The year 2000 saw lots of readings to keep club members occupied, but no productions. However, the following year, we re-
The 2002 and 2003 Edinburgh Military Tattoos again featured appearances by SCDA members, including several Mercators.
In the SCDA One Act Festival, despite competing against clubs with their own premises and larger memberships, we continued to punch above our weight. Third places in 2002 and 2006, best staging in 2005, and three trophies including first place in 2004 with the The Café by Neville Watchurst, directed by John Kelly. The Café was one of those plays that seemed absolutely right for us. We progressed to the Divisional round to gain second place, our highest ever placing at that level, and as a result, reached the National Finals for the first time in the club's history to appear at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. One of our favourite lines from that play was "Onwards and upwards" which we seem to have adopted as an unofficial club motto.
We continued to première original plays by our own writers; Two Wits to Woo by John Kelly at the last Arran Dramafest in 2001 and The Worst Day of My Life by Alan Richardson at the 2006 SCDA One Act Festival. 2006 was also marked by a 70th anniversary function attended by members, present and past, friends and supporters. The decade was rounded off by a Fringe tribute to three writers -
Our tributes to famous writers continued into the new decade with a tribute to W.S. Gilbert and a 200th birthday celebration for Charles Dickens. In the autumn of 2012, we celebrated two anniversaries -