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SCDA 1-Act Festival Photography

I have been involved with SCDA Edinburgh District since 2010. I was invited to take photos of dress rehearsals.  Those days are now past, I know get invited to take shots during the actual performance.  Mind you it took some time for the actors to get used to this – they kept expecting to see flash and hear the camera shutter click.   I started off bu using a Canon 5DmkII fitted with the a Canon L 2.8 70 – 200 zoom along with a Nikon D700 fitted with a Sigma f.28 70-200 zoom.  After the Nikon went to the camera scrapyard I used a Pentax K5-Ii with Sigma f2.8 70-200 zoom.  I now use a Pentax K-1 with said Sigma lens.

This year’s Edinburgh District round had some challenging lighting in the plays – however before I start on that I better explain about the SCDA 1-Act Festival.

SCDA – Scottish Community Drama Association (also known as Scottish Community Drama) have been running this festival for 86 years (there was a break during the 2nd WW years) Scotland is divided into four division which are further divided into Districts.  Each District holds a 1-Act Festival and (usually) the First and Runners up progress to the Divisional Final and in turn two from Division progress to the Scottish Final.  The adventure does not stop there as SCDA is part of a UK Festival the winning team from Scotland compete with teams from England, Northern Ireland and Wales to win the British Final hosted in rotation by Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.  Plays must run between a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 55 Minutes (Scotland).

Back to this years Festival.  Edinburgh open the season (so to speak ) with their round at Church Hill Theatre on the 15th February.  Nine plays from six clubs (Three clubs had two teams)  Three teams would progress to Eastern Division Round.

Thursday 15th February

2018 Edinburgh District - EGTG 2 - A Number

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group Team 2 with Caryl Churchill’s “A Number”

2018 Edinburgh District - The Livingston Players (SCIO)

The Livingston Players (SCIO) with Tim Whitnall’s “The Sociable Plover”

2018 Edinburgh District - Twilighters

Twilighters with Peter Quilter’s “Blind Date”

Friday 16th February

2018 Edinburgh District - Leitheatre (Sunnyside)

Leitheatre (Sunnyside) with David Campton’s ” After Midnight Before Dawn”

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh Makars B

Edinburgh Makars B with David Tristram’s ” The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish “

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh People's Theatre

Edinburgh People’s Theatre with David Tristram’s ” Last Tango in Little Grimley”

Saturday 17th February 2018

2018 Edinburgh District - Leitheatre (Kirkgate)

Leitheatre (Kirkgate) with James Beagon’s “First Class”

2018 Edinburgh District - EGTG 1

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group Team 1 with Glen Mhor’s “Ram in the Thicket”

2018 Edinburgh District - Edinburgh Makars A

Edinburgh Makars A withPaul Bovino’s ” Gino of the Lamp “

 


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20170708 – British 1-Act Open Festival Final

Belfast Hosts 84th British Festival Final 8th-9th July 2017

The time had come for the four champions to meet for the title of  British 1-Act Champions. Four clubs would fight it out to be crowned the British Champions.  These teams had survived from District > Divisional>Country and now going head to head at the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) Theatre, Belfast.  The festival would be over two days and Walker Ewart, a well respected Adjudicator would be landed with the task of picking the overall Festival Champion . Teams from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England were ready to give the best performance to win the coveted Howard de Walden Trophy. I was asked to be official photographer for the event.  The festival would be over two days with the presentation of the trophy at the end of the festival.

Northern Ireland – Bangor Drama Club: The Galway Girl by Geraldine Aron

Bangor Drama Club opened the 84th 1 Act British Final on 7th July 2017 with Geraldine Aron’s “Galway Girl”. Two actors portray marriage between two different classes through the years using  a small set.

(1) Galway Girl – Bangor Drama Club

(1) Galway Girl  – Technical details: Pentax K-1, Sigma f2.8, 70-200 mm Zoom @ 180 mm,  Shutter 1/30th sec ISO 3200

 Scotland – Aberfeldy Drama Club: Ring Road by Anita Vettese

Set in a run- down hotel.  Lisa whose marriage to Paul was breaking down over their inability to have children had arranged to meet Mark, her brother in law with a view to getting her pregnant.

(2) Ring Road – Aberfeldy Drama Club

(2) Technical details: Pentax K-1, Sigma f2.8, 70-200 mm Zoom @ 200 mm,  Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 3200

The completion of the Aberfeldy play signalled the end of the competition for that night.

Civic Reception: Belfast City Hall.

Saturday saw the clubs and representatives of the 4 nations at a Civic Reception hosted by Belfast City Council.  The guest of Honour was Dame Mary Peters CH, DBE and a former Lord Lieutenant of the City of Belfast.

(3) Walker Ewart (Adjudicator), Mary Peters, President of AUDF and the High Sheriff of Belfast

(3) Technical details: Technical details: Pentax K-1, Sigma 150-200 mm Zoom @ 35 mm, f2.8,  Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 400

England – Total Arts Community Theatre: Lear’s Daughters by Elaine Feinstein & the Women’s Theatre Workshop

Total Arts Community Theatre presented Lear’s Daughters by Elaine Feinstein & the Women’s Theatre Workshop opened the second night of the festival.

(4) Total Arts Community Theatre: Lear’s Daughters

(4) Technical details: Technical details:Pentax K-1, Sigma 150-200 mm Zoom f3.2, Shutter 1/160th sec ISO 3200

Wales – The Unknown Outcasts: Future Shock by Richard Stockwell

The Unknown Outcasts: Future Shock by Richard Stockwell

(5) Technical details:Technical details: Pentax K-1, Sigma 150-200 mm Zoom @ 180 mm, f2.8,  Shutter 1/125th sec ISO 3200

Presentation of Howard de Walden Trophy

Walker Ewart (Adjudicator) had the daunting task of  marking these four plays, not an easy task.  The final decision made and the All British Champion of the 2017 Open 1-Act Festival was:

 

 

Total Arts Community Theatre


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20170617 – Scottish Youth Festival Final

Scottish Youth Festival Final

Regulars readers will recall that my partner, Susan is heavily involved in the Am-Drama scene in Scotland.  She holds the Posts of

  1. Edinburgh District Secretary
  2. Eastern Divisional Secretary
  3. Member of the SCDA Scene Magazine Committee
  4. Member of the Festivals Committee

SCDA – Scottish Community Drama Association more commonly called, SCDA or Scottish Community Drama hold an annual Youth Drama Festival (1-Act Plays)  and an Open Festival.  In both festivals clubs enter at district level and winners go onto Divisional level.  Winners from Divisional finals go to the Scottish final. Youth teams festival finishes with the Scottish Final.

My involvement is minimal – I take pictures and find the challenge in getting a production shot which shows the actors portrayal of character and not a posed shot and taking into account the stage lighting.

This year the Scottish Youth Final was held at Birnam Arts Centre in Dunkeld and organised by SCDA Northern Division on 17th June 2017.

Kirkintilloch Players:  The Wall

Winners and Scottish Champions SCDA 1-Act Festival 2017 Click here or on image to see full album of The Wall

(1) The Wall  – Technical details: Canon EOS 5DMkII,  f2.8, Canon 70-200 mm Zoom @ 160 mm,  Shutter 1/80th sec ISO 3200

(1) Kirkintilloch Players 2017 Scottish Champions SCDA Youth Festival.

 Thurso Players: Box

Box by Linday Price – Performed by Thurso Players at SCDA 2017 1-Act Youth Festival

(2) Technical details: Canon EOS 5DMkII,  f2.8, Canon 70-200 mm Zoom @ 142 mm,  Shutter 1/160th sec ISO 1000 (Click on image for full album)

(2) Thurso Players – Box

Indelible Arts Theatre: Sparkleshark

Indelible Arts Theatre production of Philip Ridley’s Sparkleshark at the SCDA 2017 1-Act Youth Festival

(3) Technical details: Canon EOS 5DMkII,  f2.8, Canon 70-200 mm Zoom @ 102 mm,  Shutter 1/100th sec ISO 1000 (Click on image for full album)1/400th sec ISO 2000

(3) Indelible Arts – Sparkleshark

Unmasqued Drama Company: Remembrance

Unmasqued Drama Company’s production of Mark Rees’ Remembrance at the SCDA 2017 1-Act Youth Festival – Scottish Final

(4) Technical details: Canon EOS 5DMkII,  f2.8, Canon 70-200 mm Zoom @ 110 mm,  Shutter 1/125th sec ISO 320 (Click on image for full album)

(4) Unmasqued Drama Company: Remembrance