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SCA – Twelfth Festival of Arts & Crafts

Southwick & Fishersgate Community Association – Twelfth Festival of Arts & Crafts

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

April 23 & 24 1965

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Adjudicator: Miss Olive Von der Heyde *

Winning Group: Wick Theatre Company

One-Act Drama Festival

Competitors – in order of appearance:


The Centre Players

There’s Always Molly

by Neil McKellar

Produced by Unknown


Horsham Dramatic Society

Temptation Sword or Virtue Rewarded

by Winifred Phelps

Produced by Unknown


The Phoenix Players

The Faithful Widow of Ephesus

by Thomas Cruden

Produced by Betty Cowan


The Southwick Players

The Devil in the Lottery

by Mark Howard

Produced by Unknown


The Withdean Players

The Ass and the Philosophers

by John Knowles

Produced by Unknown


Wick Theatre Company

The Queen and the Welshman

by Rosemary Anne Sisson

Produced by Bess Blagden

John Perrett
David Goodger
Ralph Dawes
Jean Porter – Queen Katherine
Ian Elliott – Sir Own Tudor
Peter Elson
Fay Sturt
Ray Hopper
Bob del Quiaro – Duke of Gloucester

* 2016 note: Springboard Festival – Brighton & Hove Performing Arts Festival – was formerly known as the Brighton Competitive Musical Festival and started in 1925 under the auspices of Brighton Borough Council. Competitions were held in the Pavilion Estate, including the Corn Exchange, Royal Pavilion, Dome and Pavilion Theatre.

The development of the Festival was largely the work of Olive Von der Heyde who remained involved from the beginning until her death in 1997.


Mrs Blagden, producer of ‘The Queen and the Welshman’ with trophy

The Phoenix Players’ production on Saturday evening was described by the adjudicator as “something different, with a lovely set and beautiful grouping and colour.” The play, by Tomas Cruden, was produced by Betty Cowan.

Horsham Dramatic Society presented a Victorian melodrama by Winifred Phelps, Temptation Sordid or Virtue Rewarded. “The scenery was good and the play opened well, the piano giving it an excellent start, but the whole needed more go,” the adjudicator remarked.

Jack Lomath, who played Hippocrates in Withdean Players’ production of The Ass and the Philosophers, by Gwenyth Jones, was praised by Miss Von der Heyde for his natural acting ability.

Other plays in the Festival were The Devil in the Lottery a light comedy by Mark Howard, presented by Southwick Players and The Centre Players’ presentation of There’s Always Molly by Neil McKellar.