Re­tired cou­ple still get in on the act

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE -

RE­TIRE­MENT has been a god­send for ac­tors Roddy and Fiona Begg. For the pair, who spend half the year in sun­nier climes at their home in France, are per­form­ing as much as ever. When they are “home” in Aberdeen, they per­form with Stu­dio Theatre Group, and in France, have found a group of like­minded friends who en­joy the­atri­cal pur­suits. Next week, their two worlds come to­gether at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre, when Stu­dio Theatre per­forms a new play writ­ten by one of their French friends in the Scot­tish Com­mu­nity Drama As­so­ci­a­tion Fes­ti­val of One Act Plays. Roddy di­rects his wife Fiona in the orig­i­nal play The Board Meet­ing by Gil­berto Dus­man. Fiona, who was a drama teacher in Aberdeen un­til tak­ing early re­tire­ment a cou­ple of years ago, says: “Nowa­days we spend half the year in France, in a re­mote re­gion (the Haute Loire) which is not pop­u­lar with Brits. How­ever, over the past five years, we have met a few, and the hand­ful of ex­pats in the area get to­gether from time to time. “One of our friends is Gil­berto, an English­man born in Croa­tia. He is a man of many tal­ents, a fine mu­si­cian ... and an oc­ca­sional play­wright. “Last year, he wrote The Board Meet­ing and per­suaded half a dozen of us to re­hearse and per­form it last Septem­ber ... in some­one’s liv­ing room.” The play is not long – about 20 min­utes – says Fiona, but is great fun. Es­pe­cially for her in the role of The Supreme God­dess, the cre­ator of our Uni­verse. When the Beggs re­alised they would be in Aberdeen for the SCDA Fes­ti­val, their first thought was of The Board Meet­ing. It will be ad­ju­di­cated in the per­for­mance and play­writ­ing cat­e­gories. Fiona says: “Roddy of­fered to di­rect it and the Stu­dio com­mit­tee liked it and was keen to be in­volved.” Stu­dio Theatre per­forms The Board Meet­ing at Aberdeen Arts Cen­tre to­mor­row evening, dur­ing the fes­ti­val which runs from tonight un­til Satur­day, start­ing at 7.30pm nightly.

AC­TIVE: Fiona Begg.

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