Tryst Triumph in Grangemouth
Tryst Theatre were crowned Falkirk District drama champions at the weekend.
The team won the SCDA One Act Play Festival district round with their
production of "Pugilist Specialist" by Adriano
Hot on their heels in second place were the Young Portonian’s with
The Queen Must Die.
Adjudicator Russell Boyce had the tough task of choosing the winners.
On Saturday night, the eventual champs opened the festival. The team’s
simple but effective setting, the full use of the stage, the four differentiated
characters, good and varied use of lighting and sound all attracted acclaim
from the adjudicator.
Next up was the Young Portonian Senior team with Winners. Mr Boyce said
the two good young actors had tackled a difficult play which was still
fresh despite being written forty years ago.
Sunday night saw the second Tryst team perform "Sebastian"
which gained praise for its clever set and lighting, as well as the creative
use of music (and seamed stockings!)
The final play from the Young Portonians was The Queen Must Die. The
young cast were praised for their strong vocal performances, and believable
Alan Clark, Director of "Pugilist Specialist",
said: "I'm delighted we were performing the Scottish amateur premiere
of this gripping new play which is part thriller and part black farce.
“It's ice-cold, razor-sharp contemporary theatre that we tried
to tackle with style, pace and intensity, and we're proud to be representing
our District in Cupar next month."
The full list of prizes is as follows –
The Porteous Salver (runner-up),The Margaret Miller Quaich (Adjudicator's
Award) and The Lillias Scougall Trophy (Audience Appreciation Award) went
to The Young Portonian Theatre Company - Junior Team with The Queen Must
East Stirlingshire District Trophy (winner),The Rose Bowl Award (stage
/ costume / lighting / sound) and The Barker Quaich (production) went
to Tryst Theatre C with "Pugilist Specialist"
by Adriano Shaplin.
Tryst Theatre will perform at the Eastern Division Final in the Corn
Exchange, Cupar, on Friday, March 30. The adjudicator is Mr Jim Gibson.
The Young Portonians will represent Falkirk District at the Eastern Division
Youth Final in Bowhouse Community Centre, Grangemouth, on the evening
of Saturday, March 17th, at 6.00pm. Tickets £6 (£4.50 conc)
available at the door. The adjudicator is Brian Marjoribanks.
(article reproduced by kind permission of the Falkirk Herald)