If you keep an eye on all things hj1act you’ll already know the great news; The Athelstan Players have triumphed at the All England Theatre Festival’s quarter finals winning best play, best director and best acting awards as well as earning themselves a place in the semi-finals. Marlborough Young Actors also impressed winning the Excellence in Technical Theatre award. If you missed it (where’ve you been?) then here’s what happened last weekend.
Saturday’s round of the AETF one-act play competition saw hj1act champions The Athelstan Players perform their hj1act winning play, an extract from ‘Honeymoon Suite’ by Tony Layton at the Memorial Hall in Royal Wootton Bassett. hj1act runners-up Marlborough Young Actors performed their unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. They were up against two teams who had won through from the Codford One-Act Play Festival, held a few weeks ago. Read more HERE
Adjudicator Paul Fowler from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators hailed The Athelstan Players production as ‘top class’ and praised them for their touching and compelling performances. ‘The dialogue fizzed and there was great judgement of pace and attention to detail in this extremely confident production’, said Paul. ‘The set was absolutely magnificent and stage presentation was of the very highest standard’ he added, ‘a deceptively perceptive play, beautifully done’.
The Athelstan Players won three of the four awards up for grabs on Saturday:
The David Bushby Trophy for Best Direction won by Jackie Morris
The Taylor Cup for Best Acting won by Bob Charman
The Joan Cheshire Cup for Winning Play
Paul Fowler of GoDA also had lots of great things to say in his adjudication of Marlborough Young Actors performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. ‘This was a production so full of invention and creativity, that at times it just took your breath away’, said Paul. ‘I like a play that goes that extra mile, that uses the imagination, that tries things, that isn’t afraid to experiment with stuff, to be bold’ he said. ‘This production was full of invention, creativity and ideas. A terrific ensemble performance!’
Huge congratulations to all the teams who performed on Saturday and good luck to The Athelstan Players in the semi-finals which we’ll bring you news of, as soon as we have it! Can’t wait!!
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