25th September 2016
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High standard continues in county drama festival

There may be worries over the future of Lerwick’s Garrison Theatre but that did not affect another memorable Shetland County Drama Festival.

The event reached its conclusion last night with the final performances and the awarding of trophies by visiting adjudicator Paul Dougal.

The overall winning play in of this year's festival was Playing With Daisy, which picked up four awards. From left: Stephanie Pagulayan, Stanley Manson and Donna-Marie Leask. Photo: Dave Donaldson

The overall winning play in of this year’s festival was Playing With Daisy, which picked up four awards. From left: Stephenie Pagulayan, Stanley Manson and Donna-Marie Leask. Photo: Dave Donaldson

The overall winning play this year was Playing With Daisy, produced by festival stalwart Stanley Manson.

As well as being chosen as overall winner, the play picked up the award for best set and open section winner, while the best individual performance award was shared by Stephenie Pagulayan and Donna-Marie Leask.

County drama group president Izzy Swanson said she was extremely pleased with the outcome of the festival, especially the amount of interest it generated in younger people.

“I think it was a particularly excellent drama festival,” she said. “The standard this year was particularly high.

“It’s also lovely to see the constant flow of people enjoying community theatre and long may it continue.”

Ms Swanson said the Garrison was “pretty much packed” on each of the four nights. Wednesday and Thursday were completely sold out and it was also very busy on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

She added: “Often the reason the building is very busy is the [number] of young people coming into perform and see others performing.

“It’s really exciting. It sets them on the path towards community drama in the theatre.”

On the continuing uncertainty, with some questioning Shetland Arts’ commitment and willingness to support the Garrison, Ms Swanson added: “Apparently a letter was sent out about the future of the venue. But unfortunately I never saw that letter so we are just waiting to hear more.”

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Jim Tait is news editor at The Shetland Times.

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