Whiting Bay play travels well to take top trophy

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The Whiting Bay Club of Drama and Music have once again enjoyed theatrical success with their play Nunquam Non Paratus which they performed at the East Kilbride Rep Fest where it came in third place and won the Whitemoss Trophy.

The winning play from the Arran One Act Drama Festival in February, which was written by Whiting Bay resident Andy McNamara, was very well received by the audience and judges when it competed against nine other plays from the area.

Cast members Allan Nichol, Andy McNamara, Patrick Scott, Zoe McGovern, Val Waite and piper Beverley Scott, together with the director, David Simpkin, travelled to The Village Theatre, East Kilbride, on the Kilmory Community Bus which was also loaded with their props and costumes.

Arriving at the venue in time for a quick technical rehearsal, the group made some last minute adjustments to sound and lighting – and enjoyed some refreshments provided by hosts, the East Kilbride Repertory Theatre Club – before raising the curtain on their performance.

The festival was held over four days and the results were only announced after the last two plays were performed. The winners were East Kilbride, who won the festival for the first time in its 35-year history, with last year’s winners, Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society, being placed second. Whiting Bay were third and received the Whitemoss Trophy.

Unfortunately there was no one from Whiting Bay to receive the award at the presentation but Val’s mother kindly accepted it and brought it across to Arran on Sunday, where it was proudly displayed at the Whiting Bay Memories event.

The Whiting Bay Drama Club will be performing Nunquam Non Paratus, for those that have not managed to see it, at a performance in the Whiting Bay Hall later this summer.


Director David Simpkin joins the travelling actors Allan Nichol and Zoe McGovern on the ferry to perform at the East Kilbride Rep Fest. No_B20play01

Some of the star studded cast comprising Beverley and Patrick Scott, writer and actor Andy McNamara, and Val Waite who all joined their fellow cast members on the ferry. No_B20play02

Piper Beverley Scott performs the opening scene in the play Nunquam Non Paratus. No_B20play03

A village accomplishment taking pride of place, the Whitemoss Trophy, is displayed at the Whiting Bay Memories event. No_B20play04