Hollywood comedy is latest show

Radio play from Forfar Dramatic Society
Radio play from Forfar Dramatic Society

Forfar Dramatic Society has had to deal with its own mini drama surrounding the venue for its forthcoming production of ‘Moonlight & Magnolias’ by Ron Hutchinson.

The society had the Reid Hall booked for its staging of this highly entertaining comedy from Wednesday, May 21 to Friday, May 23 but had to find an alternative venue when it was announced that the European Parliament elections will be held on May 22 for which the hall will be a polling station.

Trying to find a suitable venue in Forfar which was free for a whole week at relatively short notice proved to be problematic, but the headteacher at Strathmore Primary School came to the rescue and the production will go ahead in the St James Road building.

Rehearsals are well under way and this sparkling comedy, set in the golden age of Hollywood, has a script as sharp as a razor and will have any audience laughing out loud.

Hollywood, 1939: Internationally renowned film producer David O.Selznick has shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history – the megabudget version of ‘Gone with the Wind’ - scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the process.

Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor Ben Hecht, possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel, and new director Victor Fleming, poached straight from the set of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

Selznick’s reputation is on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, he locks them all in his office and a marathon creative session begins.

This is the starting point for Ron Hutchinson’s comedy, that also has a few salient points to make about the aforementioned ‘golden days’ of Hollywood. Tickets, costing £10 and £8 for concessions, can be bought online at www.forfardramatic.com or at the Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street, Forfar.