Success for Ghostly Experience

A huge success - that was the consensus following the Scoiety's three
night run of their innovative Christmas show Things that go Bump in the
Vine.  The performances, held in the Vine and Monkey, consisted of a
series of spooky, or ghostly tales that were read in front of the fire. 
The Society had gone to great lengths to create a very atmospheric
setting with a series of strange ghostly characters in attendance along
with other unexplained noises evident throughout the evening.

Society President Bob Kidd was the host for the evening and set the
scene by revealing that the building had, at one time, been used to hold
suspected witches prior to their trials.  It was a place where various
methods of torture was inflicted on the women to try and extract
confessions and Bob wondered if some of their spirits still lurked in
the shadows!

First up was Graham Hewitson who read the Dickens classic, The Signalman
and this was followed by a local tale of a couple spending the night in
a Dundee Guest House entitled The Floating Head, read by Margaret
Beaton.  The first half was brought to a close when Bob Kidd narrated a
story set in Glamis entitled The Floating Hand.

The arrival of Tommy the Troubadour – Psychic Investigator, got the
second half off to a lively and comic start.  Neil Paterson telling his
own story, in his own inimitable style, had the audience in stitches as
he tried to find the existence of some spirits in the building.

Linda McLaren followed with a very touching, seasonal story of the
Christmas Fairy Cake, and the evening was brought to a spectacular close
(literally) with Christopher Hewitson reading The Wild Hunt.

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

Online Booking Launched
The Society is delighted to announce the launch of an online booking system.  Tickets for all our forthcoming shows can now be booked online with payment by card.  Why not try this out by booking for our next production, Things that go Bump in the Vine by visiting the Current Production page on this site

February 2013

There was a real buzz around the Society Clubrooms on Tuesday night when the casting for February 2013 Double Bill, to be performed in the Plough Inn, was held.  The plays to be performed are Hogmanay by James Scotland and A Bolt from the Blue by David Tristram.  Casting for these plays was as follows:
Hogmanay
Bill Atkinson, Bruce Martin, Iain Burns, Ewan Phillip, Carolyn McLean, Leah Gow, Laurie Wilson, Marley Laurie and Kay Brown.  The play will be directed by Winnie Brown.

A Bolt from the Blue
Christopher Hewitson, Neil Paterson, Scott Heggie, Naomi Weir and Susan Steel.  The play will be directed by Graham Hewitson.

The Society were delighted to see some new members come along and hope that they will feature in some of our forthcoming productions. 

The plays will be performed in the Plough Inn, Market Street, on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February at 7:30pm.

Spooky goings on at the Vine

The Society is now gearing up for its Christmas production, Things that Go Bump in the Vine.  Each night, from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th December, Society members will be reading a collection of Ghost Stories in front of the log fireplace in the Vine and Monkey in Forfar's West High Street.
The show starts at 9pm each night, however, the bar will be open before hand and it is hoped that folks will come along early and enjoy a drink and a chat before the stories get underway.
We feel, that due to the building's chequered past, The Vine and Monkey is the perfect setting for the play to be performed.  The building was once a Tollbooth and during the notorious Forfar Witch Trials of the late1660's, women suspected of being witches were held and tortured in the building with a view to extracting confessions of witchcraft.  Those found guilty, were likely to be executed.

The ticket, priced at £8 (£6 concessions), includes a hot supper

Youth Theatre Show Announced

The youth theatre group will take to the stage again in March 2013, with another original play.

This time, fairy tales will provide the inspiration, as the group give a new slant to some well known storylines.

The promise is for a funny, quirky piece  - suitable for all ages -which puts familiar characters in unfamiliar situations.

Watch this our youth theatre page for regular updates as the play comes together. Dates and venues will be announced early in the New Year.


Christmas Show Taking Shape

The Society's first Christmas show for many years is taking shape.

The Vine and Monkey in West High Street will provide the venue for an evening of ghostly tales, as we revive the Victorian Christmas tradition of ghost stories told in front of a log fire.

The stories will mix old and new. Some will draw on local folklore, while others will be drawn from the back catalogue of stories by authors like Dickens and MR James.

Tickets will be on sale very soon. Keep your eye on the website for details

Wonderful Effort
 

A wonderland – filled with magical and mysterious characters – was created on the Reid Hall stage on Sunday 16 September, as the club
brought Lewis Carroll’s magical novel to life.

This was no ordinary experience for the theatre goers who attended the show.

The whole production was contained on the stage, as the audience joined the actors behind the curtain for an intimate performance.

The entire piece was played out to a sound track created by the young company in advance, with an enchanting mix of dialogue and music.

The actors wore a variety of realistic and fantastic masks. There were hand puppets galore depicting everything from Dodos and ducks to a very small Alice in Wonderland.

For forty magical minutes the talented young cast transported the audience to Lewis Carroll’s wonderland. They demonstrated considerable discipline and did an excellent job in timing their entrances, exits, gestures and movements with the soundtrack – a not inconsiderable achievement.

Particular highlights in the production were Alice’s fall in to Wonderland, her plunge in to the pool of tears and her many changes of size
and form. All of these fairy tale moments were delivered with a simple theatricality that can only be achieved in live theatre.

The show made maximum use of an intimate space which gave the audience a sense of being in Wonderland with the characters, as opposed to the more traditional theatre experience of being on the outside looking in.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the latest in Forfar Dramatic Society’s achievements and one which should be credited to the group’s younger members.

And it isn’t just about performing for this group; bringing Alice to the stage provided many opportunities for learning and achievement.
Recording the sound track provided valuable experience in microphone work and communicating without the benefit of non-verbal signals. Working with masks required the company to work hard on posture, gesture and ensuring that they used their whole bodies to direct the audience to the focus of attention at any given time. And being part of an ensemble piece helped the group to develop an understanding of the extent to which theatre is a collective experience that can only be delivered if people work together.

Congratulations are due to all associated with this imaginative and creative production and we look forward to the next efforts of our
Youth Theatre

New Season Announced

The Society is delighted to announce its programme for the forthcoming season.  We hope the Forfar play going public will find the programme varied, exciting and interesting.  From the re-run of the popular Two in September right through to Dicken’s classic David Copperfield next May, we hope to see you at some or all of our productions.  Some of the detail, such as venues, have still to be firmed up, and while we do not expect any problems, the plays will be subject to the Society securing the performing rights.

·   Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th September.  By popular demand - re-run of Two to be performed in the Osnaburg Lounge, Osnaburg Street, Forfar.  7.15 for pie and drink which is included in the ticket price (£8 & £6), performance starts 7.45.

·   Sunday 16th September.  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the Reid Hall at 2pm, 4pm and 7pm.  Tickets £5; Family £18 available from Box Office: Clubrooms 132 East High Street, Forfar between 10am and 3pm Monday 10th September, daily until Friday 14th September, by emailing forfardramatic@live.co.uk or by phoning 07783 481259.

·   Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October.  The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) in East & Old Parish Church.  Performances commence at 7:30pm.·    Week beginning 19th November.  Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness. Venue and dates to be confirmed. 

·   Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th December.  Ghost Stories to be told at the Vine and Monkey. 9.00pm (to be confirmed)

·   Week beginning 11th February.   Double Bill.  Hallowe'en by James Scotland (this will also be the entry for the SCDA one-act play festival).  Second play is David Tristram’s hilarious Farce- A Bolt from the Blue by David Tristram.  Venue and times to be confirmed.

·   May 2013.  David Copperfield. Charles Dickens classic novel adapted for the stage by Alastair Cording.  Dates and venue to be confirmed
 


New Season Shows Announced

The Society is delighted to announce two shows which will kick off their new season.  Firstly, due to popular demand, the Society will return to the Osnaburg Bar to present TWO by Jim Cartwright.  This very funny and moving play was performed in May, and as audience numbers were restricted, many people were disappointed to miss out on tickets.  The three night run will be staged on Tuesday 4th to Thursday 6th September.  These dates are now confirmed.  Ticket price of £8 (£6 concessions) once again include a pie and a drink.

September will also see the Society stage Alice in Wonderland in the Reid Hall.  This adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic is sure to appeal to all ages.

Summer Break

The Society members are currently enjoying a well deserved summer break.  The club resumes in our premises, 132 East High Street, Forfar, on Tuesday 14th August at 7.30pm with an informal 'Welcome Back' meeting.  Plans for next years programme are currently being worked on by a sub- committee and it is hoped that these plans will be revealed to members at this meeting.  As always, new members are very welcome and anyone thinking of joining, or wanting an insight as to what membership entails, will be made very welcome on the 14th.  If you wish to contact the Society before this meeting, please feel free to email us at forfardramatic@live.co.uk

Race Night Fun

The Society’s inaugural race night was held last Saturday, 15th June, and was hailed a great success by all who attended.  Although a few more ‘punters’ would have swelled the crowd, the people who did attend fairly got into the spirit of the evening showing frenzied  excitement as each race neared its conclusion, especially if ‘their’ nags were still in contention.
Fund Raising Convener Kim Brown thanked all who attended, the Strathmore Cricket Club for hosting the event and all the members and business who donated prizes.  A grand total of £670 was raised, and this sum will be used to boost the coffers of the Clubroom Conversion Fund

Lively and well attended AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held in the East high Street clubrooms on Tuesday 12th June 2012.  The meeting was well attended and saw retiring President, Neil Paterson, hand over the reigns to Bob Kidd.
In his final address as President, Neil gave thanks to all members for their support during his three year stint with special mention to fellow office bearers, Bob Kidd, Winnie Brown and Linda McLaren.

Neil also remarked on the extensive transformation and progress made in the clubroom conversion during his tennure.  The prospects of gaining a licence to allow performances in the clubroom is now tantilisingly close and hopefully that milestone in the clubs 80 year history will be reached in the forthcoming session.

The new office bearers can be found at the link below:

http://forfardramatic.btck.co.uk/Build/Default.aspx?page=%2fAbout+us%2fOfficeBearers&mode=edit

The new session will start on Tuesday 14th August in the clubrooms, 132 East High Street, Forfar at 7:30pm, where a warm welcome will be extended to current and prospective members.

Charity Race Night
Why not come along for a great nights entertainment and fun at the Society's charity Race Night which is being held in the Strathmore Cricket Club, Graham Crescent, Forfar on Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm.  Not only will it be a fun evening, you could end up being a winner.  There are eight races on the night and if you select the winning horse, you could make yourself a bit of cash.  In addition, you can 'buy' a horse and if your horse is a winner you will earn a bottle of spirits.  Tickets cost a mere £3 and can be bought at the door on the night.

TOUR SUCCESS
The innovative short tour of a Play, a Pie and a Pint run by Forfar Dramatic Society last week was a huge success with sell out performances in all three venues.  The capacity audiences were certainly entertained and very appreciative, not only of the variation of material performed, but also the standard achieved.
The opening night in the Osnaburg Lounge saw a performance of TWO by Jim Cartwright.   The play, skilfully directed by Drew Barnett, fairly zipped along and the capacity audience engaged in the action from the outset.  The naturalistic setting and the close proximity of the action and audience only enhanced the experience and brought the characters closer to reality. 
The play is set in a lively northern pub run by a married couple with a thorny relationship.  What follows is a series of short vignettes that skilfully combines pathos and humour.  The script is written for all fourteen characters to be played by two actors, however, this production used eight actors with some doubling.  Each of these characters was performed with a profound sympathy and there was both pathos and humour in all their stories.  At closing time a small boy enters, the catalyst who reveals the cause of the disharmony between the landlord and landlady. The unveiling of the suppressed misery of losing their young son was the heartbreaking climax of the play and both Linda McLaren and Graham Hewitson were utterly believable in their desolation.  The other characters were convincingly played by Leah Gow, Grahame Miller, Naomi Weir, Ewan Phillip, Lesley Fraser, Christopher Hewitson, Scott Heggie and Jed Davidson.
Laughs were definitely in abundance in Thursday night’s production of Whisky Galore.  Comedy, coupled with nostalgia, were the order of the day in Paul Godfrey’s adaptation from Compton MacKenzie’s novel of the same name.  This version of the war-time comedy is set in a post war BBC radio recording studio where we encounter the kind of actors who we heard in the 1940s and 50s.  The fun comes not only from the witty script, but is enhanced by the visual impact of seeing all the characters played by four actors.  But that is not all, as we must not forget the wonderful sight of the ‘narrator’ who doubles as the sound effects technician.  This role is integral to the play and Elaine McEwan was inspired in bringing a multitude of props together to realistically recreate some wonderful effects – especially the little doggie.
Christopher Hewitson, Graham Hewitson, Grahame Miller and, the larger than life, Sarah Phillips played the actors, resplendent in 1940’s evening dress as was the case for radio plays of the period. The multitude of colourful characters portrayed were brought to life with the use of convincing accents in what was a very fast paced production.
The final night of the tour saw performances of Jerome K Jerome’s gentle comedy, Three Men in a Boat and Gus Kaikkonen’s American comedy of relationships, Potholes which were performed in the Vine and Monkey.  
The rehearsed reading of Three Men in a boat, was convincingly read by Graham Hewitson, Christopher Hewitson and Drew Barnett and certainly conveyed the gentle pace of life on a Thames boat trip at the turn of the century by three ‘duffers’.  
This was nicely contrasted by the cleverly understated and delightfully funny study of male-female relationships in Potholes.  Philip and Sophie Nibs, played by Christopher Hewitson and Laurie Wilson, are a young couple singled out by their friends for the apparent bliss of their marriage although they aren’t quite convinced themselves that their union is quite as idyllic as others may think.
While having coffee at a cafe they are joined by a friend, Leonard Joy (Ewan Phillip), who relates his inability to establish a solid, lasting relationship with a member of the opposite sex. Urged on by his friends, Leonard makes a halting approach toward a very attractive young lady, Debra Scattergood (Leah Gow), who is enjoying her newspaper at an adjacent table.  The play was directed by Ewan Phillip who drew convincing performances from all four actors.
This has been a highly successful and innovative tour by Forfar Dramatic Society and it is hoped that the Society may undertake similar ventures in future.


Sell Out Tour - almost
The Society is delighted to announce that the first and last night of its three night tour - A Play, A Pie and A Pint has sold out.  Two, by Jim Cartwright, will be performed in the Osnaburg Lounge on Wednesday 23rd to a capacity audience after the last few tickets were snapped up last week. Similarly, the performances of Three Men and a Boat and Potholes, to be staged in the Vine and Monkey on Friday 25th have also all been sold. There are still a few remaining briefs for the performance of Whisky Galore in the Strathmore Cricket Club on Thursday 24th and these can be bought at the door on the night.  At each venue, you will be able to savour a drink, have something to eat and enjoy one of the plays that makes up this short season of theatre.  Tickets for Whisky Galore can also be reserved by emailing forfardramatic@live.co.uk.

A Play, A Pie and a Pint
You can see four plays in three days on 23, 24 and 25 May as Forfar Dramatic Society presents its Play, a Pie and a Pint tour.  All performances start at 7.45pm with your pie and pint served from 7.15pm.  Alternative food and drink will be available.
Over these three days the Society is inviting you to join them on a visit to The Osnaburg Bar, Strathmore Cricket Club and the Vine and Monkey.  At each venue, you will be able to savour a drink, have something to eat and enjoy one of the plays that makes up this short season of theatre.
The tour opens on Wednesday 23 May at the Osnaburg with a performance of Two, by Jim Cartwright. This comedy is the ideal choice for presentation in a pub, because that is where the action takes place. Two is set in a pub and the storyline gives you the opportunity to meet the Landlady and Landlord, whose lives revolve around the running of the establishment. They met there, celebrated their marriage there and eventually achieved their ambition of living and working there. But did it live up to expectations, or will it be where their relationship ends?
The play also introduces the pub regulars; a cross-section of residents in the town – all of whom have their own reasons for visiting the pub and different stories to tell.
Next stop on the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour is Strathmore Cricket Club on Thursday 24 May, when drink will again be at the heart of the entertainment offered by Compton McKenzie’s Whisky Galore.
The well-known Scottish novel has been adapted for performance as a radio play and a small company of actors will bring its many characters to life.
Whisky Galore is set on the island of Little Toddy during the Second World War. Tragedy strikes the island when the supply of whisky runs out and there is no prospect of it being restored until the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground just off-shore. Will the islanders be able to rescue its cargo of whisky? And will they be able to conceal their contraband from the man from the revenue?
This gentle and delightful comedy is set in convivial surroundings and is one that you wouldn’t want to miss.
There are two plays on offer at The Vine and Monkey on Friday 25 May.
First on stage is Three Men and a Boat, to be followed by an American play Potholes.
Three Men and a Boat is Jerome K Jerome’s tale of three old friends from London who decide to take a trip in a rowing boat up the Thames. It is a charming, gentle tale which cannot fail to make you smile. Pubs may not be at the centre of this story, but they certainly play a part
Potholes is set in a New York café one lunchtime and focusses on conversation and relationships.  Once again Potholes is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and remind you of conversations and situations in your experience.
The Play, a Pie and a Pint tour is an ambitious undertaking by Forfar Dramatic Society and is taking place at a time when the group is already very busy.
The Society’s main priority for 2012 is to convert its East High Street premises in to a performance space. This is a long held ambition for the group and this year they have decided to turn good intentions in to reality. Work is already well underway, with an insulation project completed, some upgrades to the committee rooms on schedule for completion in May and plumbing, electrical and decoration work planned for the summer months.
The Society did consider taking a break from performing while all this work progressed, but at the end of the day – members of the Society joined because they want to perform and the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour offers the ideal vehicle. It allows the actors to act, but without all of the additional work in putting on a main stage production at the Leisure Centre.
You can join the actors on the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour in several ways. You can follow the full tour by purchasing a season ticket for £20. There is a two night ticket available at £14 and a single performance is priced at £8. All of the tickets include, unsurprisingly, a drink and a pie.  There is a £2 reduction on these prices for concessions.
Tickets can be obtained in a number of ways.
They are available:
From the Toy Castle in Castle Street, from Monday 14 May
From members of Forfar Dramatic Society
By emailing the Society at forfardramatic@live.co.uk. There is a link to this address on the Dramatic Society’s website at http://www. forfardramatic.com
So, don’t miss out on this unique theatrical experience as fringe theatre comes to Forfar. Support your local amateur theatre group and three local hostelries in an exciting new joint venture.

Awesome Aberlemno!
The Society was invited to provide a short programme of entertainment in Aberlemno Hall last Saturday (21st April), at an event to launch the Aberlemno website.

Firstly, we staged the sketch routine that was performed in Webster's Theatre, Arbroath for the Young Farmers cabaret event earlier in the year.  The sketches were well received and possibly worked better in the more intimate setting.  The performers on the night were Grahame Miller, Ewan Phillip, Graham Hewitson, Naomi Weir, Linda McLaren and Martin McKay.  The sketches were directed by Drew Barnett.  

The sketches were followed by a performance of Potholes by Gus Kaikkonen.  Directed by Ewan Phillip, this lovely little American play was also appreciated by the audience.  The performers were Chris Hewitson, Laurie Wilson, Ewan Phillip and Leah Gow.  Sound technican for the night was Elaine McEwan.

The whole evening worked very well and it is hoped that this may become an annual event.

RBS Invests in the Youth Theatre

RBS has awarded £250 to Forfar Dramatic Society’s Youth Theatre, to help fund its activities, including its current production of Alice in Wonderland.
The award has been made through RBS’s Community Cashback programme which was introduced as part of the bank's ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates. 
Through the award scheme the RBS helps community groups, schools and charities in which its staff make an important contribution in their own time. 
In this case, the member of staff concerned is Elaine McEwan, who volunteers with the Youth Theatre on a regular basis. Elaine qualifies for the award because she has given over 200 hours of her own time to the youth theatre in the last year.
That has involved her in supporting the group to stage the production “Forfar Tales” as a co-production with the adult club, as well as helping to film and edit “Think Global”.
“Think Global” is a film made by the Youth Theatre which examines the threat of climate change and how changes of lifestyle can reduce carbon emissions.  The film was funded as part of the grant of just over £18000 awarded to the Society from Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund to insulate their rehearsal hall.  You can see the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S9-LLyj96o
 
This is the second year that the Youth Theatre has been able to secure funding through the Community Cashback scheme.  Last year they also received funding which contributed to “Forfar Tales”, and the running of the regular Sunday night sessions.
 
Elaine is currently part of the team working on Alice In Wonderland.  This adaption of the popular novel will see the Youth Theatre use a variety of masks and puppets in an exciting new version of the story.
According to Elaine, it’s really exciting to be working on the project.  “It’s good to see the Youth Theatre doing something that will develop new skills.  They all seem to be really enjoy being part of the production.”
The award from RBS gives a considerable boost to the project. It will help to pay for the materials need for all the masks and puppets, as well as the other production costs.
Dramatic Society President Neil Paterson is delighted by both the injection of cash and the recognition of Elaine’s voluntary effort. “Our youth theatre relies heavily on volunteers” he said. “This award highlights the work they do and brings a tangible benefit to the youth theatre. Elaine is one of a team of volunteers who support the youth theatre and we’re grateful to all of them for their efforts.”
He added “The club as a whole is going through an exciting time at the moment as we continue to upgrade our premises, so remember to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Society!  Check www.forfardramatic.com, search for us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ForfarDramatic.”

Society Fundraiser - Ewan's bungee Jump!

Society member, Ewan Phillip, has agreed to do a sponsored bungee jump in aid of Society funds.  This should be a great boost in our drive to accumulate the necessary funds to continue with our clubroom improvements and realising our goal of creating a studio theatre in our East High Street premises.  Ewan will undertake the jump on Saturday 5th May at the Highland Fling Bungee, Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, Killiecrankie, PH16 5LG. If you would like to sponsor Ewan and help the Society in its fundraising efforts please email forfardramatic@live.co.uk and someone from the Society will be in touch to let you know how you can contribute.  We wish Ewan every success with the jump and hope he very much enjoys the experience.


No Spring Production

The Society would like to announce that their will be no main stage production this spring.  Due to difficulties in securing a venue, the Society has regrettably decided to postpone May's production of Off The Hook by Derek Benfield until November.  Despite this disappointing news, the Society is taking the challenge head on and hope to have some very positive news going forward.  Firstly, the renovation of our clubroom is now moving ahead significantly and the hope is that the November production can be staged in the East High Street premises. 
While Off The Hook has been put back until November, members will be heavily involved in forthcoming events.  There will be involvement in the Safe and Sound Event, Forfar Gala Day, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Event at Glamis Castle, an event to be held in Aberlemmo as well as the possibility of putting on a series of shorter plays in various venues around the town.  Watch this space for full details.
In addition to the above, the Society is of course still involved in the SCDA one-act play festival.  The Society will perform Tippers by Gillian Plowman in the Aberdeen Arts Centre on Thursday 22nd March.  Success will see the Society progress to the Scottish Finals in Stirling in April.

OFF THE HOOK in November

Autumn 2012 Production
The Society is delighted to announce that Off The Hook by Derek Benfield will be their autumn 2012 production.  This classic 1970's farce will be directed by Ewan Phillip, who last directed the Arther Miller classic Death of a Salesman, and will run mid November 2012.  Dates and venue to be announced as soon as practicable.

Festival Success

The Society was delighted to return from last weekend's SCDA One-Act Play Festival on a high, having been awarded the Kay Fleming Cup after gaining a creditable second place behind Carnoustie Theatre Club.  Tippers, by Gillian Plowman, was the play entered by the Society and the cast, comprising, Bill Atkinson, Bruce Martin, Ewan Phillip, Lesley Fraser and Kim Brown put on an assured performance which was highly praised by adjudicator Alisdair Hawthorn.  The play now goes forward to the Northern Divisional Finals to be held in the Aberdeen Arts Centre on the 22nd to 24th March.  Tippers, which is directed by Winnie Brown, will be performed on Thursday 22nd.   The teams placed first and second overall will progress to the Scottish Finals, which this year are being held in MacRobert Centre, Stirling on 26th to 28th April.  

Sketch Success
The short peice that the Society were asked to perform at the Young Farmers Caberet competition in the Websters Theatre, Arbroath last Saturday was very well received by a large and appreciative audience.  The peice was a fast moving series of nine short sketches previously aired on BBC television's The Sketch Show. 
The Society were grateful to Laurie Wilson for stepping in at the last moment to replace flu victim Naomi Weir.  Others taking part were Grahame Miller, Graham Hewitson, Ewan Philip, Martin McKay, Madelaine Simpson and Marley Laurie. The sketch was directed by Drew Barnett.

Busy Time!
The Society is having a very busy start to 2012.  Firstly, on Saturday the 28th January, we have been asked to provide a short entertaining piece at the Young Farmers Caberet Event in the Websters Theatre, Arbroath.  We are currently rehearsing some short comedy sketches for the event.
This will be followed by our annual Double Bill of one-act plays, to be held in the Clubroom at 132 East High Street, Forfar.  This year we are presenting Tippers by Gillian Plowman and a farce by Anton Checkhov called The Anniversary.  Both plays are sure to be entertaining in their different ways.  To reserve a ticket for the Double Bill, to be performed on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February, simply email forfardramatic@live.co.uk with your requirements.  Tickets are free although we will ask for a donation.

Black Comedy Success
The Society's recent run of the 1960's comedy, Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, was hailed a great success.  The audience reaction was extremely positive and the feedback received indicated that the vast majority of those who attended had a thoroughly entertaining evening at the theatre.
The cast, led by Ewan Phillip, in the role of the put upon Brindsley, all excelled in what was an extremely demanding and physical piece of theatre.
The Society are now looking forward to 2012 and hope to announce their two main stage productions early in the new year.
As always, the Scoiety would love to hear from anyone who wants to be involved.  On stage and off stage personnel are vital to the continued existance of the Society and the desire to keep live theatre performances in Forfar.  If you would like to be involved or find out more, email forfardramatic@live.co.uk.

2011-12 season
Tuesday 16th August, saw the first club night of the 2011-12 season take place...

Help to Local Groups
The Society is offering to help local groups explore ways of reducing their energy consumption. This builds on the work done to insulate our club rooms.

Climate Challenge Fund Films

The Society is delighted to announce that the recent upgrading work to insulate our clubrooms has now been completed.

As part of the process, two films were produced.  In the first, Society President Neil Paterson, takes you through the process of our clubroom insulation process and can be viewed by opening this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibva4JzWYe8

The second film was devised, scripted and performed by our Youth Theatre.  This film is entitled Think Global and can be viewed by opening this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S9-LLyj96o<BR>


Off the Hook
in November 2012

The Society is delighted to announce that Ewan Phillip will direct Off the Hook by Derek Benfield for their Autumn 2012 production.  The play is unlikely to be staged in the Lochside Leisure Centre and full details of the venue will be announced shortly. 

Off the Hook really is the classic 1970's farce.  Benfield was, for many years, an actor in Brian Rix's company which staged numerous farces in the Whitehall Theatre in London's West End, where he obviously learned his craft.  He took up writing during this period and continued to produce classic farces for many years.

When Harold Spooks is sprung from prison in order to tell the gang where in the hotel he stashed the loot, it seems that everything is going to plan. Unfortunately, he’s the wrong Harold Spooks and this Harold has no idea where the money is hidden. He’s also a bit of an idiot and liable to give the game away at any moment. Add a few wacky women - Norah, the man-eating manageress, Edna who is always interrupting, and the redoutable Mrs Fletcher-Brewer and you are in for a farce and a half!

The play will run in mid November and dates and venue will be published as soon as practicable.







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