Winter Winners from Edinburgh’s Amateurs

February 24, 2010 | By More
Winners of the SCDA One Act heats announced
Lighting designer Gordon Hughes wins  Edinburgh Playhouse Spotlight Award

By Thom Dibdin

The Saint Serf’s Players, Livingston Players and Leitheatre ran out the winners at the Edinburgh and Lothians District heats of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s One Act Festival, held at St Serfs Halls last week.

The Saint Serf’s Players’ production of One Day I Met Myself Coming Home by Rebecca Russell won the Edith Forbes Trophy for first place as well as the Eric Bennett Trophy for Highest Marks for Production.

Left to right:- Derek Blackwood, set builder for Leitheatre (Stage Right) with the Bobby Watt Cup for Best Stage Presentation; Rosalind Becroft, director for Leitheatre (Stage Right) with the Ian Wishart Quaich for third place; Alasdair Hawthorn the adjudicator; Ron Cattell, director of St Serf's Players with the Eric Bennett Trophy for Highest Marks for Production and the Edith Forbes Trophy for first place; Lynne Hurst, director of Livingston Players with the Mrs Charles Rowland Cup for the Second placed team and the John McIntyre Trophy for Best Moment of Theatre. Photo: Jon Davey

Derek Blackwood, set builder for Leitheatre (Stage Right); Rosalind Becroft, director Leitheatre (Stage Right); adjudicator Alasdair Hawthorn; Ron Cattell, director St Serf’s Players; Lynne Hurst, director Livingston Players. Photo: Jon Davey

The Mrs Charles Rowland Cup for second place went to the Livingston Players with their production of Womberang by Sue Townsend, which was also awarded the John McIntyre Trophy for Best Moment of Theatre. Trifles by Susan Glaspell, presented by the Stage Right team from Leitheatre, received the Ian Wishart Quaich for third place as well as the Bobby Watt Cup for best Stage Presentation.

The three productions will now represent Edinburgh and Lothians in the SCDA Eastern Final at Bowhouse Community Centre, Grangemouth in March. The two top placed productions from Grangemouth will be in the Scottish Final, to be held at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on 22, 23 and 24 April. The winning play at Pitlochry will represent Scotland in the British Final which being held in East Kilbride this year, on 25 and 26 June.

Gordon Hughes is presented by the Playhouse Spotlight Award by last year’s winner, Douglas Currie. Photo: Jon Davey

Congratulations are also due to lighting designer Gordon Hughes who won the 2010 Edinburgh Playhouse Spotlight Award, presented in association with the Edinburgh Evening News. This year’s award recognised an outstanding contribution over the last 12 months in the world of Edinburgh amateur dramatics. Nominations for the £1000 award came from members of the public with the winner being chosen from a four-strong shortlist by a panel of experts.

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