A dramatic weekend

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Amateur actors livened up a February Friday night with three sparkling comedies.

The works created by three groups, during months of rehearsal, included a pure farce, a cerebral comedy and a perfect piece of slapstick.

Even the adjudicator Kevin Boland was a comedian, particularly as one player commented, at the end, from holding him back from a dram.

The following day it was the turn of a professional actor, Andy Paterson a former magazine editor, to spin his intriguing mystery 3,000 Trees.

Although his subject matter was deadly serious Paterson’s wry lines raised laughter and carried on the weekend’s theme

Paterson graduated from the Royal Conservatoire in 2011 and immediately found success with 3,000 Trees.

It would be interesting to know if he was aware that many in the back row of his audience had been performing themselves the night before.

To top off her weekend Martha Rennie, Madge from the award winning Accent Player’s cast on Friday night, scooped a bottle of whisky from a raffle at Paterson’s production on Saturday afternoon.