SEDGEFIELD PLAYERS DRAMA FESTIVAL

41st Sedgefield Drama Festival of One Act Plays 2017
Monday September 11th

Sedgefield Players Youth Section – SPYS – Remote by Stef Smith
Unison Theatre Group – The Last Act by Thomas Guest

Tuesday September 12th

Matchbox Theatre – A trilogy of shorty plays by Tom Casling
Ten Minutes to Reach Inside, The Muse and Mankind
Shoestring Theatre Company – The Ladybirds by Tony Layton

Wednesday September 13th

Statement Drama Company – Verbatim by Albi Gorn
Sedgefield Players – A Touch of Rose Madder by Jim O’Connor

Thursday September 14th

Sedgefield Players – The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht
Nunthorpe Players – Acting, it’s not plumbing… by Cheryl Barrett

Friday September 15th

Cliffe Theatre – The Tell-Tale heart by Edgar Allan Poe
Bananadrama – Soul Mates by Shari Gledhill
Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society – The Proposal by Anton Chekhov

Saturday September 16th

Final adjudication by Paul Fowler of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators

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40th Drama Festival

Sedgefield Players swept the board at their 40th Drama Festival in September, winning 13 of the 20 trophies. Best Production, ‘ The Night Before Christmas’, a hilarious comedy by Anthony Neilson, also won the Audience Award, the Ensemble Award and Best 30 Seconds. Tom Guest was awarded Best Director for this production. He also directed the Players in ‘Albertine in Five Times’, which won the Adjudicator’s Award and Jayne’s Award for Costume. Liz Flanagan was declared Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Albertine aged 40. Millie Harris was awarded the Peter Young Quaich for Youth for her portrayal of Albertine’s sister, Madeleine.

Norma Neal won Best Actress as Marjorie in ‘The Ghost You Can See’ by Scarborough writer Sue Wilding. The production also won Most Effective Set. Sedgefield Players Youth Section, known as SPYS, won the Endeavour Award for ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’, a moving evocation of life for children in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin during World War II. Lucy Atkinson as Raja was the first recipient this year of a Simon Whiteley Memorial Award for performers under the age of 21.

The second went to 12 year old Hugh Stanway in Cresta Amateur Dramatic Society’s ‘9.15’. Written and directed by Sue Wilding, the Scarborough group’s production was also awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for David Irwin as Neville and Tim Tubbs, his prison psychologist. The team received the Mayor’s Award for Runner Up to Best Production, portraying a group of office workers caught up in an incident which affected all their lives.

Bananadrama, another Scarborough team, won the Technical Award for ‘A Bicycle Made For Two’, written and directed by group member Shari Gledhill. In another original piece, ‘Echoes’ by George Collings of Nunthorpe Players, Norma Timney won the Cameo Award for a brief but telling portrayal of the mother. The Festival enjoyed a total of six pieces of new writing, recognised by the Ruby Award for Originality, specially selected to celebrate 40 years of Sedgefield Drama Festival. First winner, Sue Wilding of Cresta ADS, also a very talented actress and director, was delighted to receive the award.

Adjudicator Ian Sarginson, on his second visit to Sedgefield, was impressed by the wealth of original material, the high standard of productions, the efficiency of organisation and technical support plus the friendly, festive atmosphere evident throughout the week.

Results

The Night Before Christmas-Best Production, Audience Award, Ensemble Award, Best 30 Seconds, Best Director (Thomas Guest)

Albertine in Five Times-Adjudicator’s Award, Costume Award, Best Supporting Actress (Liz Flanagan), Youth Award (Millie Harris)

The Ghost You Can See-Best Set, Best Actress (Norma Neal)

SPYS–'I Never Saw Another Butterfly'–Endeavour Award, Best performer under 21 (Lucy Atkinson)

Cresta Amateur Dramatic Society ‘9.15’-Runner-up Award, Best performer under 21 (Hugh Stanway), Best Actor (David Irwin), Best Supporting Actor (Tim Tubbs), Ruby Award for Originality Sue Wilding

Bananadrama-A Bicycle Made for Two'-Technical Award

Nunthorpe Players 'Echoes'-Cameo Award (Norma Timney)

39th Drama Festival

39th Sedgefield Drama Festival of One Act Plays At another highly successful Festival, Sedgefield Players ‘Primrose Way’ won Best Production, Best Director (Thomas Guest) and Best Actress (Viv Jacobs). The play, ‘Philip and Rowena’, also by Sedgefield Players, won the award for Technical Presentation, while our youth section SPYS won the Ensemble Award for ‘The Princess and the Wolf’, written and directed by Tom Guest.

Individual youth awards went to 17 year olds Noah Harrison and Natasha Graham of Saltburn ’53 for outstanding performances in ‘The Edge’. Their production also won the Audience Award, the Peter Young Quaich for Youth and the Best 30 Seconds for a jaw-dropping fall from the roof.

Scarborough group Bananadrama were runners up with their hard-hitting play set in a prison. The two protagonists Chris Parrinder and John Dennis won the Adjudicator’s Award for their contrasted performances. Nunthorpe Players, returning to Sedgefield Festival after many years, won Best Set for their World War I play, ‘Incorporeal Corporal’. Sarah Robinson won the Cameo Award for her gently touching performance as the wife.

Leyburn ADS won awards in each of their productions. The 1920s outfits in ‘A Jolly Sinister Jape’ won Jayne’s Award for Costume, while Michael Waldman won Best Supporting Actor as John Shakespeare, father of the bard, in ‘Gentlemen and Players’. Best Supporting Actress Annette Morris of Matchbox Theatre played two roles in ‘Sanctuary’, one at a week’s notice. Best Actor David Irwin of Scarborough’s Cresta ADS, played multiple roles in WLTM, a salutary, but very entertaining piece about blind dating, written and directed by Sue Wilding, who won the Endeavour Award for her original writing. Six of the twelve plays presented this year were written by members of the groups.

Adjudicator Colin Dolley was impressed by the wealth of original material, the scope and variety of the plays, the high standard of performance and the friendly, supportive spirit of the festival. Sedgefield Drama Festival is highly respected nationally, always held during the second week in September . We already have some good ideas for next year - our 40th! Don’t miss the chance to see some really great theatre - right here on your doorstep.