High drama for local actors

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Amateur drama in the Galloway area is bouncing back this year with no fewer than nine plays from six different drama groups competing for the honours at the Stewartry District Festival in the Lochside Theatre in Castle Douglas, including Creetown making a welcome return.

This means there will be a three-night festival again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 21, 22 and 23. The adjudicator will be Michael Emans, making a return visit to the festival after a lively performance last year.

There are four plays looking for a place in the adult divisional final to be held this year at the Ryan Centre in Stranraer from March 21-23. Winners from the five junior plays compete in the next round on March 15 and 16 in the Eastwood Theatre in Giffnock.

Speaking after making the draw for the festival last week, chairperson Sarah Clements, welcomed the revival. She said: “It’s great to think there are nine plays in rehearsal right across the Stewartry just now, from comedy to high drama. The one-act festival provides an opportunity for people to try out something new and to get constructive advice on how to do better. Many pastimes seem to be in decline, but not drama in the Stewartry. So book the date now.”