Forfar Dramatic through to final

MEMBERS of Forfar Dramatic Society were celebrating at the weekend when they booked their place in the Scottish final of the annual national one-act play competition.

The cast of Hogmanay, led by producer Winnie Brown, finished runners-up at the Northern Divisional Finals held in The Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath .

The 81st annual event, organised by the Scottish Community Drama Association, was won by Atholl Players from Pitlochry who presented ‘Visitors from London’ by Neil Simon. They won the Alex Drummond Trophy and also took the Kennedy Thomson Quaich for best stage presentation.

Forfar Dramatic Society won the Jess Milne Quaich for Winnie T Brown’s production of the Scots comedy ‘Hogmanay’ by James Scotland, set in the fictitious Cambusdonald Abbey in 1460. The cast was Bruce Martin, Bill Atkinson, Ewan Phillip, Laurie Wilson, Carolyn McLean, Martin McKay, Marley Laurie, Leah Gow and Kay Brown. The stage manager was David Allen. Forfar also took the Alan Nicol trophy for ‘best moment to theatre’.

Atholl Players and Forfar Dramatic Society will both now represent the Northern Division at the Scottish Finals in the Pitlochry Festival Theatre from April 18 to 20 where they will compete against winning teams from the other Divisional Finals being held round Scotland. Third place, winning the Stonehaven Salver, was Carnoustie Theatre Club who presented ‘Yellow on the Broom’ by Anne Downie, from the novel by Betsy White, abridged by the Club. The play tells the story of travelling people in the 1930s.