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No Summer Play for St Mary's Theatre Club

St Mary's Theatre Club will not produce a Summer Play this season for the first time in its 50-year history.

The group has been unable to use the Town Hall stage for two years, causing it to also cancel its last two pantomimes.

The recent departure of various longtime members of the Club has also had an impact, with regular actors, directors and backstage workers leaving the islands.

Theatre Club will instead hold various individual events, such as Sunday's sixth annual One Act Play Festival.​

Around 40 people gathered in the Church Hall to watch the four short plays, despite the glorious weather. The winner was The Twelfth of Never by Jon Mackenzie, a tear-jerking melodrama about a death in a loving family. ​

Other plays were written by Steve Sims, Maggie Perkovic and Jenny Byers. They were performed as rehearsed readings by Theatre Club members Tony Dingley, Gail Sibley, Maggie Dean, Becky Green, Linda Thomas and Tim Dean. Adjudicator Paul Dodgson said of the winning play: “It's a skilful writer who can kill off the main character and still leave you with a feeling that everything's alright."


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