Kirkton Players finish second in Scottish Championship

I don't believe it...Richard Wilson with Kirkton Players stars
I don't believe it...Richard Wilson with Kirkton Players stars
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I DON’T Believe It was the cry of the Kirkton Players as they finished second in the Scottish Community Drama Championships in Orkney.

The Players performed Trip of a Lifetime in Orkney and wowed the audience which included Scottish Community Drama Association ambassador and One Foot in the Grave star Richard Wilson.

However, they had to play second fiddle to Kirkintilloch Players who took the top honours.

Despite finishing as runners-up, Kirkton Players president George Thomson was delighted with the weekend’s events.

George said: “Our play was very well received by the audience and we certainly weren’t too disappointed at finishing second.

“The audience in Orkney were absolutely fantastic and we all enjoyed our time up there. It was such a great weekend.

“The Orcadians were very hospitable and we enjoyed the fantastic scenery.

“We are all exhausted but it was definitely worth it.”

Trip of a Lifetime was directed by Margaret Smith and performed by George, Elayne Deary and Gerry Burns.

The play is a poignantly funny look at family life and the frustrations it brings, all brought to a head as recently-divorced Barry and his parents, Sheila and Norman, travel round the world on a family holiday.

Locals will be able to enjoy the play this weekend as the Players perform this Friday and Saturday in Kirkton Church Hall.

As well as Trip of a Lifetime, the group will also perform A Night Under Canvas by Lisa Hunt.

Directed by group president George and starring Mary Tweedie and Joan Sim, the piece follows two long-term friends, Val and Brenda, who are locked in a museum.

Kirkton Players will perform on Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, in Kirkton Church Hall. The show starts at 7pm on Friday and 4.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets, priced £7, are available from Gerry on 07818 018822, on the door, or email kirktonplayers@yahoo.com.