Scottish Community Drama Association
Scottish Community Drama Association is a voluntary organisation founded in 1926. It works to promote all aspects of community theatre in Scotland. The SCDA was founded in 1926, after Geoffrey Whitworth, founder and director of the British Drama League in London, received an invitation from the New York Little Theatre Movement to send out the best of British Drama to compete in their annual festival. To select this team the British Drama League initiated a festival of amateur drama. Mr D Glen Mackemmie of the Scottish National Players, then issued an invitation to all British Drama League members in Scotland, to attend a meeting in Glasgow. This meeting appointed an executive committee charged with the organisation of a Scottish Festival in the winter of 1926/27. In the early years the winning team from the Scottish Festival competed in London in the British Final. SCDA run a series of One-Act Play festivals with regional and national competitions. Falkirk High School Former Pupils Drama Club won the national finals in 1930 and 1931; Larbert High School Former Pupils won in 1974, the Tryst Theatre (from Falkirk area) won in 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1995 and 2004, and the Falkirk Players won in 1985. Falkirk Town Hall hosted regional and national finals of the One Act Play Festivals on numerous occasions. The Tryst Theatre also won the Howard de Walden Trophy in 1979 (a UK competition)


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