Scilly’s Playwrights In The Spotlight This Sunday

one act play festival 2014The St Mary’s Theatre Club One Act Play Festival is being held once again this Sunday.

It’s the fourth year for the competition, where islanders get the chance to write a short, twenty to thirty minute play and have it performed as a rehearsed reading by Club members.

This year, four islanders have submitted work, including Gordon Bilsborough, Jenny Byers, Maggie Perkovic and Steve Sims.

Steve’s comedy, ‘Pop In If You Are Passing’ was awarded the Shirley Smith Trophy last year.

But organiser Jenny Byers is worried that a lack of actors on the islands could threaten the event in future years.

Jenny says the Theatre Club could soon be down to just three male actors, adding, “if you haven’t got the performers, you’re struggling.”

She says this is very different to her youth in Scilly, when it seemed like every house was involved with music or drama of some sort.

Jenny puts this down to more young people leaving the islands for their education and less interest from people moving here in the performing arts.

There’s obviously a demand for island-based entertainment, she says, because audiences for Theatre Club events are always good.

Some people even arrange their holidays around the performance dates, says Jenny.

One option could be to bring over mainland theatre groups to perform the plays in future.

TV scriptwriter Paul Dodgson is once again judging the plays this year and the audience also has an opportunity to vote for their favourite.

The One Act Play Festival is on Sunday 10th May at 2pm in the Church Hall. Tickets are £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for under 16s.

Refreshments will be provided by members of the Church to raise funds for their Flower Festival.