Philip de Glanville’s name has been added to the exclusive list of SFD life members. Chairman Sam Allen presented him with his certificate at Saturday’s AGM
Way back in December 1986 Philip de Glanville got a phone call from Rod Hancox, out of the blue, asking if he would like to take on an original play which had been selected from that year’s One Act Playwriting Competition. It was called Beau Jeste, and Rod was looking for someone to direct it in the Original Play Festival which was to be held at Bridgwater Arts Centre. Soon after that Festival Philip was asked to join the Fellowship Committee, and believe it or not 33 years later he is still going strong.
In those days David Beach was Chairman, and the SFD was part of the Community Council. And Philip is now the only remaining member of the Committee still serving the SFD from those days.
And Philip is not just someone who turns up for committee meetings! In his time he has directed seven one-act plays for the Original Play Festival, has been producer for a couple of County Productions, Moderator for the Phoebe Rees Competition, and since when he has been fairly continuously one of the adjudicating panel and now the competition coordinator. He has done three stints as County Drama Coordinator, and he was editor of Spotlight on and off from its inception in 1975 until 2012 when he was succeeded by a better man! In 2012 he also took on the SFD website, which he continues to oversee. He also sits on the reading panel for the Original Playwriting Competition.
And, of course, he spent three years as SFD Chairman during which time he took the organisation forward and made it stronger and more inclusive.
In 1996 Philip was awarded the Sybil Thorndike Trophy for his contribution to amateur drama in Somerset. As well as being involved in SFD productions Confusions in 2001,and Of Long Days and Brave Knights in 2002, with his own company Troupers, Philip took Les Clarke’s play Sinking to the English semi-finals in 2010 and in 2013 they were overall winners at the British Finals of the Festival of One Act Plays when Philip directed A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Act 1.
In presenting the award Sam Allen said, “Life Membership is a very special accolade and it is awarded very rarely and so it is my honour to add a new name to join an exclusive band of people: Anna Bowerman, David Jenkins, Mike Linham, Ron & Jackie Roberts, Gill Scard, and Pat Sollis. To that list we can now add one more name, Philip de Glanville.
“And it is not only for his immense contribution to the Somerset Fellowship of Drama, but also for his dedication, involvement and promotion of amateur theatre over more than three decades that the committee is pleased to award Philip the wonderful accolade of Life Membership.”