By Donald Matheson. Photography Ben Gallacher
RTS Scotland kicked off 2020 with its annual general meeting and a Burns night celebration at the Glasgow Art Club in late January.
A record number of members and guests came together for the AGM, followed by an evening of entertainment and food in celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.
The committee’s AGM report reviewed the busy activities of 2019, which included a growth in membership and a record number of award entries.
Guests were treated to a “veganuary” haggis supper, served by Glasgow-based Freddy & Hicks, and a performance from local women’s comedy group, Witsherface.
The group’s “alternative” Burns celebration featured impersonations of Donald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon, and a heartfelt poem about the iconic Tunnock’s teacake, among other contemporary sketches and performances, which kept the capacity audience entertained throughout the evening.
Now in its fourth year, the grassroots female collective, aims “to give woman an opportunity to try writing and performing comedy”. Actor Maureen Carr said “We offer a platform for young comediennes to take their first steps in comedy”. The group encouraged any writers with female orientated ideas “that want their work to be read by professional actors, to get in touch”.