More Festival Success
The Society had further success at the SCDA Divisional Festival, which came to a close last night, after three extremely enjoyable nights in Kirkwall.
The Society were awarded the Kennedy Thomson Quaich for best stage presentation for their performance of The Window Cleaner by Gillian Plowman.
Congratulations must go to all involved in what was a truly team effort.  The cast of Bill Atkinson and Kay Brown were ably supported by David and Mary Allen, who were responsible for set and costume, Douglas Watt for sound and Ewan Phillip for transporting the 'gear' to Orkney.  All this under the watchful eye of Director Winnie Brown.

The standard was extremely high from all nine clubs taking part, and the overall winners were Stromness Theatre Group who were awarded the Alex Drummond Trophy.  The Jess Milne Quaich for second place was awarded to Aberfeldy Drama Club with third place, and the Stonehaven Salver, awarded to Birnam Institute.

The long journey begins home begins today but the traveling and effort was certainly worth it for those who made the trip.

Festival Date

The Society are once again taking part in the annual SCDA One Act Play Festival. The two night event is being held once more in the Webster Theatre, Arbroath with the Forfar team opening the festival by presentingThe Window Cleaner by Gillian Plowman and take to the stage at 7pm on Friday 28th February.  The play is being acted by Kay Brown and Bill Atkinson with Direction by Winnie Brown. Stage Manager is David Allen.  Also taking part is Carnoustie TheatreClub, both adult and youth teams, along with Carnoustie youth team Stage Stars.  The adjudicator is Colin Peter.  The winning team will go forward to the Northern Divisional Finals to be held this year in the Orkney Arts Theatre, 27th to 29th March.

The Factory Girls
Strathmore Cricket Club is once again the venue for the Society’s forthcoming production of Frank McGuinness’s play, The Factory Girls, from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th March.  Originally scheduled to be staged in November 2012, the Society had to cancelthe production at short notice when the performing rights were withdrawn due to a professional tour in Ireland.  During that tour the script was updated and the Society are delighted that permission has nowbeen given to stage the play.
Written and set in 1982, The Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal.  The play centres on female solidarity and industrial unrest, after their bullish boss threatensthem with redundancy.  
McGuinness, whose mother and other female relatives worked in Donegal’s shirt factories, gives the women humour, anger and sharpness. It may be a fault in realistic terms that they all have the gift of the gab; most have a biting wit and the quality of thecrack is all the more enjoyable for those of us listening in.  The characters have tongues that could tar roads, with the language certainly that of the factory floor and the evening's chief pleasure lies in their workplace banter and bickering.   Dour marriages,tedious, repetitive tasks and low status pale into second place as the women learn to take strength from each other. There will be many familiarities that factory workers everywhere will recognise.
The Factory Girls is hugely enjoyable, funny and touching, and is sure to provide an excellent evening’s entertainment.
Tickets are priced at £10 with a concession costing £8 and this price includes refreshments.  The tickets are easily purchased via the
Society’s online ticketing system by clicking the link in the side panel on this page or by popping into the Box Office at the Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street, Forfar (closed Thursdays).

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