Tryst has swept the boards at two English
drama festivals in the last fortnight, becoming the first
club in the country to win both festivals back-to-back.
Tryst’s new play Art by Yasmina Reza
took first place plus three other trophies at the prestigious
Felixstowe Drama Festival – for Best Acting, Best Stage
Presentation and a special Adjudicator’s Award for one
of the cast, Craig Murray.
Then they made it a double cause for celebration when they
were awarded first place at the Welwyn Festival plus an award
for Director Alan Clark and the Audience Appreciation award.
Tryst Chairman Frank Murray said: “It’s the first
time any UK club has won both festivals back to back, so it’s
a superb achievement by the cast and crew and a marvellous
way to bring our summer season to an end.
“Art is a very popular comedy in which
the three actors – Craig Murray, Brian Paterson and
Alan Clark - perform somewhere between the elegance of The
Three Tenors and the slapstick of The Three Stooges.”
Frank explained that the play is a comedy of crisis. Serge
has bought a modern abstract painting for a huge sum of money.
Marc is disgusted and cannot believe that a friend of his
could possibly want such a ghastly work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully,
to placate both sides while struggling with the plans for
“Everyone at Tryst is thrilled, particularly for Craig
who was singled out by adjudicator Tony Rushforth at Felixstowe
to receive a special trophy for a huge and difficult speech
he has in act one. Mr Rushforth said it was the best monologue
he had ever witnessed.”
Alan Clark added: “It was a real team effort on both
nights. The cast were brilliantly supported by Jim Allan on
lights, David Allan on sound, Carol Allan on continuity, Brian
Tripney on props, Jimmy Cairns who took care of stage management,
refreshments and transport, and Carol Clark who took care