Alloa’s a pretty small place and I’ve lived here for about eight years, so it’s somewhat surprising to discover that there’s a theatre hiding away in it. Even more surprising to find that it’s home to a rather fantastic dramatic group.

The Alman Dramatic Group are coming towards the end of their sold-out run of Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace and after seeing it tonight, it’s little wonder it’s proved so popular.

Julie and I were put on to it by Stuart Bailey, who plays the role filled by Cary Grant in the 1941 movie, and after a gentle start, the play found its feet, the pace picked up and the farsical elements of the story started to shine through. I believe the term in the 40s was screwball.

It’s easy to focus on the Am in Amdram, but there were some very convincing performances on show, not least from Mr Bailey who really seemed comfortable in the Grant role or from Gary McKenzie whose hilarious portrayal of German plastic surgeon, Dr Einstein, was a real scene stealer.

Something to look out for in the future and next time, let’s try not to look so surprised, eh?

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