Social programme

Summer into Autumn 2017

A. Theatre Outings

Performance One: Friday 4 August

‘Absurd Person Singular’ by Alan Ayckbourn
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 8.00 pm

Three ill-matched couples in three different kitchens over three horrendous Christmases. A hilarious wickedly comic masterpiece about suburban social ladder climbing and power described as one of the greatest plays of the last fifty years.

Peppered with horribly truthful, cringe inducing observations about marriage and status.

Pre-theatre dinner.

Performance Two: Saturday 19 August

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Double Bill
‘People’ by Alan Bennett 2.00 pm.

With a bath on the billiard table and a garden resembling a jungle, aristocrat and former model Dorothy Stacpoole faces a desperate situation whether to auction the historic contents of her family pile or hand everything to the National Trust. Enter Theodore, a producer of adult films, searching a period setting for his latest porn movie.

Hilariously entertaining yet strangely moving and touching storyline.

Opportunity for a short stroll before dinner at a Pitlochry restaurant.

‘High Society’. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. 8.00 pm.

This classic musical comedy full of romance and glamour features a large cast, fabulous swing band and some great hit songs – Who Wants to be a Millionaire? True Love and What a Swell Party This is!

Don’t miss the Scottish premiere of this witty, sparkling high energy production.

Names required no later than Monday 17th July

Performance Three: Friday 1 September

‘Mary Rose’ by J M Barrie.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 8.00 pm.

This eerie supernatural drama of youth, love and loss written in the aftermath of the Great War featured in PFT’s first ever season in 1951. Deft, thoughtful and heartfelt – a genuinely spinetingling chiller.

Pre-theatre dinner.

Performance Four: Saturday 16 September

‘What Shadows’ by Chris Hannan.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 2.00 pm.

Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ proved a polarising political speech and outstanding Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid brings to life one of Britain’s most infamous politicians in a searching performance hailed by critics in this Birmingham Rep Production.

Post-theatre dinner.

Performance Five: Saturday 11 November

‘The Monarch of the Glen’ by Compton Mackenzie adapted by Peter Arnott.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2.00 pm.

This hilarious 1930’s comic novel has been brilliantly adapted for the stage by the master of Scottish farce – an eagerly anticipated world premiere.

Pre-theatre buffet lunch.

Names required no later than Monday 14 August

Performance Six: Saturday 2 December

‘The Arabian Nights’ by Suhayla El Bushra
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh 2.00 pm.

Join us in the bustling bazaar of Old Baghdad for the sparkling adventures of Aladdin, Sinbad and Ali Baba plus mysterious genies, hidden treasure, wisecracking birds and a host of heroes and villains. Rich with suspense, enchantment and fun.

Post-theatre dinner.

Performance Seven: Saturday 9 December

‘Singing in the Rain’ adapted from the famous film musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2.00 pm.

This exuberant, funny, joyous and warm hearted story features all the songs from the 1952 MGM film including Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Mornin’, You Were Meant for Me and You are my Lucky Star. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a twinkle in your toes!

Pre-theatre buffet lunch.

Names required no later than Monday 30 October

B. Forthcoming Amateur Productions

‘Death by Design’ by Robert Urbinati.
Dunfermline Dramatic Society, 20 – 22 July in Carnegie Hall Annexe, 7.30 pm.
See recent email for further details.

Members are notified concerning diary dates via the SCDA monthly HQ Newsletter or by updates from Social Secretary.

Please keep us informed if you plan to attend any local shows.

C. Scottish Community Drama

13 September. Stirling District AGM. Venue to be announced. 7.30 pm.

4 – 6 November. National AGM Weekend. Featuring dinner, business meeting, Festival Forum and evening social function. Full programme and venue to be confirmed.

D. Club Calendar

6 August. Summer Barbecue at Elaine Payne’s house, 8 Melloch Crescent, Tillicoultry.
Treasure Hunt commences 3.00 pm. B.Y.O.B. Invitations being mailed shortly.

22 August. Annual General Meeting in Dollar Civic Centre. 7.30 pm.

19-21 October. ‘Curtain Up on Murder’ by Bettine Manktelow. Dollar Academy Studio Theatre 7.30 pm. Directed by Elaine Stark.
Rehearsals commencing soon.

Enjoy a great season of theatre!

Stephen Lambert
Social Secretary

Contact: 01259 742404 or 07873 349362
stephenlambert17@googlemail.com