Craigie takes the top spot as Ar­ran hosts na­tional drama con­test

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Teams from all over Scot­land made their way to Ar­ran last week­end for the Scot­tish Women’s In­sti­tute’s An­struther-Gray drama com­pe­ti­tion.

One team trav­elled all the way from Skye for the con­test and ferry dis­rup­tion on Satur­day morn­ing meant that some of the teams, as well as ad­ju­di­ca­tor Alas­tair Hawthorn, were late to ar­rive.

How­ever, once pro­ceed­ings got go­ing the large au­di­ence, which filled much of the com­mu­nity the­atre, en­joyed seven very dif­fer­ent ra­dio plays - all writ­ten by the teams them­selves.

The Ar­ran SWI Fed­er­a­tion was the host of the com­pe­ti­tion this year which was orig­i­nally a one-act play com­pe­ti­tion, but was con­verted to a ra­dio play ver­sion after en­tries dwin­dled. Mr Hawthorn watched the plays from be­hind a screen, but the au­di­ence got to see the per­form­ers on stage and watch how they made the var­i­ous sound ef­fects re­quired.

The com­pe­ti­tion was won by the Ayr­shire Fed­er­a­tion, rep­re­sented by Craigie In- sti­tute, with Once Upon a Time (but not as you know it), a hi­lar­i­ous retelling of the Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood story from the point of view of the much mis­un­der­stood wolf – giv­ing his ev­i­dence in court.

Run­ner-up was the Jack­ton In­sti­tute, rep­re­sent­ing La­nark­shire, which pre­sented Char­ity Be­gins at Home, a com­edy play set in a char­ity shop, which has just re­ceived a rather valu­able do­na­tion.

Hosts Ar­ran, rep­re­sen­tred by the Shisk­ine In­sti­tute, fin­ished third to lift The Smith Salver with a play writ­ten and pro­duced by Wilma More­ton, who was also one of the char­ac­ters, about three women try­ing to save their al­lot­ment shed from de­mo­li­tion.

The fi­nal award for the best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance on the day went to Wilma Bal­lany of the Carn­bee In­sti­tute, rep­re­sent­ing Fife Fed­er­a­tion, who was sec­re­tary Olive in its per­for­mance of Con­flict Over Health and Safety – an amus­ing look at the hoops com­mu­nity groups have to go through when or­gan­is­ing an out­ing.

The other plays were Bell­squarry, Har­burn and Ratho In­sti­tutes (Mid­loth­ian) with Con­flict is a Given; Til­li­coul­try In­sti­tute (Stir­ling, Clack­man­nan and West Perth) with Shet­land Greets Dundee; and Kyleakin In­sti­tute (In­ver­ness-shire) with Con­flict17.

Ar­ran Fed­er­a­tion chair­man Jerry Arthur said it had been a great day and thanked all the teams for their de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mitt­ment to get to Ar­ran to com­pete in the event.

Win­ners Cragie in the court­room set­ting of Once Upon a Time (but not as you know it). 01_B46­play03

The Jack­ton In­si­ti­tute per­form Char­ity Be­gins at Home. 01_B46­play02

Shisk­ine per­form The Shed at the com­pe­ti­tion. 01_B46­play04

Carn­bee per­form Con­flict Over Health and Safety. 01_B46­play05

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