Plockton’s amateur dramatists compete in Scottish final

While Plockton’s amateur dramatists returned from the Scottish final of the One-Act Play festival without any silverware they were able to sign up a famous face to support community drama.

As winners of the Highland heat of the Scottish Community Drama Festival, Plockton ADS presented Jimmie Chinn’s ‘A Respectable Funeral’ at the national final in Orkney last weekend. Also representing the Highlands were the Dingwall Players with ‘The Rape of Bunny Stuntz’.

A total of eight teams from across Scotland competed and the Kirkintilloch Players with ‘Her Slightest Touch’ by Toben Betts was declared the winner, earning a place in the British final. The Kirkton Players and the Fintry Players were runners-up.

Plockton ADS director Gill James said: “The outstanding memory of Orkney will be their welcome and enthusiasm for amateur stage and their overriding support of Scottish community drama.”

Gill Coe and Gill James pictured with actor Richard Wilson
Gill Coe and Gill James pictured with actor Richard Wilson

While at the festival Gill and her fellow Plockton ADS member, Gill Coe, staffed a stand encouraging members of the public to sign up to be a patron of SCDA — including one familiar face.

Mrs Coe explained: “We managed to collar Richard Wilson who is actually honorary president of the Scottish Community Drama Association and is very supportive of both adult and youth community drama. Indeed, that is how he started his career in acting with Greenock Players.”