SCDA One Act results

February 21, 2016 | By | Reply More

All the winners and trophies

Three productions shared the seven main prizes in the Edinburgh District round of the 2016 SCDA One Act Festival, held at the Church Hill Theatre this week (Thurs 18 – Sat 20 Feb).

Overall winners were the St Serf’s Players with their production of Erica & Me by Alan Robinson, which saw Philip Wilson direct the comedy of a nerdy young man who hires an escort to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to impress his boss.

Erica & Me by Alan Robinson, performed by St Serf Players starring Charlie West, Derek Ward, Rona Arrnot, Vicki Horne, Lyndsey Spence.Sophie Williams and Fredericka Morrison

Erica & Me by Alan Robinson, performed by St Serf’s Players directed by Philip Wilson. Photo: Walter Hampson

Marks for the winners and runners up are scored by the adjudicator, who has a total of 100 marks available for each production under the headings of acting (40), production (35), stage presentation (15) and general achievement (10). This year’s adjudicator was Keith Thompson.

Besides getting the highest overall score, and thus the Edith Forbes Trophy, St Serf’s also got the highest marks for acting and received the Margaret Allan Quaich.

Getting the second highest overall marks, and the Mrs Charles Rowland Cup, were  Leitheatre – StageRight for their production of Michael Frayn’s 1991 play, Audience, which plays with the theory that the audience may be more interesting than what its watching.

Audience by Michael Frayn, performed by the third Leiththeatre team "StageRight". Directed by Phylliss Ross. Photo Walter Hampson

Audience by Michael Frayn, performed by the Leiththeatre team “StageRight”. Directed by Phylliss Ross. Photo Walter Hampson

The company also got highest marks for production and thus won the Eric Bennett Trophy, with Phyllis Ross directing a 13-strong cast.

Coming third overall was another Leitheatre group – the company put forward three plays to the competition. Leitheatre – Sunnyside staged The Flying Doctor by Moliere and won the Ian Wishart Quaich.

Matt Mason directed the seven strong cast and took the key role of Sgaranelle, the servant who also pretends to be his own twin brother, a doctor, in a tale of young love nearly thwarted. as the company also received the Bobby Watt Cup for best stage presentation.

They also got the Best Moment of Theatre award, for the “urine moment” in the play, according to this year’s three-strong emergency panel, made up of Stuart Mitchell of ETA and EPT, Morag Simpson BEM of Saughtonhall DG and Sarah Heney of MGA Academy.

The Flying Doctor by Moliere, performed by Leitheathre-Sunnyside, directed by Matt Mason. Photo Walter Hampson

The Flying Doctor by Moliere, performed by the Leitheatre team “Sunnyside”, directed by Matt Mason. Photo Walter Hampson

However, as only one production from a single company can go forward to the next heat in the competition, the production with the next highest marks will go through.

This means that the Grads will now replace Leitheatre – Sunnyside. The Grad’s production of JB Priestley’s The Rose and Crown was directed by Martin Foreman.

The next round of the competition is the Eastern Divisional Final, which will be held at the Lochgelly Arts Centre over the three nights of March 31 to April 2, 2016.

The winners and runners up from the Divisional final will go forward to the Scottish Final, which returns to the Church Hill Theatre, from April 21 – 23 2016.

The winners and their cups. Photo Walter Hampson

The winners and their cups. Photo Walter Hampson

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