Dramatic Society serves up a play, a pie and a pint

IN an exciting new initiative, you can see four plays in three days on May 23, 24 and 25 as Forfar Dramatic Society presents its Play, a Pie and a Pint tour.

Over these three days the Society is inviting you to join them on a visit to The Osnaburg Bar, Strathmore Cricket Club and the Vine and Monkey. At each venue, you will be able to savour a drink, have something to eat and enjoy one of the plays that makes up this short season of theatre.

The tour opens on Wednesday, May 23 at the Osnaburg with a performance of Two, by Jim Cartwright. This comedy is the ideal choice for presentation in a pub, because that is where the action takes place. Two is set in a pub and the storyline gives you the opportunity to meet the landlady and landlord, whose lives revolve around the running of the establishment. They met there, celebrated their marriage there and eventually achieved their ambition of living and working there. But did it live up to expectations, or will it be where their relationship ends?

The play also introduces the pub regulars; a cross-section of residents in the town – all of whom have their own reasons for visiting the pub and different stories to tell.

Next stop on the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour is Strathmore Cricket Club on Thursday May, 24 when drink will again be at the heart of the entertainment offered by Compton McKenzie’s Whisky Galore.

The well-known Scottish novel has been adapted for performance as a radio play and a small company of actors will bring its many characters to life.

Whisky Galore is set on the island of Little Toddy during the Second World War. Tragedy strikes the island when the supply of whisky runs out and there is no prospect of it being restored until the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground just off-shore. Will the islanders be able to rescue its cargo of whisky? And will they be able to conceal their contraband from the man from the revenue?

This gentle and delightful comedy is set in convivial surroundings and is one that you wouldn’t want to miss.

There are two plays on offer at The Vine and Monkey on Friday 25 May.

First on stage is Three Men and a Boat, to be followed by an American play Potholes.

Three Men and a Boat is Jerome K Jerome’s tale of three old friends from London who decide to take a trip in a rowing boat up the Thames. It is a charming, gentle tale which cannot fail to make you smile. Pubs may not be at the centre of this story, but they certainly play a part

Potholes is set in a New York café one lunchtime and focuses on conversation and relationships. Once again Potholes is almost guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and remind you of conversations and situations in your experience.

The Play, a Pie and a Pint tour is an ambitious undertaking by Forfar Dramatic Society and is taking place at a time when the group is already very busy.

The Society’s main priority for 2012 is to convert its East High Street premises in to a performance space. This is a long held ambition for the group and this year they have decided to turn good intentions in to reality. Work is already well underway, with an insulation project completed, some upgrades to the committee rooms on schedule for completion in May and plumbing, electrical and decoration work planned for the summer months.

The Society did consider taking a break from performing while all this work progressed, but at the end of the day – members of the Society joined because they want to perform and the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour offers the ideal vehicle. It allows the actors to act, but without all of the additional work in putting on a main stage production at the Leisure Centre.

You can join the actors on the Play, a Pie and a Pint tour in several ways. You can follow the full tour by purchasing a season ticket for £20. There is a two night ticket available at £14 and a single performance is priced at £8.

All of the tickets include, unsurprisingly, a drink and a pie. There is a £2 reduction on these prices for concessions. All performances start at 7.45pm with your pie and pint served from 7.15pm. Alternative food and drink will be available.

Tickets can be obtained in a number of ways. They are available from the Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street; rom members of Forfar Dramatic Society, by emailing the Society at forfardramatic@live.co.uk. There is a link to this address on the Dramatic Society’s website at http://www. forfardramatic.com

So, don’t miss out on this unique theatrical experience as fringe theatre comes to Forfar. Support your local amateur theatre group and three local hostelries in an exciting new joint venture.