Tryst Festival: Local talent relishing its chance to shine

Bowhouse Drama Club will perform 'God's Official' at Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday
Bowhouse Drama Club will perform 'God's Official' at Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday
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A fortnight-long celebration of the arts in Falkirk District is now well underway, with a mixture of music, art and drama.

One local drama group is hoping to have audiences rolling in the aisles with its new play this weekend.

Bowhouse Drama Club is performing ‘God’s Official’ as part of the Tryst Festival at Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday, a hilarious situation comedy about two very unhappy and clueless football fans.

Aggrieved by a “dodgy” decision from a referee which saw their team relegated, the unhappy duo decide to take matter into their own hands.

They kipnap the ref and hold him to ransom until the game is rescheduled.

However, the hapless chaps encounter one disaster after another in their search for retribution.

Director Margaret Kirkwood said: “It really is very funny.

“Even though it’s based around football, you will still enjoy it even if you’re not interested in football or a fan.

“These two guys get into all sorts of trouble, and the whole thing turns into chaos.”

Written by Robert Farquhar, ‘God’s Official’ is a perfect production for SCDA Bowhouse Drama Club which has just three actors.

The play stars Chris Cavanagh as ringleader ‘Bobby’, and Colin Ferguson as his best mate ‘Tam’, alongside Robert Ainslie as the unfortunate referee Anthony Greaves.

However, Anthony has his faith to keep him going, while the other two struggle on 
by themselves.

Margaret added: “You can expect a lot of laughs.”

As the play features very strong language, it’s only suitable for youngsters 14 
years and older.

Tickets, priced £5, can be obtained on the door on the night or from the Steeple.

Sunny Stars

Youngsters from a local drama company are planning to sparkle on stage next week as they take part in the festival.

Audiences can expect a magical evening of entertainment from the children of Sunny Stars, which is this year presenting its 12th annual summer show.

The young stars, aged fromfour to 16, will perform three plays – ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Peter Pan’, and ‘Beauty IS a Beast’ – a hilarious twist on a classic tale.

Sunny Stars principal Jennifer Marjoribanks said: “The children have been working so hard over the last few months to rehearse for their show. The evenings will be packed with music and fun, and it really is a fabulous evening for 
all the family.

“There are some familiar tales – from the boy who doesn’t want to grow up, to a boy who just wants to be real, as well as a very new story of a girl who’s beautiful on the outside but not so pretty underneath.

“Our senior class will also be performing extracts from their play, ‘Pressure’.

“We love taking part in the Tryst Festival and are very grateful to Falkirk Arts and Civic Council for allowing us to be part of such a great fortnight.”

Art Club

Falkirk and District Art Club’s annual exhibition opens on Tuesday, May 20 and runs until Sunday, 25. The Club shows around 250 paintings 
by its members in FTH Studio, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday; 1 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Sunday).

Tickets for all events are available from the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850. Visit to find out more.