One act play festival final

The UK’s top amateur drama groups are to converge on the Millennium Forum this weekend to battle it out for the most coveted national award in amateur drama, the British One Act Drama Festival title.

Over two nights the four amateur companies who have won the Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, regional finals for the best production of a One-Act play, will compete for the UK’s premier amateur drama award.

A very entertaining programme of plays are lined up and the performances will be judged by adjudicator, Tom Doherty of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, who will give a brief adjudication each night.

The 2011 UK title holders, Lurig Drama Group open the Festival tonight with “Duck Variations” by David Mamet - a subtle comedy with philosophical reflections on the life of a duck!

This will be followed by Scotland’s Atholl Players with Neil Simon’s “Visitors from London” featuring a hilarious wannabe star and hapless husband, awaiting their summons to the Academy Awards.

Tomorrow night it’s the turn of the Troupers drama group from Frome in Somerset who will perform the startlingly funny and deeply moving tale about living with a child with learning disabilities in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” by Peter Nichols.

The final play presented by Solva Dramatic Society, Wales is Stephen Bean’s entertaining comedy, “A Little Box of Oblivion” based on five characters’ obsession with the contents of a discarded box.

As part of the Festival there will be a free lunchtime event tomorrow at 2pm when a group of local amateur actors under the direction of adjudicator Tom Doherty will present a rehearsed reading of the winning script of the UK -wide, original One-Act Play Competition.