Members of Blairgowrie-based drama groups will enjoy a spell in the Birnam Institute spotlight this week as part of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s One Act Festival.
Blairgowrie Players are presenting three plays for the festival and Scrap Happy are performing two. Both groups are part of the Perthshire Drama section, which brings together 11 plays from seven different teams.
The festival opens a four-night run tonight (Wednesday) and continues until Saturday, March 2. It is part of the 81st SCDA festival of one act plays, and the first curtain-up each evening is at 7pm.
The adjudicator at Birnam is Marie O’Sullivan who was formerly head of speech and drama at a Bristol school and is still teaching privately, tutoring students for university and drama school entry.
The two leading plays at Birnam will go on to take part in the Northern Division Festival in Arbroath at the end of March, with the Scottish finals held at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in April.
The youth section winner will take part in the Division Youth Festival in Aberdeen on Saturday, March 16, with the leading youth teams from Aberdeen, Angus, and Orkney, and the Scottish Youth Final will be held at the Birnam Institute in June.
After the last play each evening the adjudicator will give a short appreciation of each entry based on the marking criteria.
On Saturday evening, Mrs O’Sullivan will sum up the three nights of the festival and announce the winners of the eight trophies up for grabs.