The 39 Steps

The Society's recent production of The 39 Steps, adapted from John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Hitchcock’s 1935 film of the same name, by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, then re-written on transfer to the West End by Patrick Barlow in 2005, proved to be a tremendous success.   

The play's concept called for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film to be performed with one actor, Ewan Phillip, playing the hero, Richard Hannay.  Bill Atkinson, Christopher Hewitson and Leah Gow completed the talented cast. All of the cast put in inspired performances and left the audience in stitches each night. The legendary scenes from the film including, the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, and the death-defying finale at the London Palladium were all there with the cast putting their own spin on the events.

Director, Graham Hewitson, handled the action with considerable skill and the integration of sound and lighting, combined with with slick scene changes by the crew, kept the action flowing.

All in all, a great nights entertainment.

2013 - 2014 Season programme announce

The Society has unveiled its programme for the forthcoming season, with the news that it will be presenting an exciting, varied and highly entertaining selection of plays.

Starting off the season is Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s adaptation of a classic novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale, which features Sherlock Holmes, is faithfully retold in this production, with an added dash of wit, comedy and slapstick. A cast of three performers will create dozens of characters, and lead you from London to Dartmoor as the great detective gets to grips with his most famous case.  This production is to be toured around Angus with dates confirmed currently, Abbey Theatre, Arbroath on Friday 20th September, East and Old Parish Church, Forfar, on Thursday 26th and Aberlemno Hall on Friday 27th.  It is hoped that at least one further date will be added.

The November production, to be staged in the Strathmore Cricket Club in Graham Crescent, is a nostalgic look back at the contribution to the war effort of the land girls in a production of Lillies on the Land.  Based on hundreds of letters and interviews with Land Girls, a company called The Lions Part, have devised a wonderfully entertaining, engaging and moving portrait of some of the war’s unsung heroes. The production will run from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th November with a matinee on Saturday 16th.

What better way of getting into the Christmas spirit than coming along to the Society’s Christmas show, It’s a Wonderful Life.  This stage version, written by Tony Palermo, is performed as a 1940’s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience where actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects.  Once again, the play will be presented in the Strathmore Cricket Club and runs from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th December.

In February, the Society will present a one act play in the SCDA annual one act play festival before presenting The Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th March.  Again the Strathmore Cricket Club is the intended venue.   The Society is delighted to finally have the opportunity to present this award winning play.  Set in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal, the play tells the story of a factory's struggle to survive against the competition of cheaper labour in other parts of the world that catapults Ellen, Vera, Rebecca , Una and their young messenger Rosemary from their uneventful lives into a desperate sit-in strike in the whimpy new manager's office.

Rounding up the season is a delightful comedy by Ron Hutcheson, Moonlight and Magnolias.  This iconic play, which gives the insight into the creation of the film, Gone with the Wind, will be performed in the Reid Hall from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd May.  This affectionate homage to the golden days of Hollywood has a script that’s as sharp as a razor and will have any audience laughing out loud! It’s Hollywood, 1939 and internationally renowned film producer David O. Selznick has just shut down production on the most eagerly anticipated movie in history – the megabudget version of Gone with the Wind - scrapping the original script and sacking the director in the process.

Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant services of ace script doctor – Ben Hecht, possibly the only person in America who has not read the novel. He has also engaged a new director-Victor Fleming, poached straight from the set of The Wizard of Oz.  Selznick’s reputation is on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, he locks them all in his office and a marathon creative session begins.

The Society are once again using different venues to produce their plays and it is hoped that new and established audience members will come along to what the Society think is a very interesting and entertaining programme. 

All in all, this was a very enjoyable evening, well presented and appreciated by the audience.

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