Falkirk drama is one easy act to follow

One Night in the Ukraine
One Night in the Ukraine
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The district’s top talent is taking to the stage this weekend.

The Falkirk District round of the Scottish Community Drama Association one-act play festival will take place in the town’s Bowhouse Community Centre on February 26 and 27.

Five short plays are being staged by local clubs hoping to get to the prestigious Scottish Finals at the macrobert in Stirling in April.

Last year Tryst Theatre performed a one act version of Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’ in the district round and went on to win the British Finals in the summer.

The clubs taking part this year are Bowhouse Amateur Theatre with ‘Private Wars’ by James McClure, Sunny Stars Drama Group with ‘Macbeth’ by Geoff Bamber, The Young Portonian Theatre Company with ‘The Dust of the Street’ by Harry Glass, Tryst Theatre A with ‘A Night in the Ukraine’ by Dick Vosburgh and Frank Lazarus and Tryst Theatre C with ‘Some Kind of Love Story’ by Arthur Miller.

Falkirk District Chairman Frank Murray says audiences are in for a treat this year.

He said: “The programme is incredibly varied.

“Comedy is provided by Bowhouse, Sunny Stars and Tryst Theatre’s ‘A Night in the Ukraine’ which is based on the zany antics of the Marx Brothers.

“Meanwhile, serious drama is provided by the Young Portonians and Tryst C, whose play ‘Some Kind of Love Story’ has strong language, scenes of a sexual nature and is unsuitable for children.”

The adjudicator with the difficult task of choosing the winners is Kilmarnock’s Jim Gibson.

After the plays on each night he will give a public adjudication to share his thoughts on the performances, and the on the Monday night, the winners will be announced.

Mr Gibson will decide on the first and second placed teams who will go onto the eastern divisional finals in Lochgelly.

There will also be prizes awarded for audience appreciation, best set design and best direction as well as an adjudicators award.

He will also choose a winning youth team from the Young Portonian Theatre Company and Sunny Stars Drama Group, who will to represent the district at the Youth Divisional Final next month.

The festival runs over two nights at Bowhouse Community Centre in Grangemouth.

Sunday, February 26, will see Sunny Stars, Young Portonians abnd Tryst Theatre C take to the stage, while on Monday February 27, Tryst Theatre A and Bowhouse Amateur Theatre will perform.

Curtain up at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets, priced £7 (£5 conc), are available from Irene McVie on 01324 486662, from club members, or at the door on the night.