We have been hoping for as long as possible that we might be able to stage this year’s Festival but, with heavy hearts, have concluded that it cannot take place. Even though the performances are open-air, with the persistence of COVID-19, we feel it would be difficult to guarantee the safety of both our company and audiences.
All is not lost, however! To keep the spirit of the Festival alive, during the PSF2020 dates 16th -25th July, we will be posting daily snippets of Shakespeare, new writing and interviews on our website and social media platforms. So, you can get a little fix, or virtually introduce your friends and family to PSF.
Earlier in the year we ran a creative writing competition, Shake It Up, when we asked for short dynamic monologues inspired by the characters in Romeo and Juliet. The winning entries were going to be performed as curtain raisers for our centre-piece production of Romeo and Juliet. We are delighted that now we will be able to give you a digital taste of a few of these exciting new pieces. Watch out for more details!
We are hugely disappointed to let down our loyal audiences and talented cast and production team for this year, but rest assured, PSF 2021 will be a renaissance of plays and picnics with fresh ideas and new theatrical possibilities.
If you feel that theatre needs a little nurturing in these challenging times and are able to make a donation, however small, to help secure the future of PSF, we would be immensely grateful.
Keep safe and well.
With best wishes
Clare Glancy and Lucy Hollis