Theatre group to represent Scotland

The Kirkintilloch Players will represent Scotland at the final of an amateur drama festival after coming out on top at the Scottish final in Orkney.

They performed ‘Her Slightest Touch’ by Torben Betts and beat eight other teams to take home the Wheatley Tassie trophy which was presented by Richard Wilson.

The Scottish actor, well known for playing Victor Meldrew in BBC comedy ‘One Foot in the Grave’ is honorary president of the association and handed over the top prize to local amateur drama enthusiasts in Orkney last month.

Keith Robinson, of the Kirkintilloch Players, said: “We were in rehearsal since January and we had to go through the heats to make it to the final. The final was during term time so there were only seven of us able to go.

“We go to the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell to compete against England, Wales and Northern Ireland and because this one’s in the summer and out with term time we’ll be getting a lot of support from our members.”

The team also came home with awards for best direction and best stage décor but made sure they had time to take in their surroundings on the island.

“We were there from Wednesday to Sunday and we had a great time. We were one of the first to arrive so we did have some free time to do some sightseeing.” He said.

Kirkintilloch Players head to the British Drama Festival Association Final and will once again perform their award winning rendition of ‘Her Slightest Touch’.

The play is about a man who finds himself looking to a younger woman for company after his wife goes into a care home.

The final takes place on July 3 and 4.