery Dominique Jackson  TBC
Sat 7 The Message Hannah Khalil Rachel McAllister  TBC
Sat 14 Here We Are Again Dan Rebellato Jesse Fox  TBC
Sat 21 Recovery Daniel Bye Kirsty Stuart