Victorious Tryst Aim Higher
This article appeared in the Falkirk Herald
on the 13th of May 2004, written by Brian Marjoribanks.
Tryst Theatre have been crowned Scottish amateur drama champions.
The club presented "Travels With My Aunt",
by Giles Havergal, in front of a near-capacity audience at the 800-seater
Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on Saturday night.
It was talented Tryst's first triumph in the Scottish Community Drama
Association one-act play festival for nine years and they deservedly returned
home with the coveted Wheatley Tassie after finishing top out of the 174
plays entered in the competition this year.
The company also lifted the Grampian Television Trophy for best stage
decor. Now they aim to complete the set by capturing the British title
for the first time in a quarter of a century. Director Jim Allan said:
"It's a case of third time lucky. We've been runners up in the last
two years so we're delighted to go one better this year."
Irish adjudicator John P. Kelly sang the praises of Tryst's four-man
cast - Craig Murray, Alan Clark, Jim Allan and Malcolm Newlands - describing
their performance as "ensemble acting at its finest" and comparing
some of their comedy to The Goon Show. Mr Kelly said the cast displayed
versatility with an assurance that ranged from detailled mime to splendid
vocal orchestration. He highlighted key moments as being the crematorium
and slavering Irish wolfhound scenes.
There was considerable praise to for Jim Allan as director. The adjudicator
felt a great deal of effort had gone into the pre-planning of the production,
which he said was visually varied, with every square inch of the stage
used to create a variety of memorable images.
The last time Tryst took the Scottish title was in 1995 when they beat
fierce, but friendly, rivals Kirkton Players of Carluke at the Palce Theatre
Both teams performed "September in the Rain"
and, while marks are not made public, just one point separated the teams.
Direction on that occasion came from founder member and Children's Theatre
stalwart Bill Graham, with Jim Allan and Carol Clark the cast of two.
This time it was Jim Allan's first success as a director at Scottish
level and Carol designed the lighting and brought to it a professional
calmness and confidence.
In six out of the last seven years, the Scottish winners have lifted
the British title. The question now is whether Tryst can win the prestigious
Howard de Walden Trophy in Wales next month for the first time since 1979.
The wise money says yes.
The British Finals take place in Aberystwyth, Wales on June 25 and 26.
My Aunt - Cast
Henry Pulling (1)
Henry Pulling (2)
Henry Pulling (3)
Henry Pulling (4)
Travels With My Aunt - Crew