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‘AN EVENING OF COMEDY & DRAMA’
Following on from the success of their recent sell out pantomime ‘Cinderella’, members of the award-winning Stewarton Drama Group are currently hard at work rehearsing for their next exciting production – ‘An Evening of Comedy & Drama’ – which will be presented in the theatre in the town’s Area Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th February. The production will feature three contrasting one-act plays which the Group hope will give the audience a varied night’s entertainment with a strong theme of family running through all the plays. The evening kicks off with a light-hearted Scots comedy – ‘Up in the Mornin’, written by Scottish playwright, Joe Corrie, and directed by one of SDG’s newer members, Andy McKie. ‘Up in the Mornin’ is set inside a mining family’s home, and features Sam Alcroft as John McCurdie, the hard-working and harassed head of the family, Ryan Lynch as his laid-back son Willie, Alison Barr as his daughter, Annie who does her best to look after the two men in her life, and Ann Burley as the nosey nextdoor neighbour Mrs Tamson. The audience will be treated in this period piece to the comic capers and early morning banter as Annie tries to get the two men out of the house to start the early shift at the coal face. Next up is a performance of ‘Fusion’, an original play written and directed by Group member Nancy McPherson. This play is a tense drama, set in the present day, in a garden patio where Claire (Laura McPherson) and her husband Gary (Jim Goldie) are having a cocktail party. Without doubt, a cocktail of tension, intrigue and raw emotion is served up as the guests arrive - Steven (John Allardice), Louise (Linda Wilson) and Joe (Walter Findlay). As the play unfolds, it becomes clear that the chemistry between these five very different characters can be explosive. But yet, in the mix, there is sadness and hurt which they all, in one way or another, share. An edgy piece, this play will take the audience through a range of conflicting emotions as layer after layer of these complex relationships is peeled back. Also this year, SDG is delighted to welcome neighbouring drama club, The Dunlop Players, who are presenting ‘What’s For Pudding’, a fast moving, fun-filled comedy written by David Tristram, and directed by Robert Donaldson. Jack and Mary are preparing themselves for yet another boring night in, when the doorbell rings unexpectedly. What follows is a series of anarchic comic revelations, as we meet their friends Ted and Maureen, and the foursome proceed to get the wrong side of a bottle of whisky. Their antics are witnessed by a bemused Dennis, who only turns up to order a pair of brown flared trousers from Mary’s catalogue, but ends up with a lot more than he bargained for. When you watch their performances, you’ll realise - it’s all about comic timing in the marriage game ! The evening will include two 15 minute intervals when a licensed bar will sell a selection of wine and soft drinks. Complimentary nibbles will also be available, courtesy of Stewarton Drama Group.
AS USUAL, tickets for this production priced at the Group’s normal rate of £7.00 each are on sale every day at Stewarton Library and Candy Chace in the town’s High Street, and can also be reserved by emailing email@example.com AND SOMETHING NEW, for those who might like to combine a two course pretheatre meal at The Hub Restaurant (8 Vennel Street, Stewarton, KA3 5HL) with the plays - SDG have arranged a special deal with The Hub, offering a pre-theatre meal and a ticket to see the plays at a cost of £12.00 inclusive. These special tickets are on sale at The Hub every day, and can also be reserved in advance by telephoning The Hub on 01560 428 131. Tickets can then be collected and paid for on arrival at The Hub on the night. So, don’t miss your chance to come along and see local theatre at its best in Stewarton on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February! Also for all you theatre enthusiasts, earlier the same week, on Wednesday 22nd February, Stewarton Drama Group’s production of ‘Fusion’ and The Dunlop Players production of ‘What’s for Pudding’ will be performed on the stage of Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre, in the Ayrshire Round of the annual Scottish Community Drama Association’s One Act Play Festival, when drama teams from across Ayrshire will compete for a place at the West of Scotland Final of the competition to be held in The Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock between Thursday 29th and Saturday 31st March. Kind Regards: Laura McPherson SDG Publicity Team Check out our websites: www.sdg.cfsites.org www.nancymcphersonplays.co.uk www.dunlop-players.org www.thehubstewarton.co.uk Please ‘LIKE’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stewartondramagroup www.facebook.com/nancymcphersonplays www.facebook.com/dunplay www.facebook.com/hub.stewarton