Seven teams in drama com­pe­ti­tion

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The Isle of Ar­ran SWI Fed­er­a­tion is host­ing the An­struther Gray na­tional drama com­pe­ti­tion this year at the Ar­ran High School com­mu­nity theatre on Satur­day Novem­ber 10.

Orig­i­nally a one-act play com­pe­ti­tion, it was de­cided to in­tro­duce a ra­dio play ver­sion. En­tries have dwin­dled over the years but, with the in­tro­duc­tion of the ra­dio plays, it means there are seven teams com­pet­ing for the tro­phies from around Scot­land.

The Ar­ran Fed­er­a­tion has a team en­tered. The play, writ­ten and pro­duced by Wilma More­ton, who is also one of the char­ac­ters, is about three women try­ing to save their al­lot­ment shed from de­mo­li­tion. Lots of drama and laughs are to be had lis­ten­ing to this play.

It will be up against the Bell­squarry, Har­burn and Ratho In­sti­tutes (Mid­loth­ian) pre­sent­ing Con­flict is a Given; Jack­ston In­sti­tute (La­nark­shire) pre­sent­ing Char­ity Be­gins at Home; Craigie In­sti­tute (Ayr­shire) pre­sent­ing Once Upon a Time (but not as you know it); Carn­bee In­sti­tute (Fife) pre­sent­ing Con­flict Over Health and Safety; Til­li­coul­try In­sti­tute (Stirling, Clack­man­nan and West Perth) pre­sent­ing Shet­land Greets Dundee; and Kyleakin In­sti­tute (In­ver­ness-shire) pre­sent­ing Con­flict 917. The judge will be Alas­tair Hawthorn.

Jerry Arthur, chair­woman of the SWI and lover of am­a­teur dra­mat­ics on Ar­ran, said: ‘It’s all about voices and sound ef­fects in these pro­duc­tions. You have to imag­ine you are in the kitchen with the ra­dio on. If you can be trans­ported to the place por­trayed in the play, then the pro­ducer has done a good job.’

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to the event. Doors open at 1.15pm with the cur­tain up 1.45pm.

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