Falkirk area theatre groups face off in drama festival

Carol Clark - in The Lockerbie Bomber, to be performed by Tryst Theatre in SCDA festival
Carol Clark - in The Lockerbie Bomber, to be performed by Tryst Theatre in SCDA festival

Two local theatre groups will go head to head when Larbert’s Dobbie Hall hosts a popular drama festival this weekend.

On Sunday evening, the Falkirk District round of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s one-act play festival features plays from two talented local clubs – offering two contrasting subjects and styles.

Grangemouth’s Young Portonians and Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre are competing for a place in the next round which will be held in Edinburgh in April.

First to perform are the Young Portonians with ‘The Audition’ by Don Zolidis.

In this comedy a new drama teacher is bringing a production of ‘A Chorus Line’ to the high school.

Though the hopefuls range from shy to outrageous, and from diva-like to determined, everyone has a chance to step into the spotlight.

It’s described as a hilarious and heartbreaking look at the madness of auditioning and the actors who brave the process for that perfect part.

Closing the festival are Tryst Theatre with ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ by Larbert writer Kenneth N. Ross.

It’s an emotional and soul-searching drama about the Lockerbie disaster which claimed 270 lives when a jumbo jet crashed in the Scottish town in 1988.

The actors are Carol Clark, Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Rhona Law, Brian Paterson and Craig Murray.

The adjudicator on the evening will be Falkirk’s Brian Marjoribanks, who will comment on the plays and award the trophies at the close of the festival.

SCDA District Chairman Frank Murray said: “The annual SCDA festival is always eagerly awaited by our audiences because of the variety of the plays on offer and the quality of the performances.

“This year offers two contrasting plays which will make for a fascinating evening.”

The evening starts at 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets £7 (concessions £4) are available at the door or by telephoning (01324) 624449.

This Scotland-wide Festival is sponsored by the Scottish Building Society.