Dave Goodall was announced as this year’s winner of the prestigious Sybil Thorndike Trophy at this year’s SFD Annual General Meeting in Hatch Beachamp on Saturday afternoon. The trophy is awarded to someone who the Committee considers has made a significant contribution to amateur theatre in Somerset during the previous year.
The winner of this year’s trophy has been a stalwart in amateur theatre in Somerset for many years. As Philip de Glanville said, “He appears to live and breathe amateur theatre”
He is an apparently tireless mainstay at The Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster, which he once told me was his second home and where, with the Ilminster Entertainments Society, he has fulfilled so many roles: as an actor, director, stage manager, set builder and designer and Front-of-House person as well as generally maintaining the place in his role as chief cook and bottle washer!
One of his strengths is that he does not limit his involvement to just one discipline or just one company. With Taunton Thespians he has directed, acted, and been both set designer and stage manager over many years.
And he has also (along with his wife, Maggy) been very supportive of Cloverleaf Productions in their home village of Combe St Nicholas, where he has performed in their annual panto. In presenting the trophy SFD chairman Sam Allen joked, “I, for one, will never forget his hilarious portrayal of Granny Fanny-Annie!”
For the SFD, he has supported the County Drama Festival as stage manager – and made us feel very welcome at the Warehouse – for many years. It really is hard to overestimate his value to to the SFD in the work he does to make County Drama welcome in Ilminster. But as well as that, he used to be a Phoebe Rees adjudicator, and he is now on his second stint as an adjudicator for the Cinderella Trophy.
As Sam Allen said, “A theatrical polymath, and an unsung hero, we are pleased to award this year’s Sybil Thorndike Trophy for outstanding contribution to amateur theatre in Somerset to Dave Goodall.”