A wonderful life for dramatic society

The cast of 'It's a Wonderful Life' during rehearsals for this week's production at the Strathmore Cricket Club.
The cast of 'It's a Wonderful Life' during rehearsals for this week's production at the Strathmore Cricket Club.

Forfar Dramatic Society’s production of a radio version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ opens in the Strathmore Cricket Club tonight (Wednesday).

It runs until Friday with a start time of 7.30 p.m.

If you love the Christmas classic, don’t miss the chance to see this novel production by Tony Palermo.

Basically, the audience is watching a group of actors performing the play in a radio studio for a live broadcast. Not only do we see the actors deliver their lines, the audience also sees the production crew produce all the necessary sound effects – a performance in itself.

Based on a short story by Philip Van Doren, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ tells the story of George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others. Contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve brings George into contact with his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody, who goes on to show George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his home community of Bedford Falls, New York, would have been without his intervention.

Although not a huge box office success, following the film’s release in 1946, it has gone on to become a Christmas classic and is shown on television screens worldwide over the festive season.

The society is back at the Strathmore Cricket Club following its successful visit for ‘Lilies on the Land’ last month.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ gives the society the opportunity to present a play in a different acting style, with the emphasis on words rather than pictures and action.

This is a different challenge for the society members who are confident that the audience will enjoy the final product.

Tickets costing £10 for adults and £8 for concessions (includes seasonal refreshments) are available from the Society website www.forfardramatic.com or in person from The Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street, Forfar (closed all day Thursday).