Festival to flaunt dramatic talents
THE annual One Act Festival of Plays returns to the Erin Arts Centre with a whole array of Manx talent next Thursday (February 14).
The Port Erin festival often includes some off island drama groups but this year’s three-day MADF (Manx Amateur Drama Foundation) event, sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council, is an all-island affair.
Eight groups, including three youth teams, will battle it out to win 12 trophies, including the Northern Arts Rose Bowl for Best Play. MADF president Olga Gray urged: ‘Please join us for three days of whirlwind activity that features enthusiastic and talented artists from all over the Isle of Man. You will enjoy a daring, imaginative and diverse collection of one act plays. The festival offers a really affordable and enjoyable way to experience the pulse of the Manx drama scene.’
The trophies will be awarded at the end of the final night. The adjudicator Mike Kaiser (GoDA) will also judge the first round of Young Actor of Mann on the Sunday.
Each evening begins at 7pm. Tickets are £8 (students £1) and available on the night or from the box office on 832662. Visit www.madfest.im
Thursday, February 14
• Hog the Limelight present The Ginger Men by Roy Clarke.
Open All Hours’ s-s-s-tuttering Yorkshire shopkeeper, Arkwright, alternately aided and impeded by his ‘errand boy’ G-g-granville, finds ingenious and devious ways to solve the problem of being overstocked with Jamaican Ginger Cake.
• The Legion Players present Kecks by John Chambers.
Karen and her mother Petula are in an exclusive lingerie shop, preparing for Karen’s wedding night (with adult content).
• Rushen Players present The Reluctant Witnesses by Les Clarke.
A number of people who witnessed a terrorist bomb scare are assembled in a police interview room.
Friday, February 15
• Broadway Theatre Company, Youth Group present After Midnight Before Dawn by David Campton.
Six characters awaiting death, having been sentenced for witchcraft in the late 1600s/early 1700s.
• Stage One Drama School present The Chrysalids adapted by David Harrower from the novel by John Wyndham.
A group of young people living in a post holocaust world who have the power to communicate telepathically.
• Freelance Players present The Sky is Overcast by Anthony Booth.
During the German occupation of France in 1943, Max Benoit, a member of the Resistance, and his family struggle to overcome the hardships and danger they face.
Saturday, February 16
• Rushen Players present The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard. Following the actions of two theatre critics watching a ludicrous set up in the style of a whodunit.
• Service Players present Taking Stock by Rob Johnston.
Five women meet in the staffroom of the supermarket where they all work. One of them will receive disturbing news about her daughter but is comforted by the friendship and understanding of her friends (with adult content).
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