Am-dram is alive and well in Benderloch

There's Brass in Glass and Late Home were directed and stitched together by director Mike Rowell.

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A local drama club is calling out to budding thespians, or not, to get involved in its latest audio project.

And the group have already recorded two short plays to whet the appetite.

George and Val Hamilton play Hughie and Violet MacDougall in There’s Brass in Glass.

Recorded in their respective houses Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club members have released There’s Brass in Glass, a comedy suitable for all ages, telling the story of rural B and B owners Hughie (George Hamilton) and Violet (Val Hamilton) MacDougall and there run-in with unsuspecting American tourists Wayne (Stephen Day) and Mary-Lou (Ellie Cooper).

Written by Linda Robb for the stage a few years ago the 16-minute production has been adapted, directed and stitched together by director Mike Rowell and can be viewed on the Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club Facebook page.

This Saturday, March 20, the group will release its second offering.

Stephen Day and Ellie Cooper star in Late Home. Photograph taken before lockdown.

Late Home was written by Iain Crichton Smith for a creative writing workshop in the mid 1990s. It imagines a conversation between Ulysses (Stephen Day) and his wife Penelope (Ellie Cooper) after the former popped out to the Trojan Wars not to return until 20 years later.

In the meantime Penelope has been holding off prospective suitors by saying she will choose one of them as soon as she has completed weaving a shroud for Laertes (her father in law) but she has prolonged the process by weaving by day and un-weaving by night.

Both performances have been reimagined by the team and are set somewhere off the West Coast of Scotland.

Director Mike Rowell told us: ‘Doing the audio plays was just something we thought up to keep us ticking over until we open up again.

‘We have adapted them for the ‘radio’ to make them simpler to perform as we are all doing it remotely but it seems to work.’

The club are now looking for new members for their next productions.

‘We want to do more audio plays and if you are interested in taking part we’d be delighted to hear from you, regardless of experience,’ added Mike.

‘You don’t need be a member of the club and the advantage of remote recording is that you can be anywhere, so we are open to everyone, just message us on our Facebook page if you want to be in the next play.’

Having won the Kintyre Argyll District Festival in Campbeltown in Feb 2020, Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club’s performance of John Finnemore’s play Penguin Diplomacy has made it to the Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) National Finals. The event was due to take place in September in Orkney  – but may be moved to a more central location.