Nine for One Act Fest

Feb 13 2017 | By More

85th SCDA One Act Fest kicks off  this week

New writing and modern classic scripts will be on display this week up at the Church Hill Theatre at the 85th Scottish Community Drama Association festival of one act plays.

The Edinburgh Division heats of the One Act competition will be held over three nights, Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 February 2017, with six local companies presenting a total of nine plays. Curtain up for the first play is at 7pm on each night.

The Cast of Sparkleshark from Indelible Arts. Photo Indelible Arts

This year sees the inclusion of two groups that are new to the competition, each performing two plays. One of these, Indelible Arts, will be competing in the youth section of the competition, while Caveat Theatre will be staging the world premieres of two plays written by company member Jean Dallman.

Indelible Arts Youth Theatre’s North Berwick branch will be performing Philip Ridley’s Sparkleshark on Thursday evening, while the company’s Haddington group will be performing Jim Cartwright’s Mobile Phone Show on Saturday.

The Caveat plays are End Game on Thursday and Piece of Cake on Friday. Leitheatre is also putting two plays forward for the competition. Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby will be performed by the Sunnyside group as the opening performance on Thursday with Evelyn Hood’s A Wake For Donald by the Kirkgate group closing the competition on Saturday.

Getting along

Three companies are putting forward one production each. The Grads will be performing Contractions by Mike Bartlett on Friday, when the Penicuik Community Theatre Group will be staging Tony Layton’s The Ladybirds. Edinburgh Makars will be staging Getting Along by Charles Mander on Saturday night.

Be My Baby from Leitheatre will open the competition. Photo Leitheatre.

The adjudicator will be Scott Marshall from Northern Ireland,  a former actor, drama tutor, prizewinning director and playwright.

Marshall is well known as an international adjudicator, in a role that has seen him adjudicating no fewer than seven British All-Winners Finals, three All-Ireland Athlone Finals, four British One Act Finals, three English Finals and twice each at the the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Finals.

As a writer, he has had many successes with both full length and one-act plays. Recently, his one-act play The Martha Syndrome was performed at the 2016 British Final in Swansea.

Tickets are available to the public for all the performances priced £11 a night with a discount price of £27 for all three nights. They are available through the SCDA’s website:


85th SCDA National One Act Play Festival – Edinburgh District Heats
Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, EH10 4DR
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 February 2016
Evenings 7pm.

Thursday 16 February 2017
Leitheatre Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington
Caveat Theatre – End Game by Jean Dallman
Indelible Arts Youth Theatre (North Berwick) – “Sparkleshark” by Philip Ridley

Friday 17 February 2017
Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group – Contractions by Mike Bartlett
Caveat Theatre – Piece Of Cake by Jean Dallman
Penicuik Community Theatre Group – The Ladybirds by Tony Layton

Saturday 18 February 2017
Indelible Arts Youth Theatre (Haddington) –  Mobile Phone Show by Jim Cartwright
Edinburgh Makars – Getting Along by Charles Mander
Leitheatre (Kirkgate) – A Wake For Donald by Evelyn Hood.

The cast of The Ladybirds from Penicuik Community Theatre Group. Photo PCTG


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  1. Susan wales says:

    Thank you – very much. You’ve picked up the relevant pointers perfectly.