Ury Players sweep the board at drama competition

The winning Youth team: Back Row: Emily Esson (Assistant Director), Peter Esson (Director) 'Front row: Katy Ironside,  Heather Stewart, Sophie Angus, Heather Smith.
The winning Youth team: Back Row: Emily Esson (Assistant Director), Peter Esson (Director) 'Front row: Katy Ironside, Heather Stewart, Sophie Angus, Heather Smith.
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Stonehaven’s Ury Players have swept the board in the Aberdeen heat of the Scottish Community Drama Association annual competition.

The club, which is 60-years-old this year, scooped all six trophies at the event, which took place at Aberdeen’s Arts Centre Theatre last weekend over two nights.

The Youth Team (Ury Players A) won the overall competition as well as the best youth and best moment in theatre awards, whilst the Adults won the outstanding achievement, best set design and overall second place.

The Youth now go to Arbroath next Saturday, March 15, to compete at the next stage of competition while the adults go to Orkney at the end of the month.

This will be the third time in three years that the youth team have progressed beyond the Aberdeen round with them having made it through to the Scottish final in 2012 and 2013.

Ury Players’ vice-chairman, Peter Esson, who directed the winning Youth play and acted in the Adults play which was also successful, said: “It’s not the Oscars, but in terms of amateur dramatics, it kind of is.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the hard work put in by everyone involved, and for all of the people who have supported, and continue to support the Ury Players.

The group are marking the 60th anniversary with a summer play on June 19 and 20.

To find out more about the group, visit www.uryplayers.co.uk.