Top amateur actors take centre stage in Larbert

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Larbert’s Dobbie Hall is hosting a feast of drama this weekend as the top amateur actors from across Eastern Scotland take to the stage.

The Eastern Divisional final of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s One Act Play Competition takes place from today (Thursday) until Saturday, March 22.

Nine teams will compete for the chance to represent the area at the Scottish finals which take place at the Village Theatre in East Kilbride from April 24 - 26.

Two local groups are amongst those vying for the prize – Tryst Theatre and the Young Portonians alongside teams from Edinburgh, Fife and Stirling.

Tonight (Thursday) there will be performances of ‘The Faint Sound of a Bell’ from Leslie ADC, ‘Victor’s Dung’ from Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society and ‘Over His Dead Body’ by St Serf’s Players.

Opening Friday night’s performances are the Young Portonian Theatre Company with their production of ‘Pig Tale’ by Ron Nicol. This will be followed by ‘The Vow ‘by The Mercators theatre company and ‘PVT Wars’ by Kirkcaldy ADC.

Saturday night will see Tryst Theatre present ‘The Bespoke Overcoat’, followed by Aberdour Players Youth with ‘Hard to Swallow’ and ‘The Choristers’ by Leitheatre.

The adjudicator with the tough task of choosing a winner is Marie O’Sullivan. She will give a public adjudication each night and present the prizes after the final play on Saturday.

Last weekend saw two local teams competing in the youth Divisional Finals at Buckhaven Theatre in Fife.

Sunny Stars drama performed ‘Pressure’ while the Young Portonian’s performed Pig Tale and received high praise from adjudicator Gavin Orr for their polished and mature performances. The winning play was the hard hitting drama by Aberdour Players Youth, which, along with the Young Portonian’s will also be on stage this weekend.

Curtain up is at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets, priced £8 (scholars £6) are available from the box office on (01324) 624449 or at the door each evening.