‘Real’ performance nets drama trophy

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A group of young actors from Carnoustie have returned from a prestigious national drama festival in Orkney with a trophy.

The Carnoustie Theatre Club youth team won the Jenny Hill Youth Trophy at the Northern Divisional Final of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s youth one act play festival in Kirkwall.

Their performance of ‘This Is The Real Me’ earned them a runners up place and the trophy at the festival held in the Orkney Arts Theatre on Saturday (March 14).

There were four competing plays which had all won through their respective district rounds. Carnoustie, representing Angus, performed ‘This is the Real Me’ written by the club’s own Audrey Doherty and Susan Crabb.

Blairgowrie Young Players, performed ‘Belly Buttons’ by Michael B. Malone; Ury Players – Cowie from Stonehaven performed ‘Flushed’ by Ron Nicol and the Palace Players from Kirkwall performed ‘Down Came The Rain’ by Burgess Clark.

All entries were of a particularly high standard this year, which made adjudicator Alasdair Hawthorn’s choice very difficult.

Palace Players were the overall winners of the festival and were awarded the Jayne Nicol Youth Trophy.

They will now go on to represent the Northern Division at the National Youth Finals to be held at the Arts Centre, Lochgelly, on June 20. Blairgowrie Young Players won the Morton Cup for the best moment of theatre.

Carnoustie Theatre Club president Paul Strachan was delighted with the youth team’s success in Orkney and praised their commitment to the competition.

He said: “All the participants really enjoyed the event and the excellent facilities at the Orkney Theatre.

“The Carnoustie Youths have worked hard over the last three months putting together an original piece which they can be truly proud of.

“Carnoustie Theatre Club wish Palace Players all the best in the final round of the competition in June.”

Carnoustie Theatre Club this week host a ‘1940s Night’ in the Dibble Tree Theatre, which continues tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

It is a joint youth and adult production looking at memories and songs of the Home Front during World War Two.

There are still some tickets left at The Fobel Shop or by contacting 07845467654.