Master of the pen wins more plaudits

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A LESLIE playwright is celebrating after chalking up another batch of stage successes.

Drama groups all over Scotland have been competing in the Scottish Community Drama Association’s one-act play festivals.

Entrants participate in their own districts, with successful groups progressing to open, or youth divisional finals and winning team from these go through to the national finals.

Plays written by award-winning Ron Nicol are frequently performed at these festivals and, over the last nine years, have featured in ten divisional and three Scottish youth finals.

Now, for the third time, his plays will feature in two of the four divisional finals in the same year.

What is perhaps his best-known play, ‘Beware The Jabberwock’, won the youth award at Stirling District Festival for Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society.

Peninver Players Juniors took a similar award at the Argyll Kintyre Festival with his comedy ‘The Wise Villagers’, completing a hat-trick for the company which had won the prize in the previous two years, with other plays written by Ron.

‘The Wise Villagers’ will now be performed at the Western Youth Final at Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre and ‘Beware The Jabberwock’ at Eastern Youth Final at Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre.

“Glenrothes Theatre Company premiered ‘Beware The Jabberwock’ in 2007 and performed it again at Rothes Halls last year,” said Ron.

“Since being published in the United States in 2009, the play has also been a great success, with productions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Tennessee, Connecticut and Maine.”

Later this year, Ron’s latest one-act play will be released by leading theatrical publisher, Samuel French.

‘Primrose Way’ tells the story of an aging actress who re-traces her theatrical career, reminiscing about her ambitious mother and her enthusiastic youthful self, finally realising that there’s nothing really valuable in her memories after all.

Written to be performed by three women, the play has been described as being “ideal for festivals.”

MIKE DELANEY