Audiences can discover some behind-the-scenes secrets and stories about Perth Theatre’s Season Subscription shows with a series of exclusive Theatre Talks.

FREE to Perth Theatre Season Subscription holders and available for £2 to anyone else who would like to come along, the pre-show talks cover Lyceum Theatre's Jekyll & Hyde, Original Theatre's The Time Machine, Perth Theatre's Casablanca - The Gin Joint Cut, Simple8's Moby Dick and Original Theatre's What The Butler Saw.  

All talks take place in The Space, Perth Theatre and last for approximately 45 minutes.

The Theatre Talks Schedule

A Penny Dreadful
Theatre Talk: Jekyll and Hyde
with Joyce Caplan
Thu 1 Feb: 18:00
The Space, Perth Theatre

Jekyll and Hyde: The classic tale of addiction and the Divided Self- and how addiction always wins! Why did Robert Louis Stevenson write this grim story and how was it received?

Travelling Unknown Distances
Theatre Talk: The Time Machine – A Comedy
with Gail Wylie
Thu 22 Feb: 18:00
The Space, Perth Theatre

Published nearly 130 years ago, H G Wells’ novel was one of the first to imagine an unforeseen and troubling future. Gail’s talk will examine the themes of the book and why they are still relevant to today’s readers.

Play it again, Sam
Theatre Talk: Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut
with Joyce Caplan
Thu 21 Mar: 18:00
The Space, Perth Theatre

Casablanca: The most well-known of lost love stories with memorable lines and a famous song. But is there more to the events behind it and the actors who took part?

Hunter or Hunted?
Theatre Talk: Moby Dick
with Gail Wylie
Thu 18 Apr: 18:00
The Space, Perth Theatre

Herman Melville’s epic tale of the search for Moby Dick by Captain Ahab and his crew is more puzzling than it appears. Who is hunting whom? Gail Wylie enters the hunt for the possible meanings behind this famous novel.

Challenging Expectations
Theatre Talk: What the Butler Saw
with Gail Wylie
Thu 2 May: 18:00
The Space, Perth Theatre

Taking its title from Victorian seaside peep-show machines, Orton’s dark humour makes for a subversive farce that, as one critic wrote: ‘However liberal or broadminded you may be, there are moments when it is impossible not to wince’. Gail Wylie, without any trigger warnings or spoiler alerts, will attempt to introduce you to the very particular world of Joe Orton.

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About Gail Wylie

Gail began her working life as an English teacher in Edinburgh schools. She then joined the adult education department (now called the Centre of Lifelong Learning) at the University of Edinburgh where she became the Course Organiser for Literature and Creative Writing. Over her fourteen years there, she developed the Certificate in Theatre Studies.

During her time as Chair of the Muriel Spark Society she initiated visits to Italy, organised a memorial flagstone at the Writers’ Museum and helped to secure the funding to complete publication of all of Spark’s novels.

Gail ran her own business (from 2002) offering literature classes in contemporary fiction and poetry and took groups to London and Stratford on Avon for theatre visits. She gave pre-theatre talks for many visiting productions to Edinburgh’s Festival and King’s theatres; including Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden, Enron and the Propeller Company’s Richard III and The Comedy of Errors.

Gail lives in Perthshire and is the Chair of the well-established BOOKMARK Book Festival.

About Joyce Caplan

Joyce’s involvement with theatre began as a student when she ran the book stall in the newly opened Nottingham Playhouse. She remembers John Neville in thigh boots as Coriolanus and a young Ian McKellen in Chekov. At university she acted (badly) in Brecht and Shakespeare  but was of course hooked on the magical transformation theatre creates for both actors and audience. She is now Chair of the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards who visit every play in the Fringe that has a Scottish connection. Working with Directors, Actors and Managers has given her a real understanding of the complexities and team work required for effective productions. Joyce is also a teaching fellow at Edinburgh University in Scottish Literature.

Tuesday 5 December 2023