Community Drama Opportunity at 2017 Festival

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This year the St Magnus International Festival is creating an exciting opportunity for some of Orkney’s community drama groups, producers and actors to showcase their work to a wider audience during the Festival.  The Festival wants to bring to the stage some of the wonderfully accomplished dramatic talent that performs year-round across the Orkney Islands to present a varied and exciting strand of work within the Festival’s main programme.

The Festival is offering lunchtime slots under the title A Play, A Pasty and A Pint for Orkney drama groups to present one-hour small-scale plays in an informal environment.  The work can range from serious drama to comedy but must be on a small scale in terms of its cast and production requirements.  Whilst lighting will be available, large-scale sets will not be possible.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to perform in these slots should get in touch with the Artistic Director, Alasdair Nicolson, via email or drop their idea into the St Magnus Festival office by Monday 13 March.

Proposals should indicate details of the play, rights to perform,the size of cast, the technical requirements and any other relevant information. The duration of the performance must be no longer than an hour.

Alasdair Nicolson said, “I’m delighted to create a broader opportunity for Orkney’s fine theatrical talent to showcase its work at festival time whilst also forging a new strand of work within the Festival itself.  Community drama has always been part of the picture and this series allows local performers to come forward with their own ideas. I’m very much looking forward to what emerges.”

The Festival's Community production of 'Long Strides' - The story of Dr John Rae.
For 2017 the focus will be on theatrical events on a small and intimate scale.

powerful, passionate and just exquisite and a fine example of the St Magnus Festival's effortless boundary-pushing at its best
The Scotsman

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