Two Perth institutions, St. Johnstone FC and Perth Theatre are teaming up to create a new show about the club and the role it plays in the city.
This exciting new project from our local dream team will see key parts of the club’s history acted out on stage in a future production. And in true football fashion, it just isn’t the same without the fans.
Supporters will be at the heart of the story, so fans are being asked to share their experiences, memories and stories of the club.
From Ando’s opening goal to Macca’s clincher at Celtic Park – Perth Theatre wants to know what it was it like to be part of a crowd of die-hard fans when Saints won the Scottish Cup? Or how did it feel not to be part of a crowd when Rooney sealed the deal in 2021? Fans can tell stories from long ago or last season, or contribute what St. Johnstone means to them personally – is it a favourite manager, player, tea lady or other connection? Personally, I love the mascot.
The stories, which should be true, short and sweet (Caroline) – no longer than 300 words or 3 minutes in length, can be written down or sent as a voice recording by phone or uploaded to the Theatre’s DropBox on the Sainties on Stage page at www.horsecross.co.uk
Lu Kemp, Artistic Director at Perth Theatre said:
“At Perth Theatre we want to tell great stories that speak to the very heart of our audience – and St. Johnstone strikes the heart of so many locally. We got so much out of building our show two years ago in conversation with local farmers – A Six Inch Layer of Topsoil and The Fact it Rains – that we want to make a bigger scale show in the same way, in conversation with St. Johnstone’s fans.
“We hope to tell a story which is familiar and surprising, recognisable and though-provoking, but most of all a story which is funny, packed with banter and song, and which makes fans want to get on their feet and cheer.”
St. Johnstone midfielder, Murray Davidson, who is the club’s top-flight record appearance holder, added:
“It’s really exciting news that the club will be the subject of a new play by Perth Theatre. We’ve been part of the Perth community for a long time and it’s a great thing for us to be recognised in this way.
“Football is all about the supporters and it’s only right that they will be at the heart of this production and will be able to share their stories on what the club means to them.
“I live in Perth and have played for the club for 11 years, so St. Johnstone means a lot to me. I have my own connection with the club and I’d encourage supporters to submit their own memories to the Theatre.”
Perth Theatre will be also be running Team Talk, a series of online presentations and discussions where famous fans of the club share their own memories with fans. Famous Sainties who have already signed up for the talks include Stuart Cosgrove, Colin McCredie and Eve Muirhead. More information will follow as dates are confirmed.
Local groups will be able to get involved in a range of specifically designed activities on the theme of football memories as the project unfolds.
We caught up with Katie Mitchell from Horsecross to discuss the Saints project in a lot more depth (see below, Episode 17) as well as the other great work done by Perth Theatre during the various stages of lockdown.
Perth Theatre would also like to hear from any local businesses who may be interested in supporting the project by sponsorship or other means, and invites anyone who would like to explore this option to contact the Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ian is hosting solo for this one, and he’s loving it!
He’s joined by Nick Williams, the chief executive of Horsecross Arts about the upcoming LIVE AND UNLOCKED SUMMER FESTIVAL.
The six day family-friendly festival of music, theatre and kids’ shows will run from Wednesday 28 July until Monday 2 August on Perth Concert Hall Plaza.
GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.horsecross.co.uk/festivals/live-and-unlocked-perth-summer-festival
Music and laughter will ring out across the city once again with the light-hearted and entertaining programme that features both daytime and evening performances.
Highlights include the Olivier Award-winning improvised musical theatre show Showstoppers!, made famous through its Radio 4 series and West End runs and a sure-fire sell out every year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Audience members work with the performers to create an original musical from scratch based around suggestions ranging from the bonkers to the borderline impossible. Hamilton in a hospital or Sondheim in the Sahara, you suggest it and The Showstoppers will sing it!
The Perth Podcast is part of the Fair City Podcast Network – check us out at https://www.fcpod.net/podcasts/the-perth-podcast/ and find other great local shows there too.
Music by Jason Blyth
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