Forfar to the fore

FORFAR will be well represented at the Angus District heat of the annual national one-act plays competition, organised by the Scottish Community Drama Association.

The competition takes place at the Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath, on Friday (February 22) and Saturday, (February 23). Both Forfar Dramatic Society and, for the first time, Forfar Academy are competing.

The adjudicator is Paul Dougall from Hamilton who is appearing as adjudicator in Angus for the first time. Until recently he was on the academic staff of the University of Strathclyde as Head of the Department of Applied Arts and, latterly, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Education.

Opening the Festival on Friday is the Junior Kaims from Montrose with ‘As We Forgive Those’ by Andrew Smith followed by Forfar Dramatic Society with the hilarious comedy ‘Hogmanay’ by James Scotland. The final play on Friday is Carnoustie Theatre Club with ‘The Yellow on the Broom’ (abridged) by Anne Downie (from the book by Betsy White).

Saturday night opens up with Glaxo Drama Club (Montrose) who are performing the hilarious ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram, followed by Stage Stars from Carnoustie with an original play ‘Children of the Future’ by Bryan Dargie Lynch. The final team is Forfar Academy. They are performing ‘The White Feather’ which has been devised by the Group (compiled and adapted by Neil Aitken).

Curtain up is at 7 pm each night. The trophies will be presented on Saturday night by popular Radio Tay presenter Graeme Waggott. The local drama clubs perform the short plays followed each night by public comments and judging by Dr Dougall. The Angus winners take part in the next round of the competition, also being held at the Webster from March 28 to 30; the best youth team competes in the Youth Divisional Finals in the MacRobert Hall, Aberdeen, on March 16. More information from 01674 675466 or from the SCDA website www.scda.org. Tickets, priced £7 and £9, are available from the Webster Theatre box office on 01241 435800.