Onwards and upwards for Carnoustie talent

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CARNOUSTIE drama gave a good showing at a drama festival at the weekend.

The 81st Angus District Festival of One Act Plays organised by the Scottish Community Drama Association was held in the Webster Memorial Theatre at the weekend.

Carnoustie Theatre Club lifted the Ian McKay Trophy with Betty Gibson’s production of ‘Yellow on the broom’ adapted by Anne Downie from Betsy White’s novel on her traveller upbringing.

The large cast also included children and two fiddlers and was stage managed by Peter White and Brian Gordon.

They were: Norma Murdoch, Hannah Marshall, Carolyn Dorran, Jerry Swinley, Hannah Ross, Dave Soutar, Paul Strachan, Sarah Oliphant, Amy Robertson, Ethan Doherty, Harry Cheape, Robbie Gordon, Megan Athey , Eve Swinley, Grant Wilson, Beth Harrison, Ali Laing, Bethany Craigie, Sarah Gordon, Muriel Gordon, Carolyn Harrison, John McSkimming, Sam Ruddell, Tom Horne and Kit Storm.

In addition, Carnoustie Theatre Club’s production also garnered them the Shiells Trophy for best stage production.

The Theatre Club will now represent Angus, alongside Kay Fleming Cup winners Forfar Dramatic Society, at the Northern Divisional Finals at the Webster Memorial Theatre on March 28 to 30, against the winners of the Aberdeen, Birnam and Kirkwall competitions.

The Angus Youth Trophy went to Stage Stars from Carnoustie who presented the brand new play ‘Children of the future’ by Brian Dargie Lynch.

The cast consisted of Alexander Borrie, Anna Butchart, Abbey Adams, Caitlin Tobin and Meagan McIntosh. The directors were Bryan Dargie Lynch and Kim Brymer and the stage manager was Kim Brymer.

They will now represent Angus in the Northern Divisional Youth Finals on Saturday, March 16, in the MacRobert Hall, Aberdeen.

Organiser of the Angus District Festival, John Fraser, was pleased with how the competition went.

He said: “The participants really enjoyed the event and the excellent facilities here at the Webster Memorial Theatre. We wish our local representatives all the best in the next round of the competition.”

Adjudicator Dr Paul Dougall was impressed with the standards which made his task more difficult.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being here in Arbroath and I have enjoyed each of the plays performed. It was a very, very difficult decision with two plays in particular, they were so close. And the youth entries also were difficult to decide a winner as they were all very impressive. I had to give my decisions a lot of thought.”