Horsecross Arts are seeking a grant towards the cost of delivering a series of six tutor-led drama and music workshops for Youth Theatre Kinross. The organisation, in partnership with Kinross-shire Local Events Organisations (KLEO) and Kinross High School Drama Department, are hoping to deliver the workshops for 22 people aged between 12 and 17. It would be part of a series of satellite projects linked to Perth Youth Theatre taking place between August and October 2016. The series will culminate in two performances, one in Kinross and one in Perth Concert Hall. Horsecross Arts has applied for £982 from the Kinross Common Good Fund towards the total costs of £1,990.
Gamers hit the streets of Perth over the weekend to live out their childhood dream of catching Pokemon in the wild. A crowd of game lovers gathered on the North Inch as the Fair City held its first ever Pokemon Go walk on Saturday, billed a Pokewalk. The gaming app saw residents more glued to their phones than ever, searching for the cyber creatures in locations across Perth. The app, which uses satellite locations, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, has become a world-wide phenomenon. The event was organised by Perth gaming retailer Game and led by store manager Sarah Norris. Sarah, 37, said: “I’ve been playing it myself and you meet all sorts of people when you’re out. So I thought why not bring everyone together and do it as a large group instead of wandering around on your own. “Considering it’s such a simple idea the game has really caught people’s imagination. There is a wide range of ages that play it and parents get drawn into it as well through their children. “When you see someone else playing it you get a nice camaraderie with them. It creates a really nice atmosphere so we decided to try and make the most of it.” The Pokewalk, which was free to take part in, began at the North Inch and weaved its way throughout Perth city centre, taking in the Tay, South Street, York Place, Mill Street, Kinnoull Street, the High Street and finishing at Perth Museum and Art Gallery. * For more on this story see Monday's Courier, also available as a digital edition.
Students from Perth College UHI have been put to work on the set of a world premiere production, The 306: Dawn. The show, which is set to take place on location at Dalcrue Farm, Pitcairngreen, Perth, is a National Theatre of Scotland, 1418 NOW and Perth Theatre co-production. It is a new piece of music theatre commissioned as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. Based on real events, it charts the journey of three of the British soldiers who were executed for cowardice, desertion and mutiny during World War I (1914-18). In the lead up to the show, six students studying Technical Theatre at Perth College UHI worked with the technical crew from National Theatre of Scotland as they set up for the show, due to take place from Tuesday May 24 until Saturday 11 June 11. The students were put to work on lighting and sound, building on the skills they have learned during their studies. The work experience has been set up as a result of a partnership between the National Theatre of Scotland and the Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN). SDTN is committed to developing practice-based drama training in Scotland. The placements are supported as part of the SDTN’s Graduate Training Programme, which is designed to help students transition from education to the workplace.
TV celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and spice king Chef Tony Singh will lead a host of culinary talent at this year’s Perthshire On A Plate food festival. Organised by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will celebrate the very best in local produce and culinary talent. The event will feature celebrity and local chefs, demonstrations and tastings, book signings, food and drink related trade stands, fun-filled activities for “Kitchen Kids” as well as a dining area and pop-up restaurants. The popular festival was first staged for a Royal visit to mark Perth’s 800th anniversary celebrations in 2010. It has been resurrected as an exciting element of the annual Perth Show - the county’s agricultural showcase being held on the city’s South Inch on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6. Rosemary Shrager is best known for appearing on many TV cookery programmes, including Ladette to Lady, Rosemary Shrager's School for Cooks, and her most recent TV shows - The Real Marigold Hotel and The Chopping Block for ITV1. The popular celebrity – who will guest star on the Friday – stated she is delighted to be taking part in Perthshire On A Plate. She said: "It's a joy to be working with the finest Perthshire produce to create dishes which will hopefully delight and entertain the festival audiences. "I also look forward to meeting some of the local chefs who I know excel at what they do and also chat with the hard-working producers from Perthshire and beyond who bring such fantastic ingredients and products to our table.” Taking top slot on Saturday will be Scottish spice king Tony Singh, whose appearance is sponsored by Quality Meat Scotland. Tony is the Scottish half of the BBC's The Incredible Spice Men. Based in Edinburgh, Tony has worked in Scotland's finest restaurants, opening three of his own, including the highly acclaimed, Oloroso. He has also appeared on BBC2's Great British Menu and was part of the BBC2 series A Cook Abroad. Tony said: “I am delighted to be part of this year’s event - flying the flag for fantastic Perthshire produce. I am passionate about enhancing fresh and local Scottish ingredients through the use of subtle spice and look forward to getting creative at the show.” The two culinary stars will be supported by several of Perthshire’s leading chefs in a two-day programme of cookery demonstrations. These include chefs Graeme Pallister, 63 Tay Street, Marek Michalek, Café Tabou, Grant MacNicol, Fonab Castle and Praveen Kumar, Tabla. Audiences at the Quality Meat Scotland sponsored Cookery Theatre can also watch butchery and fish handling demonstrations by local experts – fifth generation Perth butcher Beaton Lindsay and fish and seafood experts from George Campbell & Sons. To see the full two-day demonstration timetable, visit www.perthshireonaplate.co.uk.
The hunt is on to discover the next David Attenborough with the launch Cairngorms Nature Young Presenter 2017 competition Following on from the success of last year, Cairngorms Nature and the RSPB have once again launched a UK-wide search to find a child who is passionate about nature and can inspire others. The winner will get the chance to spend a day being filmed with BBC nature presenter Iolo Williams in the Cairngorms National Park as part of a five-day Speyside Wildlife holiday for them and their family. https://youtu.be/6E9DkmQD0pM Iolo Williams said: “It’s really important to get young people involved in nature because they are going to be the movers and shakers of conservation organisations for the next generation. “If you’re a young person who loves nature and wants to inspire others to love it too then get outside and show us your patch.” Last year’s winner was James Miller who won the nation’s vote with his film about badgers. The competition is open to all 10-16 year-olds. All they need to do to enter is to film themselves presenting something in nature. The film should be no longer than 90 seconds and they must tell the camera why they would like to present Cairngorms Nature to a young audience. https://youtu.be/BKNggVUDFks Fancy camera work or exotic locations are not necessary as some of last year’s finalists were just shot on a mobile phone in the back garden. The entries must be uploaded by a parent or guardian. The finalists will be showcased online with the winner being decided by a public vote. See more at www.rspb.org.uk/cairngormsnature.
A stage production of Scotland’s most famous fictional family, The Broons, will have its world premiere at Perth Concert Hall. The Glebe Street gang have featured in DC Thomson comic strips in the Sunday Post since 1936 and this production celebrates them in their 80th anniversary year. Award-winning Scottish playwright Rob Drummond brings the iconic characters Granpaw, Paw and Maw Broon, Hen and Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins and the Bairn to life. This world first theatrical staging draws inspiration from the famous comic strip to create a brand new lively and fast paced tale. Artistic Director of Sell a Door Theatre Company David Hutchinson said: “The Broons are more than just a cherished family, they are a national institution that have stood the test of time and have struck a chord with generation after generation inside and outside of Scotland.” The Broons will be at Perth Concert Hall from Tuesday September 27 to Saturday October 1.
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are seeking new members as they launch their latest group in Perth. Parents and youths alike will be given the opportunity to find out more about the initiative this weekend in Perth City Centre. Police staff will be available to chat about the group within the High Street and St. Johns Shopping centre between 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. They promote a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the Police in their local area through volunteering. As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2anAlmfmoM The programme is open to all young people aged between 13–16, which allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities. Each PSYV group is coordinated by a Police Officer. The coordinator is supported by a team of Adult Volunteers who come from all walks of life. PSYV have volunteered at some major events across Scotland, including The Open championship, T in The Park, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and local charity runs. More information can be obtained by visiting the Police Scotland website, the PSYV Facebook page and the PSYV You Tube Channel. Applications can be obtained by emailing the group coordinator PC Scott Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers from Beautiful Perth welcomed 70 young members of the 10th Perthshire Cub Scouts to their litter pick on the South Inch. Together with their leaders and helpers, the Cubs gathered 10 bin bags full of carelessly discarded rubbish from the park. Beautiful Perth volunteer Monica Straughan said: “We were very impressed by the Cubs’ energy and enthusiasm and by their knowledge about why dropping litter is such an anti-social and dangerous thing to do.”
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is looking for authors to blend their writing skills with their mountain experience for its long—running literary competition. Entries are now open for the MCofS annual Mountain Writing Competition, which seeks out the best writing — prose or poetry, fact or fiction — to emerge from the climbing and walking scene. Entries should have some connection with mountains and mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, walking or ski—mountaineering. Climbers and walkers can turn their experiences into words and share what makes mountains, or the act of walking or climbing so special to them. Winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to see their entries in print in the Scottish Mountaineer, the quarterly MCofS magazine which goes out to its more than 12,000 members. The first placed winners in prose and poetry categories will also receive a free weekend pass, worth about £100, to the 2016 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival. Winning entries are also published on the MCofS website. Run since 1987, the competition is open to members and non—members alike and regularly attracts entries from all over the UK. Prose entries should be a maximum of 2,000 words long. Poetry entries can be of any length. Deadline for this year’s competition is August 31. Entries should be sent to the MWC Coordinator, Mike Merchant, preferably by email to email@example.com or by hard copy to MCofS, MWC2014, The Old Granary, West Mill Street, Perth PH1 5QP.
Six outboard motors were stolen from boats at a caravan park in St Fillans last week. Police Scotland is appealing for information following the theft from the caravan park on South Loch Earn Road, which happened between Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20. The thefts include a Suzuki engine, a Mariner engine, a Watersnake engine, and three Yamaha engines. Eleven fishing rod, six fishing reels and four tackle boxes were amongst other items stolen. Officers are appealing for anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity to contact Police Scotland on 101.