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Like venues around the country An Tobar, the home of Mull Theatre, has been in darkness since the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This autumn, however, the company will be stepping back into the limelight with two new plays for the theatre, staged and filmed for a digital run.
Directed by Beth Morton, Emergence will be made up of two short plays by exciting writers from Scotland. These special plays explore themes of understanding – of both ourselves and each other – and of opening our hearts and minds. They are intimate human stories inspired by change, connectivity, and the world we’ve been living in over the last few months.
Morton was appointed Mull theatre director 2020/21 in May and is keen to find new ways to engage audiences during this dark spell.
‘We are living through unique and unpredictable times that have impacted the lives of everyone. It is important for many reasons that we find new ways of coming together to continue celebrating the need for theatre and what it does in connecting people.
‘Mull Theatre wants to celebrate theatre, provide opportunities for artists to create new work, engage and inspire our audiences and community in a meaningful way, and make high quality productions in response to the world.
‘Emergence is our commitment to upholding these values through these times, making and connecting in a new way as we start thinking about slowly turning the lights back on.’
Audiences can look forward to buying tickets and seeing these new plays in October.
On July 3 a targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland’s performing arts venues was been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.
Created as part of the Scottish Government’s £185m Business Support Fund, the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will help venues which cannot reopen to audiences yet due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The fund will be run by Creative Scotland, which will publish full details shortly.