The curtain rises on the Edinburgh District round of the National One-Act Play Festival tomorrow, an historic occasion as the 84th festival (there were none during World War Two) marks the 90th anniversary of the Scottish Community Drama Association.
It’s a highlight of the amateur theatre calendar country-wide and this year there are no fewer than eight local productions vying for a place in the next round at The Church Hill Theatre.
The local selections are eight of around 150 competing to proceed to the divisional rounds, from where a number will be chosen to proceed to the prestigious Scottish final in April, also at the Church Hill.
The road to those finals start when members of Leitheatre, The Makars, The Grads, The Mercators, St Serf’s Players and Production Lines take to the stage.
Encouraging new writing, two of the plays have been written by local playwrights - Teamwork, by Jonathan North, a member of Leitheatre, and #Likes, by Claire Wood of Production Lines.
Not all the plays are new, though. The Grads (short for Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Company) present The Rose and Crown, by JB Priestley, while Leitheatre (Sunnyside) present Matt Mason’s take on Moliere’s The Flying Doctor.
Deciding which play deserves to go through to the next round will be adjudicator Keith Thompson, director at the Barn Theatre, Hertfordshire.
The National One Act Play Festival, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, tomorrow-Saturday, 7pm, £10 (£24 for a three-night season), www.scdaedinburgh.org.uk or at door from 6.30pm on performance nights
PLAYS AND PLAYERS
By Jonathan North
Cast: Mike Paton, Nicole Irvine, Elona Smith and Tim Foley
Director: Clem Allan
St Serf’s Players
in Erica And Me
By Alan Robinson
Cast: Charlie West, Derek Ward, Rona Arnott, Vicki Horne, Lynsey Spence, Sophie Williams and Fredericka Morrison
Director: Philip Wilson
in Bright Lights
By Alan Richardson
Cast: Josie Duncan, Chris Pearson and Rhona McColl
Director: Alan Richardson
Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group
in The Rose And Crown
By JB Priestley
Cast: Oliver Trotter, Oliver Cookson, Hilary Davies, Alan Patterson, Hannah Bradley, Beverley Wright, Charles Finnie
Director: Martin Foreman
in Collateral Damage
By Tariq Ali, Howard Brenton and Andy de la Tour
Cast: Chester Parker and Jana Doughty
Director: Martin Burnell
Leitheatre Sunnyside in The Flying Doctor
By Moliere, adapted by Matt Mason
Cast: Matt Mason, Chloe McIntyre, Don Arnott, Mike Paton, Liza Shackleton, Amelia Hodgson
Director: Matt Mason
By Claire Wood
Cast: Miriam Thomson, Penny Adams, Siobhan McGovern, Brian Neill, Ross Hope, Emma Carter, Cari Sivilis and Jacques Kerr
Director: Claire Wood
Leitheatre Stage Right in Audience
By Michael Frayn
Cast: Carol Jeffreys, Don Arnott, Marion Donohue, Amy Totty, Euan McIntyre, Amelia Hodgson, Brian Thomson, Martin Dick, Patrick Griffin, Moira Macdonald, Zoe Kelly, Kevin Rowe, and Chloe McIntyre
Director: Phyllis Ross