Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Twenty-Third Festival of Arts & Crafts
– National Festival of Community Theatre –
The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre
April 10, 1976
Adjudicator: Sheila Sharpless
Winning Group: The Rother Players
Best Actor: Craig Huntley – The Rother Players
Best Actress: Patricia Edwards – The Rother Players
One-Act Drama Festival
Competitors – in order of appearance:
Aquarius Theatre Group
The Caliph’s Minstrel
by Constance Cox
Produced by Glen Gordon
The Southwick Players
A Glass of Bitter
by J. B. Priestley
Produced by E. Hood
by Jean-Paul Sarte
Produced by Dave Loewy
Steyning Downland W.I. Drama Group
The Cage Birds
by David Campton
Produced by Doris Brinsley
by The Brothers Kapek
Produced by Brenda C. Sandell
The Rother Players
Heigh-Ho! The Rose and Rue
by Joanne Evans
Produced by Joan Lancaster
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: April 15 1977 issue – page 14
Text Header: Southwick drama festival
THE ROTHER PLAYERS, Pulborough, go through to the next round of the National Festival of Community Theatre Croydon, following their success in Southwick and Fishersgate’s annual drama festival at the Barn Theatre on Saturday.
Adjudicator Sheila Sharpless awarded Rother first place for their performance of Hey-Ho, the Rose and Rue, one of a trilogy of plays by Joanna Evans.
Rother also carried off the best actor and best actress awards through Craig Huntley as William Cecil, and Patricia Edwards as Queen Elizabeth 1.
Runner-up were Ashington Players who presented Ad Infinitum and there was a special mention for Steyning Downland WI drama group’s interpretation of The Cage Birds.
Muriel Press of Southwick Players was highly commended for her performance in A Glass of Bitter by J.B. Priestley.
Other companies taking part were the Aquarius Theatre and the Barnstormers, both of Brighton.