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South Hams drama groups come together in Dartmouth to showcase their talents

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

  • delightful: From left, Salcombe Players Tony Axtell, Lindy Sinnott, Nick Williams and Iain Dundas in Gosforth's Fete

  • comedy: Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic Society's Old Folks with, from left, Val Phillips, Mary Heywood, Jill Rowe, Mary Rimell and John Putt

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THE Dart Drama Festival 2012 is ready to step into the spotlight at Dartmouth's Flavel Theatre.

It takes place tomorrow and Saturday

With a change of scope over previous years, just four of the South Hams amateur drama groups are taking part in the two-day festival.

The festival, now in its sixth year, is a non-competitive and self financing community project and has received much acclaim and support from local people.

It was formed in 2007 to bring together the many and varied amateur dramatic groups in the area with the aim of showcasing their work and talent, and to give them the opportunity of performing to a wider audience in a professional theatre environment at the Flavel, which has been the festival's home since the beginning.

Taking part this year is Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic Society which starts the entertainment with a light hearted comedy set in a retirement home entitled Old Folks, by Archie Wilson.

Ditsum Players are performing a two-hander, Last Post which is a light drama from the Deckchairs series by Jean McConnell.

Another two-hander is coming by way of the Inn Theatre Company, well-known for its annual Dartmouth Shakespeare Week.

They are tackling a 1920 drama, A Matter of Husbands from the pen of Hungarian playwright, Ferenc Molnár.

In complete contrast, Salcombe Players, despite a year of bereavements and illness, have pulled out all the stops to present the delightful and fast moving comedy Gosforth's Fete from Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions series.

It starts at 7.30pm each night, when each of the four plays will be performed.

Tickets are available from the box office, call 01803 839530 or online at www.theflavel.org.uk

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