CARNOUSTIE Theatre Club took first place at the Northern Divisional finals of the annual One-Act Play competition held in Aberdeen Arts Centre Theatre at the weekend, winning the Alex Drummond Trophy.
The 80th annual event, organised by the Scottish Community Drama Association, was won by Sam Ruddell’s production of ‘A Time for Farewells’, a poignant drama by Damian Trasler. The Carnoustie cast was Grant Wilson, Carolyn Harrison, David Cheape and Sam Ruddell and the stage manager was Peter White.
Runners-up were the Birnam Institute Players who performed ‘Wind’ by Bob Davidson. They were awarded The Jess Milne Quaich.
Carnoustie Theatre Club and Birnam Institute Players will represent the Northern Division at the Scottish Finals being held at the MacRobert Theatre, Stirling, from April 26 to 28.
Third place went to Aberfeldy Drama Club with ‘Martha’ by Joe Corrie. Aberfeldy DC also won the Kennedy Thomson Quaich for Best Stage Presentation and the Alan Nicol Trophy for Best Moment of Theatre.
Also taking part were Forfar Dramatic Society, Hoy and Walls Entertainment Group from Orkney, Amici, Aberdeen, Palace Players, Orkney, and Studio Theatre Group, Aberdeen.
The adjudicator was Brian Marjoribanks from Falkirk. He played professional football for Hearts and Hibs before a successful acting career in, amongst others, ‘Dr Finlay’s Casebook’ and the BBC series ‘United’.
He went on to present sports programmes on radio and television and became controller with the Independent Television Commission. For five years he chaired the Board of Scottish Television.
The trophies were presented on Saturday night by Dolly Nicol from Aberdeen, a longstanding supporter of SCDA.