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British Champions 2011

Falkirk's Tryst Theatre were crowned British drama champions at the weekend.

The team fought off challenges from the top English, Welsh and Northern Irish teams to wlift the coveted Howard de Walden Trophy in Swindon's Wyvern Theatre on Saturday night.

The cast of Brian Paterson, Craig Murray and Alan Clark performed act one of Art by Yasmina Reza.

Adjudicator Mike Tilbury praised Tryst's performance for its polish and professionalism and said, "This was acting of the highest standard - slick, comedic and highly enteraining."

Supporting the onstage team were stage managers Jimmy Cairns and Peter Tripney, assistant stage managers Carol Clark, Carol Allan, Kareen Cairns, Lorna Herd and Karen Paterson, with Jim Allan on lighting, David Allan on sound and Brian Tripney on props and continuity.

Before reaching the finals, the team had already won through the Falkirk District and Eastern Divisional finals of the Scottish Community Drama Association's one act play competition, before competing in the Scottish finals at Eden Court Theatre.

Director Alan Clark said, "This is my proudest moment since joining Tryst. We are absolutely delighted to win the British title and put Falkirk on the map."

Prior to heading to the finals, Tryst had to raise £1500 to cover their transport and accommodation costs.

Alan added, "We are very grateful to everyone who gave us financial assistance, especially the BenRiach Distillery Company who have been brilliant."

Tryst last won the British finals back in 1979 with Equus by Peter Schaffer, a production directed by the late Bill Graham. They were also finalists in 2004 with Travels With My Aunt.

Tryst chairman Frank Murray added, "After a gap of 32 years, it's great to have the Howard de Walden trophy in Tryst's custody for the next twelve months.

"The theatrical journey since the first performance of Art in May last year has been a tremendous team effort, with three talented actors supported by a very capable technical team.

"The atmosphere created by our Swindon hosts was excellent and it was encouraging to have the travelling support of members from other Scottish Community Drama Association clubs."

Tryst now take a well earned break for the summer. Details of our autumn production will be announced in due course.

Photo thanks to Ray Bulmer, Avon Association of Drama


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