Drama and intrigue comes to Argyll village halls

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Ever wondered how to earn easy money in Germany, what happens in the change-over between security guard and receptionist in a bath company, or what you’ll find in your kitchen if you return home unexpectedly during the day?

Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club will give some ideas when they present three short comedies by John Finnemore in village halls between June 18-22.

Red Handed, Hot Desk and English for Pony Lovers are plays from the Radio 4 series Double Acts, written by Finnemore – who is also well known for the Radio 4 shows Cabin Pressure, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme.

Set in a German Gasthaus, English for Pony Lovers tells the story of Lorna, a British girl trying to teach English to Elke, a middle-aged German chemistry teacher. As the story unfolds through a comedy of misunderstandings and garbled grammar, it seems both women have their own hidden agendas for the meeting and secrets they’d rather keep hidden.

This play was awarded first prize and the prize for acting at the Campbelltown Drama festival and was subsequently performed at the Scottish Community Drama Association divisional final in Castle Douglas. It was also awarded first prize at Appin Drama Festival but beaten into second place at the Lorn Drama Festival by another of the Finnemore Double Acts, Hot Desk.

Hot Desk concerns a security guard and a receptionist who both share the same desk in Willard’s, a company selling bathrooms. In the fleeting moments at the beginnings and ends of each day, the couple take their first, often comic, steps in their growing relationship, arguing over a broken chair and whose desk it really is. The play won the Lorn Drama festival and the adjudicator commented on “A fantastic response from the audience to what was a very funny script performed at a high level by two talented performers”.

The third play, Red Handed, features another employee of Willard’s, this time a sales rep, who has returned home early after some unpleasantness at work only to find an unknown man in his kitchen.

This play features father and son, Richard and Kevin Baker, who are more often seen singing and dancing in musicals performed by Spotlight.

The plays are being performed at 7.30pm on June 18, in Seil Island Community Hall, Kilmelford Village Hall on June 21 and the Victory Hall, Benderloch, on June 22.

Tickets are £7.50 / £6 (concessions) and are available on the door or can be reserved by calling 01631 770334.