Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Thirty-Eighth Festival of Arts & Crafts
Southwick One-Act Drama Festival and incorporating the Southwick Youth Drama Festival
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
March 1 & 2, 1991
Adjudicator: Brian Sanders, Senior Member of The Guild of Drama Adjudicators
Winning Group: Wick Theatre Company
Best Actor: Bob Ryder – Wick Theatre Company
Best Actress: Pat Benstead-Smith & Eileen Walker – Wednesday Club
Best Stage Presentation: Wednesday Club
Best Young Actor: Tim Plyming
Best Young Actress: Jo Squire
One-Act Drama Festival
Competitors – in order of appearance:
After Midnight, Before Dawn
by David Campton
Produced by Robert B. Etterridge
Patcham High School Youth Group
by Joan Ware
Produced by Harry Atkinson
I Haven’t a Clue
a rehearsed improvisation
Produced by Ray Hopper
The Wednesday Club
Still Life – an episode from ‘A Seat in the Park’
by Cherry Vooght
Produced by Kathleen Barnett
Hurstpierpoint Junior Theatre
a rehearsed and scripted improvisation
Produced by Unknown
Wick Theatre Company
by Edward Albee
Produced by Jamie Boath
Stage Manager – Jill Redman
Ruffian on the Stair
by Joe Orton
Produced by Peter McGhie
* The programme commented upon the 1990 decision to “augment the Festival by the inclusion of a Youth Drama Festival. This new departure won the warm approval of our audiences, who feel, as we do, that it is to the youth that we must look for the future of our drama achievement. Hopefully they will, in their turn, pass on the torch in years to come, and so ensure the continuation of the Southwick Festival to the credit of us all.”
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: March 15 1991 issue – page 16
Text Header: Wick a winner in this festival
WICK THEATRE Company is riding high after winning the award for the best play in this year’s Southwick One-Act Drama Festival.
The group won the accolade with its performance of Edward Albee’s Zoo Story at Southwick Centre’s Barn Theatre.
Runner-up was the Wednesday Club [Horsham] with Still Life by Cherry Vooght, which also won the stage presentation award.
Wick Theatre Company again came up trumps in the best actor category, won by company member Bob Ryder. The award for the best actress was made jointly to the Horsham Wednesday Club’s Pat Bensted-Smith and Eileen Walker.
Youth teams were included in the main two-day festival for the first time this year. Five youth groups took part.
Hurstpierpoint Junior Theatre swept the board. The group won the best youth play category with an improvisation called Coma. The Hurstpierpoint team’s Tim Plyming and Jo Squire won awards for best young actor and best young actress respectively.
The judge was Brian Sanders, a senior member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.
Cups were presented by Adur District Council chairman Mima Robinson, who especially thanked Southwick Community Association for setting up the event.