THE coveted Moray Arts Club Drama Festival trophy is under heavy guard as thespians from across the area prepare to fight for the gong.
The biennial celebration of drama takes to the stage of Elgin Town Hall tomorrow, with six groups entering one-act plays in a bid to take home the Columbine Cup.
On Monday (March 18), Forres’ Varis Players will perform the comedy, ‘One Down, Three Across’, by Mary Jackson; EADS (Elgin Youth Team) will showcase Ron Nicol’s drama, ‘Friends and Neighbours’; and LADS will stage the comedy, ‘Last Tango in Lossie Green’, by David Tristram.
Tuesday sees Lossiemouth’s Buccaneer Theatre Club perform the comedy, ‘Purvis’, by Nick Warburton. It will be followed by the Varis Players youth group’s performance of ‘The Death of Little Willy’, a comedy by Ken Barrett. EADS will bring the evening to an end with Leonard de Francquen’s comedy, ‘Three Bags Full’.
Festival adjudicator is Silvie Taylor, a member of the Scottish Association of Speech and Drama Adjudicators and of the Scottish Community Drama Association. All of the adult teams will be fighting for the Columbine Cup, while the two youth teams will contest the Harlequin Trophy.
Moray Arts Club drama convener, Tracey Woods, said: “I feel really passionate about this festival. Local drama groups work extremely hard to keep their clubs going, and the process of bringing a play to life requires a high degree of self-discipline and co-operation.
“It’s also a lot of fun, and it strengthens motivation and self-esteem. I hope the local community support this event and come along to enjoy what our local drama clubs have to offer.”
Tickets, available on the door at Elgin Town Hall, are priced £7 (£6 concessions). Doors will open at 6.30pm, with performances getting underway at 7pm