Festival Finale: and the winner is……..

Now the festival celebrations are over and we’ve slept off our late night, let’s take a look back at Saturday night’s Festival Finale. And what a great night it was!

The evening began with festival newcomers the Bishopstoke Players with an original play A Long Time Coming, written and directed by Peter Yates. This was a murder mystery where a young girl seeks to solve the mystery of her mother’s death, the obstacles she faces which lead her to take matters into her own hands. A really chilling yet poignant story that had the audience transfixed. Well done Bishopstoke Players!

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Bishopstoke Players perform A Long Time Coming (Photo Ian Laurie, Take One)

Our final play of the night and the festival was performed by our reigning champions, The Athelstan Players. This was one act taken from the three-act play Honeymoon Suite by Tony Layton. An aging rocker, Jett Rush marries his long suffering assistant as a publicity stunt to revive his flagging career. What Jett doesn’t realise is that Pat has always loved him, despite the awful way he treats her. This was a superbly acted, beautifully observed, bitter-sweet comedy that had us laughing one minute and crying the next. Congratulations Athelstan Players!

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Athelstan Players perform Honeymoon Suite (Photo Ian Laurie, Take One)

Adjudicator Sue Doherty from GoDA then gave her excellent feedback before it was time to shut herself away in a quiet room, add up the marks and see who the winners were.

A nail-biting half an hour or so passed before we were all called back to the auditorium for the awards ceremony. Special guests onstage were the deputy mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Councillor Ian Ferries , Swindon’s deputy mayor Councillor Andrew Bennett along with Swindon and District Theatre Guild chairman Martin Clifton and Festival Directors Fenella Harrop and Ashley Heath.

And the winner is……..

The Athelstan Players for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton. The Athelstan Players were awarded the coveted Betty Peck Rosebowl for the Winning Play!!

Winners

The Athelstan Players receive their awards L-R Bob Charman, Nicola Pearce-Smith, Jackie Morris, Cllr Andrew Bennett, Natasha Gray (Photo: Ian Laurie, Take One)

 

The Charles Grace Cup for Runners Up

Marlborough Young Actors for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.

Runners Up

Marlborough Young Actors receive their award L-R Kai Price-Goodfellow, David Higgins, Anna Friend, Cllr Andrew Bennett, Rosie Walker (Photo: Ian Laurie, Take One)

Congratulations to the Athelstan Players and Marlborough Young Actors who both go through to the next round of the All England Theatre Festival in two weeks time!

 

And the awards kept coming….

The BBC Wiltshire Audience Award:

Athelstan Players for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton

 

The June Thompson Memorial Cup for Dramatic Endeavour

New College for ‘Under the Bridge’ by its cast.

Nominations:

RWB Productions for Moonwillow by Amanda Jayne Davey, adapted by Paula Clifford.

Friendly Theatre for The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo.

 

The Matthew Herring Award for Originality or Achievement in Technical Theatre

RWB Productions for Moonwillow by Amanda Jayne Davey, adapted by Paula Clifford.

Nominations:

New College for ‘Under the Bridge’ by its cast.

 

The Swindon Advertiser Award for an Original Production

Bishopstoke Players for ‘Long Time Coming’ by Peter Yates

Nominations:

RWB Productions for Moonwillow by Amanda Jayne Davey, adapted by Paula Clifford.

New College for ‘Under the Bridge’ by its cast.

 

The Beryldene Hunt Cup for Best Performance by a Junior Actor

Rose Walker as Hermia and Snout in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare, performed by Marlborough Young Actors.

Nominations:

Kai Price-Goodfellow as Lysander and Titania in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare, performed by Marlborough Young Actors.

David Howard as Pizza Delivery Boy / Ensemble in ‘Under the Bridge’ by its cast, performed by New College Stage Company.

Bethany Rawsthorn as Hopeful Jobseeker / Ensemble in ‘Under the Bridge’ by its cast, performed by New College Stage Company.

 

The Brenda Lilley Loving Cup for Best Performance by a Youth Group

Marlborough Young Actors for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare.

 

The Cheshire Trophy for Best Adult Actress in a Supporting Role

Samantha France as the Burglar’s Wife in ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo, performed by Friendly Theatre.

Nominations:

Harriet Leitch as Hippolyta, Bottom and Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare, performed by Marlborough Young Actors.

Nicola Pearce-Smith as Frances in for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton, performed by The Athelstan Players.

 

The Lester Trophy for Best Adult Actor in a Supporting Role

Kevin Bowers as Reeth in ‘Long Time Coming’ by Peter Yates, performed by the Bishopstoke Players.

Nominations:

Ed France as Antonio in ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo, performed by Friendly Theatre.

 

The Audrey Suter Trophy for Best Adult Performance by an Actress

Natasha Gray as Pat in ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton, performed by the Athelstan Players.

Nominations:

Viv Martin as Margaret in ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram, performed by the Lechlade Players.

Bridget Walker as Anna in ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo, performed by Friendly Theatre.

Emma Joy as Iona in ‘Long Time Coming’ by Peter Yates, performed by the Bishopstoke Players.

 

The Audrey Suter Trophy for Best Adult Performance by an Actor

Martin Rawlinson as Bernard in ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram, performed by the Lechlade Players.

Nominations:

Vernon Dunkley as The Burglar in ‘The Virtuous Burglar’ by Dario Fo, performed by Friendly Theatre.

Bob Charman as Jet Rush in ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton, performed by the Athelstan Players.

Drew Craddock as Tom in ‘Long Time Coming’ by Peter Yates, performed by the Bishopstoke Players.

 

The Peter English Award for Best Direction

Jackie Morris for ‘The Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton, performed by the Athelstan Players.

Nominations:

Anna Friend for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare, performed by Marlborough Young Actors.

Peter Yates for ‘Long Time Coming’ by Peter Yates, performed by the Bishopstoke Players.

 

Huge congratulations to everyone!

 

NEXT UP: The next round!

 

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