Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Second Festival of Arts & Crafts
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
May 21, 1955.
Adjudicator: Mrs J Cordery & Mr W. G. Stone, M.A., Director of Education for Brighton
Winning Group: Kingston and District Women’s Institute Drama Group
One-Act Drama Festival
Competitors – in order of appearance:
1. Southwick Townswomen’s Guild
Apologies to William
by Joan Brampton
Produced by Joan Brampton
2. Young Wick Players
…And The Shouting Dies
by Elizabeth Penney
Produced by John Wilson
Betty Gedge – First Girl
Mary Gedge – Second Girl
Betty Carpenter – Claudia
Ross Workman – The Boy
Ralph Dawes – Pontius Pilate
Ian Elliott – Councillor
Elaine Smithers – Voice
John Wilson – Voice
3. Southwick Players
The Happy Journey
by Thornton Wilder
Produced by Patricia Hill
4. Kingston and District Women’s Institute Drama Group
Just Before Tea
by Howard Agg
Produced by Peggy Corte
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: May 27 1955 issue – page 10
Text Header: High Standard of art and craft shown at festival
Sub Header: Four plays
In the evening, the second part of the festival, for group entries, was held in the Barn Hall. This consisted of four one-act plays by local societies, a dancing display, and a choral recital, which were adjudicated by Mrs J Cordery and Mr W. G. Stone, M.A., Director of Education for Brighton.
The Southwick Players presented The Happy Journey, by Thornton Wilder, and those taking part were George Baker, Doreen Kingsnorth, Michael Hall, Jane Atkinson, Edmund Andrew and Muriel Press. The producer was Patricia Hill.
For the Southwick Townswomen’s Guild, Joan Brampton produced a play written by herself, entitled Apologies to William. The cast comprised Dorothy Stevens, Bea Emerson, Sidney Mitchell, Helen Suter, Kitty Moore and Peter Elder.
The Young Wick Players chose Elizabeth Penney’s …And the Shouting Dies for their entry and the following took part: Betty Gedge, Mary Gedge, Betty Carpenter, Ross Workman, Ralph Dawes, Ian Elliott, Elaine Smithers and John Wilson. The producer was John Wilson.
The fourth play was presented by the Kingston and District Women’s Institute Drama Group, and was entitled Just Before Ten, by Howard Agg. The producer was Peggy Corte and those taking part were May Gedge, Dorothy Twine, Lilian Wass, Ivy Osborne, Jessie Haviland, Mary McNabb, and Freda Hewlett.
The Group Cup was won by the Kingston and District Women’s Institute Drama Group, who earned high praise from the adjudicator.
After the group performances, prizes were presented by Coun. E. E. Thornton, J.P., Chairman of Southwick Urban Council, who is president of the Community Association.