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Return to Highland theatre Eden Court in new role of theatre producer for experienced Scottish theatre producer Susannah Armitage

By Margaret Chrystall

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A Scottish theatre high-flier returns to Eden Court where she had her first theatre experiences to take up a new role.

Eden Court has taken a big step in fulfilling its ambition to produce, co-produce and commission its own work with the announcement it has appointed the National Theatre of Scotland’s Susannah Armitage who returns to the Highlands in the new role of theatre producer.

Susannah Armitage is Eden Court's new theatre producer.
Susannah Armitage is Eden Court's new theatre producer.

Susannah said: “My first experience of professional theatre was attending pantomime at Eden Court and being transported by the experience.

“Eden Court felt like an important cultural hub to me growing up in the Highlands.

“Not only did I attend the theatre and cinema regularly but I loved being in the space and feeling like I had a connection to it.

“I sat my music exams there, performed on the Empire stage as a teenager and developed my love of theatre at

the venue.

“Joining Eden Court at a time of new artistic ambition is very exciting and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

James Mackenzie-Blackman, chief executive of the theatre, said “I’m absolutely delighted that we have been able to attract Susannah to this important new senior role.

“It’s a testament to Eden Court’s renewed position within the theatre ecology in Scotland.

“Susannah has both national and international experience whilst also a deep love and connection to the Highlands making her the perfect candidate for this critical new role.”

Currently programme director at the National Theatre of Scotland, Susannah’s previous roles at NTS include head of producing and head of artistic development. Prior to this Susannah was the producer for the award-winning Vox Motus and was also the producer and latterly chief executive for A Play, A Pie and a Pint.

The acclaimed lunchtime theatre programme is the most prolific producer of new plays in the UK and Susannah has co-produced and toured work nationally and internationally.

Susannah’s new role will allow Eden Court to continue building its ambition to produce and commission its own work, in turn helping the organisation to fulfil its mission to bring the world to the Highlands and take the Highlands to the world.

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