BHAC : 2003

2003 : Brighton & Hove Arts Council’s Full-Length Drama Competition

Adjudicator : John Moulder Brown

Competitors : in order of appearance

October 7 – 11

Hurstpierpoint Players

My Mother Said I Never Should
By Charlotte Keatley
Produced by Richard Winton

October 15 – 18

Southwick Players

By John Godber
Produced by Kate Stoner

October 22 – 25

Rottingdean Drama Society

A Small Family Business
By Alan Ayckbourn
Produced by Ane Verrall

October 29 – November 01

Cuckfield Dramatic Society

Death Trap
By Ira Leven
Produced by Alan Morris

November 15 – 22

New Venture Theatre Company

Fool For Love
By Sam Shephard
Produced by Jerry Lyne

November 18 – 22

Forest Row Dramatic Society

The Birthday Party
By Harold Pinter
Produced by Tony Pritchitt

2003 : Brighton & Hove Arts Council’s Drama Awards Evening

When : December 8 2003

Where : Hove Dudley Hotel Lansdowne Place

Bea Waters Challenge Cup for Best Overall Production

Southwick Players
for the total theatrical experience, complete and compelling, skilfully executed by every department within the company, the audience was taken on a roller coaster of drmatic delights with one thrill following the other, at no time compromisng the integral social comment of the piece

The Arthur Churchill Award For Excellence – runner-up

Forest Row Society
The Birthday Party
for capturing the mood and atmosphere of Pinter with dexterity and skill, directing with subtlety and nuance, thereby raising the complexity of the characters and of the difficult play

Gabbus Denney Director’s Award

Kate Stoner
for a skilled and inventive staging of vibrant production creating the world of the play, using to great effect all of the dramatic tools, choreography, ligting, costume, set, sound brought together by the actors for her interpretation

Award for Best Stage Setting

Rottingdean Drama Society
for a beautiful crafted and designed set, combining utility with décor thereby setting the tenor of grace and charm exhibited in their production

Adjudicator’s Award

New Venture Theatre Company
for the theatrical experience of immersing the audience in a compelling drama, creating with dramatic skill the desolate, emotional, physical, spiritual landscape of the play

The Chairman’s Award

Sylvia Jackson and company
Forest Row Dramatic Society
for the meticulously positioned and selected props

Merit Award for the Best Ensemble Work

Hurstpierpoint Players
for realising the epic journey of the play, transporting the audience through times, places and indeed generations

Merit Award for the Best Lighting

Pat Boxall
New Venture Theatre
for gently and adeptly corresponding to the mood, atmosphere and effect of the piece

Merit Award for the Front of House Staff

Southwick Players
for creating a totl experience for the audience and who set the scene, changed the atmosphere for the actors

Merit Award for the Most Promising Young Actor

Gary Wright
Forest Row Dramatic Society
for capturing the essence of Pinter – in all its complexity of truth and irony in the characterisation of Stanley Webber

Merit Award for Best Actor

Serena Brand
New Venture Theatre Company
for realising the strength and pathos, with a wonderful physicality and truth together with the vulnerability of the character May