Well done to everyone involved at Pantheon, Glasgow’s leading non-profit Theatre company
Sunshine tells a poignant and uplifting story, where we dream about a return to performance together. For so many in the arts community, the possibility of coming together again as cast and crew was an unknown as we returned to UK Wide lockdowns at the end of 2020. Now in April 2021, there’s positive hope. Ultimately, we realise in Sunshine that although we’re still unable to perform together in person, we can continue to create together in a socially distanced way and share with each other the happiness and positivity that performance can bring.
Filming Sunshine began in August 2020, and was of course met with multiple challenges as lockdown levels increased during the autumn of 2020. Sunshine Director Tri Cumming shared “We were ready to film our big finale when lockdown rules were increased. We hoped that rules would be relaxed, but when it became obvious that wasn’t going to happen, we adapted the script so we could keep filming in line with all guidance. The final product however is probably more poignant and personal as the story follows all of our experiences during the last few months.”
Sunshine Producer and Pantheon President, David Robertson shared “This has been an amazing project. The singing has all been recorded in the cast’s homes and all brought together to produce this fantastic soundtrack. Most of the filming then had to be done by the cast on their own and we then had to edit everything together in a cohesive way to tell our story. The final product is a joy to watch and something we are very proud of.”
Directed by Tri Cumming Sunshine is an original piece of theatre with well-known music arranged by Chris Pugh and choreographed by Lynne Bustard. Videography was created by Iain Bell and the entire cast and edited by Iain Bell.
Experience the Sunshine here;
Pantheon are Glasgow’s leading non-profit theatre company usually staging successful shows in the King’s Theatre or Theatre Royal as well as other venues across the city throughout the year.
As a charity whose purpose is to promote musical theatre and the arts, the Covid-19 pandemic brought the cancellation of three major productions which the company were scheduled to perform in the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.
Sunshine has given the cast and freelancers usually engaged in their productions an opportunity to continue to be creative, work together and capture a unique moment in our history.
Founder of the charity, Richard Curtis was inspired to use Sunshine on Leith in the broadcast to help in raising money for crucial things made ever worse by the pandemic – homelessness, domestic violence, hunger, mental health – while also acknowledging the joy and love we’re all capable of and the dreadful sorrow that so many people have been going through.
It’s a poignant and deeply moving 4-minute clip combining Sunshine on Leith with live footage from Edinburgh Castle (2019) from White Stag Films short movie ‘My Room on This Earth’ and T In The Park (2015). Mixed in are four fantastic choirs from Fochabers, South Queensferry, Leith and London merged with news clips from the past 12 months.
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As well as The Proclaimers performing Over and Done WIth, the line-up features, Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Twin Atlantic, Arab Strap, KT Tunstall, Fatherson, Emma Pollock, Honeyblood, Kathryn Joseph, The Rezillos, The Xcerts, and Idlewild.