Local author’s new play

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MONIFIETH Theatre is playing host to a new theatrical production company, Black Dove Productions tonight.

The players are presenting a new play ‘The Round’ written and directed by the company’s director, Calum Dwyer. Calum is a former Monifieth High School pupil and last year graduated from Dundee College with an HND in Acting and Performance.

A keen writer and performer, he had written a number of plays, but had developed ‘The Round’ over four years.

The play looks at a number of seemingly unconnected characters. The audience then becomes aware of characters’ connections through family and circumstance.

The title implies a circle of connections but also indicates the set design. ‘The Round’ is a play set in the round – the players performing in the centre of the auditorium with the audience surrounding the action on all sides.

This is a new experience for the performers, all of whom Calum met through his membership of Monifieth Amateur Dramatics. The group had been hoping to perform the play for MAD, but it was agreed a new and contemporary type of production was less likely to produce the quantity of audience required to enable the Monifieth theatrical group to adequately make payments towards the full purchase of the theatre.

One cast member said: “This has been a fantastic learning experience. Calum had brought what he has learned at college for three years and delivered it to a group of amateurs to make this into a professional production. We are all very proud of his and our own achievements”

Black Dove Productions will have to be mothballed though for a few years after the summer as Calum is further developing his performing, writing and directing skills at Manchester University studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Theatre and Performance.

All members of MAD wish Calum the best for his future and hope to have their first famous former member!

The first performance of ‘The Round’ took place on Wednesday at Roseangle Gallery. The second showing will be tonight (Friday) at Monifieth Theatre at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £8 and £6 concession, students included in concession.