White nights: a sentimental story from the diary of a dreamer


BLACK Watch actor Brian Ferguson to star in a new stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s 1848 short story, White Nights: A Sentimental Story from The Diary of a Dreamer.

From 7-10 July, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s open-air amphitheatre will première a new stage adaptation by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1848 short story, White Nights: A Sentimental Story from The Diary of a Dreamer.

Performed as a monologue by the acclaimed Scottish actor, Brian Ferguson, White Nights: A Sentimental Story from The Diary of a Dreamerexplores how a kind-hearted dreamer tries to make sense of his relationships, but at the same time his sense of loneliness and alienation, as he falls in love for the first time.

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Photo by Pitlochry Festival Theatre. His screen credits include the BAFTA & BIFA award-winning film Beats, Outlander, and The Spanish Princess.

Director and adaptor Elizabeth Newman said: As we enter the White Nights, and we are performing all our summer works outdoors this year, The Sentimental Diary of a Dreamer felt like a natural choice for Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s Summer Season.

“I have personally loved Dostoevsky for many years: I believe his work has a truly profound impact on audiences.

“This piece offers romance, humour and, of course like many of Dostoevsky’s works, an insight into the challenge we face as we struggle to navigate profound loneliness in this big world we live in together.

“I am over the moon to be making this piece with Brian Ferguson.

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Brian Ferguson’s theatre credits include Black Watch, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bodies, A Number, Hamlet, and Earthquakes in London.

“He is an extraordinary actor with an astonishing understanding of how to make a character live for an audience.

“We will be making this new adaptation together in our amphitheatre and we hope to transport audiences to a truly magical place to experience this beautiful story with a wonderful dreamer.”

White Nights: A Sentimental Diary of a Dreamer will be performed in the open-air Amphitheatre at Pitlochry Festival Theatre from 7-10 July at 7pm.