The Athelstan Players win through to the Semi-Finals!

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.

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The Athelstan Players receive the Joan Cheshire Cup for Winning Play from Councillor Linda Frost, AETF quarter finals in Royal Wootton Bassett, 2015

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

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Bob Charman of The Athelstan Players receives The Taylor Cup for Best Acting from Councillor Linda Frost, AETF quarter finals in Royal Wootton Bassett, 2015

 

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Jackie Morris, director of The Athelstan Players receives the David Bushby Trophy for Best Direction from Councillor Linda Frost, AETF quarter finals in Royal Wootton Bassett, 2015

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!’

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Anna Friend, director of Marlborough Young Actors receives the Pete Hadden Trophy for Excellence in Technical Theatre from Councillor Linda Frost, AETF quarter finals in Royal Wootton Bassett, 2015

As hj1act champions and AETF quarter-finals winners, The Athelstan Players will now go on to the semi-finals which will be held at The Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Dorset on Saturday 16th May.
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The Athelstan Players celebrate their success at the AETF quarter finals 2015 and their place in the semi finals!

 

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!!

 

NEXT UP: Festival follow-up

 

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