We were at the other end of the entertainment scale yesterday. The Kirkie Players’ Turret Theatre in Kirkintilloch holds about 60 in a very-close-up performers/audience scenario. Having been going there for probably 20 years, we know and admire many of the actors quite well, and yet, the same suspension of reality is no-less astonishing than it was at the King’s Theatre.
Each of us knows that the script, emotions, sets, costumes, lights, background sounds, and the presence of a prompter are all artificial and yet the anticipation is always there. I certainly go to be entertained (whatever that exactly means) and amused and there are obviously enough like-minded people to fill the little auditorium on each performance. Considering that every-one here is unpaid and gives freely of their time and effort, they do a wonderful job.
The play was J.B.Priestly’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and so is well-known in the repertoire of drama clubs. It brings a problem for the Producer who must bring some form of fresh approach to prevent direct comparison to the ‘professional’ performances. Nothing ‘amateurish’ about Kirkie Players, however…..they make it seem so easy.
So, another production and performance of which all can be proud!