Dingwall Players

Dingwall Community Collage
Dingwall Player's production
Dingwall Players' production
Back row, l-r: ? ? Evelyn Wilkie, Jimmy ('Bobo') Mackay, (remainder unknown)
Middle row, l-r: ? ? ? Bob Wilkie
Front row, l-r: ? ? Eleanor Reid, ? , 'Mac' Conn
Dingwall Players production of A Quiet Weekend
Dingwall Players and Dingwall Academy performance of A Quiet Weekend,
produced by Hamish Fraser, Head of Primary Department, Dingwall Academy

l.-r. Eleanor Reid (Players), Margaret S Dougall (PT Art, Dingwall Academy), Evelyn Wilkie (Players), George Brett (Clerk, Education Office), Lucy Munro (Primary Department), Jerry Cotter-Craig (Forestry Commission/Players), Jean Lawson (Players), Robin S Kerr (Science, Dingwall Academy), Joan Cooper (Players), Bob Wilkie (Players), Marjorie ? (Dingwall Academy), 'Mac' Conn (Players)

Dingwall Players is a vibrant drama club which has, over the years, gained a reputation for producing quality entertainment. The present clubrooms are situated in the Old Academy, where they have been since the late 1970s.

Dingwall Players was formed in 1949, when there were 39 members. In the period up to 1960 the Dingwall Players appeared in the Scottish Finals of the SCDA's One-Act Play Festival four times. In 1982 the Dingwall Players gained third place in the Scottish Finals with Act One of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, and have won accolades for technical expertise, winning stage presentations awards frequently.

The Club usually performs at least one full-length play every year and offers family entertainment at the Christmas season. The pattern for Christmas shows was set in 1978 with a production of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The cast list shows 37 names on stage and a backstage crew of 19. The success of this led on to the staging of traditional pantomines, involving up to 80 people, both on stage and offstage. The profits from these shows have been used to finance the rest of the year's activities.

The Club also organises Theatre Workshops and Olde Tyme Music Halls and started the Dingwall Folk Club.

Dingwall Players Drama Club is a club that has been successfully producing many aspects of live theatre for 50 years. It is a vibrant, community-based drama group which combines enthusiasm with expertise to stage quality productions under difficult circumstances, viz,.the lack of suitable performance venues and of clubroom premises, including storage accommodation.

Dingwall Players' production of the Wizard of Oz.
Dingwall Players' Production of The Wizard of Oz, December 1999

[Alexander Glass, 2003]

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