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3 May 04
Scottish Final One Act  Play Festival 

6th -8th May  2004  Eden Court Theatre,  Inverness at 7pm  Scottish Final One Act  Play Festival 
Tickets £9.00 from 1st  April at Theatre Box Office 01463 236234
Thursday 6th May 2004 at  7pm 
 Perth Drama  Club Two (an extract) by Jim Cartwright  Stewarton Drama  Group Murphy's Law by Harry Glass  Mercators The Cafe
by Neville  Watchurst 
Friday 7th May 2004 at  7pm 
Crossmichael  Drama Club Norman Is An Island (*) by MArk Rees  Buccaneer  Theatre Club A Dog's Life by Pam Valentine 
Wick  Players The Best Warm Beer in Brooklyn by Jason  Milligan
 Saturday 8th May 2004 at  7pm 
Tryst Theatre  Travels With My Aunt (Abridged) adpt. by Giles Havergal from G  Greene's Novel 
Kirkton  Players The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron  Studio Theatre  Group A Slight Ache by Harold 

14 March 04
Getting Ready For "Wedding Belles" By Wick Players On 1 April 2004
The ladies were trying out the dresses at Wick Old Parish church as they prepared for "Wedding Belles" the latest production by Wick Players.  With many wedding dresses and bridesmaids outfits as well as other clothes for the production the wardrobe department is gearing up for a busy night.  The production will be performed in the church itself lending an appropriate backdrop for this fundraising production aimed at boosting the coffers and raise money for the new premises recently purchased by Wick Players.  Dresses have been loaned for the production and includes the wedding dress of the late Lady Jessamine Harmsworth.

18 May 03
Wick Players Celebrate 70 Years

The assembly rooms had a big crowd in for a buffet dinner to celebrate 70 years of entertaining the people of the county.   With a number of readings, monologues, poems and a number of songs from Les Miserables to prove the wide range of talent they possess and show why over the years they have won so many competitions up and won the country.

29 April 2001
Yes, our local boys will be carting home the silverware from Falkirk
 where they once again won first place in the Scottish Community Drama final of One Act Plays, this time with their performance of 'A Bench at the Edge'. They go on to represent Scotland in Belfast at the British Finals in June. I hear that the team and their supporters are having a very modest celebration tonight in Falkirk

Out of over 200 teams who entered the SCDA One Act Play Festival in February
of this year Wick Players are once again Scottish champions. With their Play
"A Bench at the Edge" by Luigi Jannuzzi, a New York playwright, they won the
Scottish Final festival in Falkirk last Saturday night, the 28th of April 2001.
The team will go on to compete in the British Final Festival in Belfast
at the end of June against teams from England, Ireland and Wales.
For the past six years Wick Players have represented the Highlands in the
Scottish Final festival and in 1998 were Scottish and British Champions. Last
year with a different cast they were runners up in the Scottish Finals.

The team this year was:
Man one Kevin Farmer
Man two Andrew Craigie
Bullets Eric Farquhar
Derek Douglas
Director Donald Farmer
Stage manager Robbie Anderson
Lighting James Steven
Sound Gordon Beveridge
Make-up Kathleen Harper
Stage crew Peter Stewart
Alan Bruce

From John O'Groat Journal March 2001

Wick Players started in 1933 and apart from the war years has continued to perform plays, pantomimes and the odd musical.

Teamwork and entertainment are two of our main objectives, enjoying giving enjoyment to others and contributing to the good of the community.

Present active membership is 40 and associate membership is 120.

Office bearers and committee are elected for a two-year period and liable for re-election. New members are always welcome. New volunteers whether as actors, stagehands or for a whole range of interesting jobs can learn how an amateur but highly successful group works.

Further information can be had from the chairman or secretary. Membership for active or associate members is £2 per year from age 16. Those under age 16 are used in appropriate roles and are auditioned from local schools.

The Annual General Meeting is held in September each year. The season runs from September to May.

A few of the well known full length plays performed in recent years are as follows:

  • Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti
  • It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney
  • The Hypochondriac by Victor Carin adapted from Moliere
  • Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
  • The Steamie by Tony Roper
  • Rookery Nook by Ben Travers

Pantomimes -

  • Aladdin
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Mother Goose
  • And many more

Musicals –

  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baun
  • Pinocchio

In the mid thirties feeling the need for informed criticism we joined the Scottish Community Drama Association and have entered the One Act Play festival nearly every year. We have made eleven appearances at the Scottish Finals.

Being third in 1991 with "The Bet" by Miles Malleson winning the Jim Porteous trophy.. Also winning the Grampian TV trophy for the play with best décor

In 1998 we reached the peak of our success in winning the Scottish Final with "Lone Star" by James McLure. Awarded the much-coveted Wheatley Tassie.

Kevin Farmer
Andrew Craigie
Benny Douglas

Donald Farmer

Stage Manager
Ian Belford

This play went on to win the British final of One Act Plays. Representing our country and winning the British Final was an experience we will never forget.

Information from Susan Topping TEL 01955 603319