A busy year for Glenrothes playwright

Ron Nicol
Ron Nicol

This year is proving to be both busy and successful for local playwright Ron Nicol.

It started with his play ‘The Snow Queen’, an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story, clocking up its 100th world-wide appearance.

To recognise this feat, ‘The Snow Queen’ was made ‘Play of the Week’ by leading theatrical publishers Samuel French.

Ron’s one act plays have also been making an impact, with his comedy ‘Pig Tale’ competing in six drama festivals in Scotland and England nad picking up a total of 11 awards.

His youth drama ‘The Edge’, which deals with the difficult subject of teenage suicide, has also been the winner at two festivals.

The production is now the fifth of Ron’s plays to have won through to a Scottish National Youth Final.

At the moment though, Ron is busy directing a new comedy, ‘Flushed’, which will be performed in Leslie Town Hall on April 25.

He told the Gazette: “The play features Nikki Conn, Stephanie Childs and Anna Gorniak as three women trapped in a lavatory on a singles night.

“It was premiered by Glenrothes Theatre Company last October and has been accepted by Silvermoon Publishing for publication later this year.”

‘Flushed’ will share the evening with extracts from Ron’s Blandings-style ‘Tall Tales’ and several improvised comedy scenes from Norma Nicol’s youth team.

Ron added: “The show is being performed by arrangement with Leslie Community Trust, which contributes to the development of the town as a vibrant community through organising or facilitating community, cultural and family events.”

This is the theatre company’s first performance in the Town Hall and tickets for the show are available on the night.

The full Glenrothes Theatre Company will be performing Ron’s fun-filled family fantasy ‘Childe Rowland’ at Rothes Halls from May 29-31.

The business of actually writing plays is not taking a back seat however, as Ron’s adaptations of three Charles Dickens stories – ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘The Chimes’ and ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ – will be released next month by Spotlight Publications.