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From comedy to conflict, Lorn Drama Festival serves up full menu of plays

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THE 20th Lorn Drama Festival put on another fine programme of plays for the crowds at Oban’s Corran Halls last week. The festival put on three nights of live theatre for the audience’s enjoyment, from drama societies from Benderloch, Seil, Taynuilt, Dalmally and Accent from Campbeltown – but sadly not Lochgilphead Drama Club, which had to pull out due to illness on the Friday.

The last-minute replacement acts, which were not judged, included a humorous talk titled A Tale of Two Ships by the Oban War and Peace Museum’s Bill Leech, which ranged from stories of an escaped monkey in Benderloch to shipwrecks carrying 50,000 left-footed sandals.

Linda Robb performed a short comedy by Geoff Parker called ‘Is That You Clint?’ about meeting her heavy-breathing stalker, and Anuschka Miller performed her original story A Little Voice.

Vivienne Price, Kathleen Hannigan and Carol Thomson then read Robert Service’s poem The Haggis of Private McPhee, sent to the WWI soldier for a Burns Supper in his trench, before a German bomb blows it up, but the thought of the haggis drives a legless McPhee back to the line.

The festival featured seven plays, including Last Tango In Little Grimley by Dalmally and Lochawe Drama Group, and Tom Stoppard’s A Separate Peace by Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club. The festival’s adjudicator Dave Bennett praised the quality of all the performances, as did audience members.

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