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October 17 2020, News The Phoebe Rees

Moderator Philip de Glanville was the host for the evening

There were prizes-a-plenty at this year’s Phoebe Rees Awards Ceremony despite it being the strangest affair in the history of the competition. Not only did Covid-19 cut the competition down in its prime when government precautions required us all to go into lockdown, but ongoing restrictions meant that this year’s ceremony was held online. In a break with tradition, the nominations were not announced in advance and so the ceremony was of huge interest to everyone concerned and full of wonderful surprises.  Despite the fact the competition had been curtailed, standards were very high and moderator Philip de Glanville said that  the standards were such that the winners would have probably been at the top even with a full complement. He expressed his sympathy for those societies that had been unable to perform, particularly those where the productions were curtailed shortly before the opening night.

Amy Bullock as Sammy the dog, Barnstormers’ Goodnight Mister Tom

Unlike the previous SFD online ceremonies, this presentation had been prerecorded and edited to allow the adjudicators to contribute and pictures from the plays to be displayed, a welcome initiative as it brought to life some of the excellent sets, costumes and characterisations. When we heard about the wonders of Sammy the Dog in Goodnight Mr Tom, for example, we could actually see it on the screen. Thanks to Philip and all the team for putting it together and editing it so well.

It was presented as a YouTube Premiere, which meant we could all see it together but we could not scroll forward to the end to see the winners! It also means that the show is still available to view on YouTube.

Sadly, adjudicator Lyn Lockyer could not be present due to a family bereavement but June Jenkins and Liz Holliss were on hand to tell us about the plays they had seen and give us some interesting insights into the shows, both on stage and behind the scene. Philip had a busy night because he told us all about the plays he had adjudicated as well as reading Lyn’s words to us about the plays she had seen. All of which made for a thoroughly entertaining evening for everyone involved in this season’s productions.

Adjudicator Liz Holliss

Adjudicator June Jenkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to all the winners. All the nominations and winners are shown below (winners in red):

Nominations 19/20 by Category

Best Effects

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Beauty & The Beast – IES

Constellations – Swan Theatre Co

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Sound

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Drama Group

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Best Lighting

Mayfly – Street Theatre Co

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Beauty & The Beast – IES

Constellations – Swan Theatre Co

Best Props

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Costumes

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Beauty & The Beast – IES

Best Stage Management

Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Set Construction

Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Laying The Ghost – Civic Players

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Creative Set Design

Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Constellations – Swan Theatre Co

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Artistic Impression

Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Best Youth U16

Matilda Friend as Anne Shirley – Wells Little Theatre

George Littlefield as William Beech – Goodnight Mister Tom, Barnstormers

Benjamin Johnson as Zach – Goodnight Mister Tom, Barnstormers

Best Youth U21 Female

None

Best Youth U21 Male

Locryn Gadd as Harry, Mayfly – Street Theatre Co

Liam Beard as Seigfried Sasson, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Will Butcher as Robert Graves, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Best Female Cameo

Sarah Stott as Mrs Blewitt, Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

Monica Baker as Mrs Beetle, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Christine Peters as Gladys etc, Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Maddie Lowe as Rabbit, Beauty & The Beast – IES

Best Male Cameo

Alastair Giles as Sneller, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Tim Knowles as Rev Clement Mercer, When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Mark Payne as Capt Burns, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Clive Wooldridge as Mr Stelton, Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Best Featured Female Actor

Emma James as Mrs Rachel Lynde, Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

Tania Leigh as Meriam, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Amy Bullock as Sammy, Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Cheryl Thomasgood as Mrs Beech, Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Best Featured Male Actor

Alan Coles as Ormonroyd, When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Sebastian Thrower as Wilfred Owen, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Brian Williams as Callan, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Neil Morgan as Porter Milgrew, Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

James Locke as Dennis, Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Theatre Group

Best Supporting Female Actor

Lorna Evans as Clara Soppitt, When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Carole Price as Connie, Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Theatre Group

Chloe Thurlow as Felicity, Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Theatre Group

Jo Simpson as Freda Deacon, Laying The Ghost – Civic Players

Lynne Wooldridge as Mrs Fletcher, Sister – Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Best Supporting Male Actor

Ken Edmonds as Matthew Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

Alan Jarvis as Adam, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Dave Goodall as Herbert Soppitt, When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Cameron Thrower as Billy Prior, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Best Female Actor

Doreen Grant as Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

Victoria Dean as Flora Poste, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Karen Trevis as Cat, Mayfly – Street Theatre Co

Becky Kingsley-Jones as Muriel, Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Theatre Group

Elizabeth Lewis as Marianne, Constellations – Swan Theatre Co

Best Male Actor

Andy Busby as Joe Helliwell, When We Are Married – Taunton Thespians

Paul Townsend as Ben, Mayfly – Street Theatre Co

Robert Graydon as Capt Rivers, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Philip Kingsley-Jones as Dr Arthur Wickstead, Habeas Corpus – Tickenham Theatre Group

Neil Wilson as Tom Oakley, Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Oliver Delafield as Roland, Constellations – Swan Theatre Co

George Crocker Challenge Trophy

Bobby Bass, Anne of Green Gables – Wells Little Theatre

June Jenkins, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Chris Williamson, Beauty & The Beast – IES

Amy Bullock as Sammy the dog, Goodnight Mister Tom– Barnstormers

Champagne Moment

Feeding Aunt Ada, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

The bull, Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

The opening bombardment, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

The fall of poppies at the end, Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Clifford’s ‘resurrection’ in Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Best Direction

June Jenkins for Cold Comfort Farm – West Huntspill

Neil Howiantz for Mayfly – Street Theatre Co

Mark Payne for Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Jane Leakey for Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians

Gordon Neagle Cup

West Huntspill Players for Cold Comfort Farm

Tickenham Drama Group for Habeas Corpus

Best Production

Mayfly – Street Theatre

Regeneration – Swan Theatre Co

Goodnight Mister Tom – Barnstormers

Deathtrap – Taunton Thespians