It’s showtime for drama festival

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It’s that time of year when the curtains are about to rise on the 2018 One Act Drama Festival.

This year there are a slightly disappointing five entries, but the Isle of Arran Drama Assocation are confident there will still be a feast of entertainment over the two nights of the festival on Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 at the community theatre in Lamlash.

Although there will be only two adult plays – Autogeddon Revisited (Whiting Bay Club of Drama and Music) and Happy Deathday (Lamlash Drama) – the association is very pleased that three junior clubs will be performing as well.

Lamlash Junior Drama and Shiskine Drama, with their highly skilled producers Mary Young and Sheila Gilmore, are well known to the
Arran audience. Shiskine juniors will perform ‘sort of a Shakespearean’ comedy while the juniors from Lamlash will bring Platform Party, a piece about a drama festival, to the stage. Under the direction of Allan Little, Whiting Bay Junior Drama will step for the first time into the limelight with a rendition of Super Secret Surprise Casserole.

Association chairwoman Jerry Arthur explained that this year’s festival will be slightly shorter than in previous years but said: ‘Sometimes, the demands of private life and business life just have to take priority. Nevertheless, the drama association is pretty sure that we will see again more entries in future years.’

She added: ‘We count ourselves indeed very lucky to have so much young talent on the island. We appreciate their input very much, especially when they have exams to face during this time.’

All plays will be judged by this year‘s adjudicator, Dr Paul Dougall who will make his deliberations known to the audience at the end of each festival day.

The chairwoman is convinced that the 2018 festival will again be a very enjoyable event carried by the hard work of the clubs and last but not least by the equally hard work behind the stage, namely by Euan Stout and his stage crew and by Colin MacDonald in the sound and lighting box – without them the curtains wouldn’t lift and the stage would stay dark.

Tickets for the festival are available at the Book and Card Centre in Brodick from Monday February 19 until Friday February 23 at noon and also at the door.

The Shiskine Junior Drama Group performing their winning Little Foundling at last year festival. 01_B06drama01

Dave Simpkin and Andy McNamara cross sword in Poison which won for Whiting Bay last year. 01_B06drama02