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The David Beach Competition

The David Beach Competition for Musicals came into being in 2002, at the suggestion of David Beach himself.  Hitherto it had been part of the Phoebe Rees Competition for full length plays, but it was felt that we needed a separate panel of adjudicators with a particular expertise in judging musical theatre, and also that the Competiton should have its own Moderator who could travel round to see all the entries.

Musical Theatre groups flocked to join the SFD so as to be able to compete with each other, and the entries flooded in.  They have increased steadily each year and now rival the Phoebe Rees in terms of the number of groups taking part.

The season runs, officially, from 1st December to 30th November. The panel meets in December to review all the entries and to agree a number of nominations for performances of particular merit in each of the 30 categories.  The winner of each is chosen after detailed debate, overseen by the Moderator, and the trophies are awarded at The David Beach Presentation Evening which takes place in March each year.

More details are available to individual SFD Members and to Club Contacts under Documents & Resources  in the left hand menu, where you can find out about how productions are marked and see the list of trophies to be awarded.

Pam and David Beach







Pam and David Beach at the 2010 Awards

2018 Season

Entry forms: it is now possible to fill in your entry form and submit it on line. Click here to view, or to request a printable version if you prefer.

The Panel

Moderator: Ian Hurdman

Adjudicators:   Andy Marchant, Chris Bailward, Jadi Carlyon,  Dendy Harris, Linda Mumford and Beth Hancock

David Beach Coordinator: Angie Hurdman           

2017 Season Winners  

Best Sound

Failand Drama Circle:      Little Shop Of Horrors 

Best Creative Lighting

CUDOS:       Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 

Best Props

Motiv8 Productions Juniors:       The Little Mermaid 

Best Stage Management

CUDOS:           Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 

Best Original Set

Fusion Young Performers:       Oliver! 

Best Original Costume

Cary Amateur Theatrical Society:      Addams Family 

Bright* Technical Award (Youth)

Fusion oung Performers :     Oliver!

Bright* Technical Award (Adult)

Failand Drama Circle:       Little Shop Of Horrors

Best Performer 13 & Under

The Young Musical Theatre Co:   Alice In Wonderland Arabella Lake (10)

Best Female 16 & Under

Spectrum Musical Theatre Group:    Sister Act Ruby Corlett

Best Male 16 & Under

The Southwest School of Dance:       Barnum Toby Turley

Best Youth Cameo

Clevedon Light Opera Club Juniors:  Honk! Des Coghlan-Forbes

Best Supporting Youth

Tri-art & Merlin Theatre Company:    Les Miserables Dillon Berry

Best Youth In Lead Role

(Joint Winners)

Castaway Theatre Group:       Bugsy Malone Jessamy Bowditch

Tri-art & Merlin Theatre Company:     Les Miserables Patrick Withey

Best Female 17-21

Spectrum Musical Theatre Group:    Sister Act Holly Wadsworth

Best Male 17-21

Exit Stage Left:        Edges Lucas Porter

Best Cameo

Clevedon Light Opera Club:         Hairspray Nadya Callahan

Best Supporting Female

Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society:      9 To 5      Jennifer Holland-Brewer As Judy

Best Supporting Male

Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society:     Guys And Dolls Liam Frampton 

Best Female In Lead Role

Tickenham Drama Group:      Into The Woods Chelsie Hemmings

Best Male In Lead Role

Muses Theatrical Productions:     Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Shaun Driver

Adjudicators' Award

Cary Amateur Theatrical Society:      Addams Family CATS Makeup Team

Moderator's Award

Motiv8: Priscilla Queen of the Desert


Bridgwater Operatic Society:      42nd Street 

Best Youth Chorus

Fusion Young Performers: Oliver!

Best Adult Chorus

Weston-Super-Mare Operatic Society: Half A Sixpence

Challenge Trophy

Clevedon School:    Guys And Dolls Jamie Williams & Construction/Paint Team

Best Choreography

Bridgwater Operatic Society:   42nd Street

Best MD

Clevedon Light Opera Club:        Hairspray Mim Cartwright

Best Director

Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society:       Guys And Dolls Paul Townsend

Small Venue Trophy

Runners up: SCAMP:      Murder Ballad

Winners: Tickenham Drama Group:     Into The Woods

Best Youth Production

Runners up: The South West School of Dance:       Barnum

Joint Winners:

Fusion Young Performers:       Oliver!

Tri-art & Merlin Theatre:     Les Miserables

Best Production

Runners up: Clevedon Light Opera Club:       Hairspray

Winners: Tickenham Drama Group:           Into The Woods