SCDA One Act Details

Feb 24 2023 | By More

All the plays, all the companies

The Edinburgh district round of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s annual One Act Festival will play the Church Hill Theatre this week, with seven plays over two nights on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2023.

The performances are open to members of the public and give a good opportunity to see some of the best local amateur talent on stage. With three plays on the first night and four on the second, there is plenty of drama to enjoy, as well as appreciating the quality of the performances.

The Edinburgh district round the SCDA One Act Festival.

This year there are five adult companies taking part in the festival – Leitheatre is staging two plays – and one junior company, St. Kentigern’s Academy Youth Theatre.

Also taking part are the Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group and Edinburgh Theatre Arts, with Leitheatre’s Kirkgate company, on Friday. St Serf’s Players and Edinburgh People’s Theatre are joining Leitheatre (Sunnyside) on Saturday when St Kentigern’s will also be performing.

The Festival has been running since 1927 and sees amateur companies perform one-act plays in competition. Winners are decided by an adjudicator, this year Kate Stephenson.

The winners and runners up of this district round will go on to compete against Fife and Stirling districts in the Divisional finals at the Regal theatre in Bathgate on the 10th and 11th of March. The Scottish finals will be held at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling in May.

Doors open at 6.30pm on both nights, with curtain up on first play at 7pm. Audience members should make sure they are on time as there is no admission is allowed after a play has begun.


Church Hill Theatre 33 Morningside Road, EH10 4DR.
Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2023
Doors open 6.30pm, curtain up at 7pm both nights.
Tickets £11 for one night, £20 for both.
Youth and Blue Light tickets are £9 a night and £16 for both night.
Tickets will be available on the door or Book here.

Friday 24

The Infernal Serpent by David Gerow.
Performed by Leitheatre (Kirkgate).
Meet Adam and Eve: devoted snake rights activists who are getting nowhere. When a charming stranger arrives with radical ideas they are forced to decide how far they’ll go for their cause

Tunnel Vision by Sheila Hodgson.
Performed by Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group.
After a nice night out, Brian, Susan and her parents decide to take the tube home, only to find themselves stuck in an underground station, deserted but for teenager Liz. As they await the next train, an unsettling ghostly presence appears. As tension runs high, bickering increases and family secrets are revealed.

It Takes Two by Iain Robertson.
Performed by Edinburgh Theatre Arts.
It Takes Two by Iain Robertson follows the relationship of Gloria and Frank over multiple scenes and settings. Written and directed by one of ETA’s own members, this modern drama will debut at the SCDA Edinburgh district round.

Saturday 25

Everybody’s Dying To Meet You, by Alan Richardson.
Performed by St. Kentigern’s Academy Youth Theatre.
Sue and her three friends meet for occasional picnics at unusual locations. This time they find themselves surrounded by tombstones in a neglected Victorian cemetery… and it’s getting dark.

Socks by Rosemary Frisino Toohey.
Performed by St Serfs Players.
Left behind by careless owners, three socks and a leg warmer debate the existential realities. At least they’ve got a leg up on humans. Socks know how to pair up.

Tickless Time, by Susan Glaspell.
Performed by Leitheatre (Sunnyside).
What happens when Ian and Eloise decide to live in a “first-hand relation to truth” by building a sundial in their Provincetown garden? Published over 100 years ago this charming comedy stands the test of time.

The Book Club of Little Witterington, by Joan Greening.
Performed by Edinburgh People’s Theatre.
The regular ladies of the Book Club, all friends since school, are wary of letting a newcomer to the village join. But there’s more to Paula than meets the eye, and she may even have what it takes to get around the appallingly snobbish Belle.


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