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Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club are returning to the stage with a triple bill of John Finnemore Double Acts at the end of April in Appin and Ballachulish.
After a break in performances of over two years, the club is presenting these one-act comedy dramas to get audiences back into live theatre.
Following the success of a village hall tour of three other plays from the Double Acts series in 2019, the club is presenting The Rebel Alliance, A Flock of Tigers and WYSINNWYG in Appin Village Hall on April 29 and Ballachulish Hall on April 30.
The Rebel Alliance is a conversation between Eileen and a rather worse for wear Lizzie at a wedding reception as they sit at table 25, the one in the corner, at the back. They hatch a plan, but will it succeed?
WYSINNWYG is set in the sales department of Willard’s, a company making and selling baths where new employee, Kerry, is trying to learn the ropes from her less than co-operative boss, Adele.
A Flock of Tigers, co-incidentally features one of the founders of Willard’s, Edmund Willard, and an enlightening conversation he has with his travelling companion in the carriage of the 11:14 from Paddington to Worcester in 1934. A Flock of Tigers was shortlisted for Best Scripted Comedy Drama in the BBC Audio Drama Awards.
The plays were originally broadcast on Radio 4 as part of John Finnemore’s Double Acts and featured the vocal talents of Alison Steadman, Isy Suttie, Celia Imrie, Tamzin Outhwaite and the late, great Una Stubbs.
This amateur production was adapted for the stage by the club and will feature some well-known local talent.
John Finnemore is also well known for the Radio 4 comedy shows, including Cabin Pressure, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme and writing for That Mitchell and Webb Sound and The Now Show.
This amateur production will begin both nights at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and £6 for concessions and are available at Port Appin Stores, The Ballachulish Tourist Information Centre, on the door and online through the Benderloch & North Connel Drama Club Facebook page or by searching Benderloch in Ticketsource.
Benderloch & North Connel Drama Club was founded in 1955 and although it has its club hut at Benderloch has members from all around the Oban and North Lorn area.
The club produces pantos, one act plays and occasionally full-length plays. It regularly wins top prizes Campbeltown Drama Festival, the Lorn Drama Festival and The North Lorn Drama Festival with both senior and junior plays.