Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Ninteenth Festival of Arts & Crafts
The Drama Festival this year is again being run as a first stage of the British Drama League Festival.
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
April 21 & 22, 1972.
Adjudicator: Mr. Frank B. Kelly M.A.’ A.D.B., G.O.D.A.
Winning Group: The Rother Players
Best Actor: Harry Cooper – Aquarius Theatre Group
Best Actress: Audrey Laye – Wick Theatre Company
One-Act Drama Festival
Competitors – in order of appearance:
1. The Wick Theatre Company
Stay Where You Are
by Olwen Wymark
Produced by George Porter
Audrey Laye – Nina
Pat Moss – Ellen
Douglas Tucker – Taddy
Neil Shephard – David
Setting & Stage Direction – George Laye
Assistant Stage Manager – Betty Dawes
2. The Attic Theatre Group
The Long Christmas Dinner
by Thornton Wilder
Produced by Marilyn Carey & Keith Saxon
3. The Aquarius Theatre Group
by Arthur Pinero
Produced by Eddie Mortell
4. The Southwick Players
by Agatha Christie
Produced by Edward Hood Snr
5. The Aquarius Theatre Group
The Rising Generation
by Anne Jellicoe
Produced by Betty Midderigh
6. The Rother Players
The Monstrous Regiment
by Joanna Evers
Produced by St. John Evers
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: April 28 1972 issue – page 2
AUDREY LAYE of the Wick Theatre Group was successful in winning the best actress award for her part as Nina in Alwen [sic] Wymark’s play Stay Where You Are at the Southwick and Fishersgate Community Association’s drama festival at the weekend.
Held at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, under the auspices of the British Drama League, the festival attracted large audiences for both Friday and Saturday evening performances.
Four other groups – Southwick Players, Aquarius Theatre Group, The Rother Players and The Attic Theatre Group also took part, each putting on a 50-minute play.
Winning group was The Rother Players with The Monstrous Regiment by Joanne Evers, wife of the producer, St. John Evers. They will now go forward to the next round of the festival, to be held at Croydon.
Best actor went to Harry Cooper, of the Aquarius Theatre Group, for his part of the old man in Playgoers by Arthur Pinero.