Lairg club bags drama trophies
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LAIRG Drama Club returned home with two trophies from the recent SCDA (Scottish Community Drama Association) Moray Firth District Festival of One-Act Plays.
The club was presented with the Marion Munro Trophy after being placed 3rd overall in a very strong field of six teams.
But particularly pleasing was their perfect 15 out of 15 score for stage presentation, winning the Mackenzie Shield for Lairg for the first time ever.
Actresses Judy Pigou, Michelle Grover-Smith and Paula White performed Alan Ayckbourn’s chilling ghost story ‘Snake in the Grass’, directed by Geoff Pigou who was also responsible for sound and lighting.
A ghost story, ‘Snake in the Grass’, has just three female characters – estranged sisters Annabel and Miriam, played by Judy and Michelle and their dead father’s former nurse, Alice played by Paula,
The setting is the garden of the sisters’ dilapidated former family home and the play explores dark themes of domestic violence, victims’ guilt and the lack of communication between people.
Lairg club stage manager John Quinn built part of the set which consisted of a summer house with an old well concealed below a trap door and a garden bench next to tennis court fencing.
The stage crew who helped transport the set and erect it on the night were Iona Shearsmith, Mark Grover-Smith and Craig and Ian Phillips.
The set was enhanced by background sound effects of bird song, tennis balls and wind chimes.
Adjudicator at the district festival, which took place in Inverness on Saturday, 25th February, was Brian Majoribanks.
He told the Lairg team that he was impressed that they had managed to shorten the play, which had an original running time of two hours, into the stipulated 50-minute time slot.
He said the Lairg actors had been "convincing and believable" in their portrayal of individuals who were not what they appeared to be.
Local people will have the opportunity to see Lairg Drama Club perform the full two acts of ‘Snake in the Grass’ at Lairg Community Centre on Friday, 30th March. Refreshments will be served in the intervals between the two acts.