Retired couple still get in on the act
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.