Dramatic Dalintober debut at 70th festival

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Words and photographs by Mark Davey

Every actor in Dalintober Drama Club’s 21-strong cast added to this entertaining musical.

Adjudicator Jim Gibson, a former primary head teacher from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, praised Mystery at Magpie Manor’s 1920s style of music and the varied numbers.

He added a cautionary note to slightly shorten the length of the production and its sound offering.

Mr Gibson’s comment ‘I particularly liked the magpie costumes’ was well received by the ‘birds’ themselves, eagerly listening in the audience.

He added: ‘I really enjoyed Honey Devine – Isla Anderson – and for some weird reason she reminded me of Dolly Parton.

‘Having worked with this type of cast, I have to empathise with the director because to me dealing with these young actors on stage is a bit like herding cats.

‘The director Ciaran Norris did an excellent job. There were lots of other good parts of the production. I really liked the Charleston at the ball.

‘Perhaps the ending of the dance could have had a final flourish.

‘One really good piece of direction was the walk-down at the end with everyone on stage singing and moving and it showed how happy, relaxed and effective all the actors’ characterisations had been.’

The production will move to the youth district final at Stewarton Area Centre, Ayrshire, on Saturday March 23.

The full cast of Dalintober Drama Club’s production. 25_c09drama19_Dalintober_Drama_Club

Magpies circle the stage at the start of Dalintober’s production. 25_c09drama20_Magpies

Agatha Christie – Carys Martin gets down to some serious sleuthing at Magpie Manor. 25_c09drama22_Agatha_Christie

Utter shock as a crime is uncovered at Magpie Manor. 25_c09drama23_shock