Arts / Local drama group lands ‘incredible recognition’ from national theatre organisation

The Calendar Girls learn about the 'wonder' of broccoli at their WI meeting.

ISLESBURGH Drama Group is celebrating after winning a national prize for its well-received production of Calendar Girls.

The amateur group received the president’s cup at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association AGM in Plymouth on Saturday.

The association is a national body representing amateur theatre with a membership of over 2,000 society members and over 1,000 individual enthusiasts staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes.

President Gordon Richardson said at the AGM: “Back in April I saw a wonderful production with inspired direction by a young woman who adds her heart and soul to everything she sets out to achieve.

“After an absence of two and a half years, the group performed the play in a small and remote theatre telling an inspired story. The play itself was tremendous, so much so I paid to go back the following night.

“As we entered the auditorium a flower was placed on each and every seat, alongside a message of hope, after such a dark time.


“That flower could be taken home and further inspire others. That flower was a sunflower. My President’s Cup for 2022 goes to Islesburgh Drama Group, director Stephenie Georgia and their production of Calendar Girls the play.”

Islesburgh Drama Group president Stanley Manson said: “This is incredible recognition from the national body and reiterates the strength of amateur dramatics in our islands and we must continue to champion and support this at the Garrison Theatre.

“Calendar Girls was a big production to return to the stage after the pandemic yet the public returned with anticipation for a sold out show. I would like to send my own congratulations to Stephenie, the cast, crew and production team on this award.”

Take a look at Shetland News’ review of Calendar Girls here.

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