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Mitchells Roberton Love A Duck!

Mitchells Roberton's sponsorship of Tryst has propelled the club to the Scottish Finals of the Scottish Community Drama Association's one-act play festival.

Next month Tryst are one of nine teams performing their plays in the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness where one team will be crowned Scottish champions on May 24.

Tryst's play is the comedy Duck Variations by the American writer David Mamet in which veteran lakeside sages George and Emil pontificate more or less authoritatively on the duck's mating and migratory habits, its worries, diseases, domestic arrangements, feeding patterns...even its sexual difficulties.

As well as earning a place in the Scottish Final, the team's performance at Kelso also landed them the Outlook Tower Trophy. Director Jim Allan was awarded the John Duncan Quaich for production, and Alan Clark was awarded nil points for karaoke.

The club was also presented with the Fraser Neil Trophy for winning the Eastern Division full-length festival with their production of James Scotland's Cambusdonald Royal.

Tryst's Chairman Frank Murray said: "We're very grateful to Donald Reid and his firm for their generous sponsorship. It really has motivated us to perform at the highest level."

Mitchells Roberton Marketing Manager Sarah Gurton said: "As a result of this intriguing play I've learned a lot about the subject. A duck faces many challenges - hunters, blight, tornadoes, airplanes, changes in the weather, small vicious children. It's quite clear the duck's life is not all hearts and flowers."

The Scottish Finals will take place May 22-24 at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness where Tryst will perform third on the Thursday night. - Tryst Theatre is a registered Scottish charity, No SC003303