Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Thirty-Third Festival of Arts & Crafts
Presents the First Round of the All England Theatre Festival
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
April 18 & 19, 1986.
Adjudicator: Peter Carr
Winning Group: The Southwick Players
Best Actor: Ray Hopper – Wick Theatre Company
Best Actress: Eileen Walker – Wednesday Club
Presentation of Cups by Councillor J. Huber.
One-Act Drama Festival
Competitors – in order of appearance:
1. Link-Miles Drama Group
Green for Danger
by Phillip Johnson
Produced by Nancy Jarvis
2. Southwick Players
If Any Question Why
by Suzanne Roberts & Barry Heselden (from an improvisation)
Produced by Barry Heselden & Suzanne Robets
3. B.A.D. Productions (Brighton Telephone Area Dramatic Society)
A Separate Peace
by Tom Stoppard
Produced by Doreen Slater
4. Wednesday Club
by David Campton
Produced by Pat Bensted-Smith
5. Wick Theatre Company
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals
by J. M. Barrie
Produced by Sheila Wright
Daphne Thornton – Mrs. Dowey
Betty Dawes – Mrs. Mickleham
Rosemary Biggs – Mrs. Haggerty
Joan Bearman – Mrs. Tully
Ron Cheesman – The Rev. Mr. Wilkinson
Ray Hopper – Private K. Dowey
6. The Castle Players Amateur Dramatic Society
by Anthony Booth
Produced by Robin Clement
Publication Data: Unknown
Text Header: Playing for best of six
SIX teams have entered for the first round in the All England Festival of Drama at the arn Theatre in Southwick on April 18 and 19.
Last year, Southwick Players were the winners and they’ll be defending theor position with a ‘home-grown’ play.
The top team earns the chance to perform at the Ashcroft under ‘professional’ conditions.
On Friday, along with Southwick Players and their If Any Question Why, are the Wednesday Club of Horsham, appearing for the first time at Southwick, with Funeral Dance by David Compton and BAD Production of Brighton presenting Tom Stppard’s A Separate Peace.
On the Saturday, Wick Theatre Company present JM Barrie’s An Old Lady Shows her Medals, Castle Players of Steyning [last year’s runners-up] present The Trial by Anthony Booth, ad Link-Miles Drama Group of Lancing put on Green for Danger by Phillp Johnson.
Tickets for each evening, starting at 7.30pm, are available from the Barn Box Office or by telphone on Brighton 597094.
Mr Peter Carr, recently chairman of the Guild Of Drama Adjudicators, will select a winning team to go forward to the Divisional Final at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, on April 30.
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: April 25 1986 issue – page 17
Correspondent: Jocelyn Hollebone
Text Header: Second success for triumphant Players
SOUTHWICK Players have maintained their stranglehold on the Southwick One-Act Drama Festival by winning first place for the second consecutive year.
Local talent was strongly in evidence at the Barn Theatre, Southwick, with the Players beating off a spirited challenge from the Southwick-based Wick Theatre Company, who were runners-up.
The Players triumphed in the first round of the All England Festival of Drama with a home-grown play scripted from an improvisation – If Any Question Why. They now go forward to the divisional final at Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, on April 30.
Running on Friday and Saturday evening, the festival attracted wide local interest, with capacity audiences at both performances. Despite winning for the second year running, the Players were given stiff competition by five other drama companies. Wick had some consolation for finishing in second place, thanks to a glowing performance by Ray Hopper. He was declared best actor by adjudicator Peter Carr.
Making their debut in the festival were the Wednesday Club of Horsham, who won the best actress category with Eileen Walker.
Also competing were last year’s runners-up, the Castle Players, of Steyning, Link-Miles drama group, of Lancing, and BAD productions [Brighton Area Telephone Company] of Brighton.