Triple bill of talent at Lauder

A scene from Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society's production of ' Mixed massages' by Alan Robinson. from left, Tina (Gail Millar), Mr. Daily (George Gilliland), Edwina ((Alison Mason) and Gina (Alexa Lewis).
A scene from Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society's production of ' Mixed massages' by Alan Robinson. from left, Tina (Gail Millar), Mr. Daily (George Gilliland), Edwina ((Alison Mason) and Gina (Alexa Lewis).
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HAVING celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, Lauder Amateur Dramatic Society is in no danger of resting on its laurels, judging by this year’s hugely entertaining offering which opened in the Public Hall last night and ends its run on Saturday.

With three-one act plays, the production showcases the talents of a very committed and enthusiastic company, drawn from across the Borders.

It begins with a protracted sketch, entitled The Hiring Fair, which takes the audience back to 16th century Lauder with an adaptation of a work by Tom Murray to mark the King’s Own Scottish Borderers receiving the Freedom of the Royal Burgh.

From the historical, the show moves on to the poignant with John F. Glen’s The Wedding Day. Set in the 1980s with flashbacks to World War II, it focuses on the reminiscences of a grandmother during the nuptials of her granddaughter.

It ends with Mixed Massages, a hilarious and raunchy farce set in a health spa.

With superb scenery by Bill and Alison Mason from Innerleithen and the hall laid out in bistro style, the show, produced with typical panache by Margot Douglas, has something for everyone. It is, thus, not surprising that it has sold out tomorrow (Friday).

Tickets, £8 (including wine and cheese), for tonight and Saturday are available from the Mace Shop in High Street. or Gail Miller, 01578 722885.

The players: Kenny Duncan, Anne McKinven, George Gilliland, Bill Masson, Fiona Laing, Karen Nelson, Gail Miller, Grant Baxter, Judy Jordan, Phil Waters, Alison Mason, Alexa Lewis.

Backstage: Producer Margot Douglas; lighting and effects, Stuart and Ewan Nelson; prompts, Fiona Macdonald and Les Douglas; helpers and stagehands, Matt Redmayne, Ray Lewis, Stanley Gryczeka, Chris Mackie, David Millar, Russell Rimmer and Valerie Jones.