‘Porch’ sitting pretty with win

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A pair of Carnoustie thespians will be back on the road later this month after emerging triumphant in the latest stage of a national drama competition.

‘Porch’ Carnoustie Theatre Club’s entry in this year’s Scottish Community Drama Association One Act Play Festival has progressed to the next round, after winning the Alex Drummond Trophy in the SCDA Northern Division round at Birnam Arts Centre last week.

Written by Jack Heifner, ‘Porch’ sees the two characters, an ill and crotchety old lady called Dot and her restless spinster daughter Lucille, sit on their ramshackle old porch bickering about the heat, each other and their situation, in a frequently funny exchange that vividly captures their quiet desperation.

The CTC production stars Betty Gibson as Dot and Carolyn Harrison as Lucille and is produced by Dick Gibson.

The adjudicator was Walker Ewart O.B.E who gave insightful commentary for all the participants and was congratulated by the Divisional Chairman Tom Gibson during his summing up of the three day festival as one of the best he had seen. Congratulations were given to all participating clubs on what proved to be a very tightly contested three nights.

A spokesperson for the Angus branch of the SCDA said: “Huge congratulations to Carnoustie Theatre Club from Angus District - winners of our Northern Divisional Final with their production of ‘Porch’ by Jack Heifner.”

Betty Gibson, who plays Dot, said: “The team is really excited to have the opportunity to take part in the Scottish finals and meet up with friends, old and new, from all over Scotland.

“This is the first time the Scottish Community Drama Association one act play festival finals have been held in the new theatre in Orkney.

“We are pleased to be representing the Northern Division in this competition.”

Carnoustie will now represent the North of Scotland, alongside runners up Orkney’s own Palace Players, in the finals in the new Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall, on April 23 - 25, and face stiff competition from each of the two winning companies from the other three Scottish divisions.

Richard Wilson O.B.E, of Victor Meldrew fame from BBC’S ‘One Foot In The Grave comedy series’ is the honorary president of the SCDA and will be attending the final in Kirkwall to present prizes.