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October 16 2016, News The Phoebe Rees

A crowded house for the Phoebe Rees Awards

A record 160 people, representing all 12 of the Societies who entered the 2015/16 Phoebe Rees Competition, gathered at the Shrubbery Hotel in Ilminster last night to celebrate another wonderful year of amateur theatre. The Phoebe Rees Competition is the Somerset Fellowship of Drama’s full-length play competition and the awards ceremony is the highlight of the season.

The evening was hosted by moderator Clive Wooldridge who said that the standard this year was as high as it had ever been, as evidenced by the broad range of nominations. He made the point that it was really difficult to get a nomination nowadays – both the adjudicator and the moderator had to consider the performance to be exceptional in order to get onto the list – and he congratulated all those present who had been singled out in this way.

He read out the nominations in each category and then a very brief excerpt from the winning adjudication before announcing the chosen winner who came up to receive their award from the adjudicator responsible. Photos taken by Roger Price are available on Photobox (www.photobox.co.uk/album/2822774545 ), password Saturday.

This year there was a new award – The Gordon Neagle Memorial Cup – which was to be given to the Best Non-Theatre Production in memory of Gordon, who had done so much for the SFD in its first 10 years or so, and who died all too early in September 2014. His widow Jo was there to present the award to Tickenham Drama Group for their stunning production of Steel Magnolias. She reminded some of us afterwards that Gordon had started his own touring theatre group, called Easy Life Theatre, in the early 90s and that he would have wholeheartedly approved of honouring Societies who put on great theatre in village halls, town halls, leisure centres and outdoors.

Anna Bowerman, who retired last year as Phoebe Rees Coordinator, had been invited as guest of honour and was delighted to present the final two awards of the evening; Lyn Lockyer won Best Direction for Ilminster Entertainments Society’s When We Are Married and Frome Drama Club won the Phoebe Rees Trophy for Best Production for Our Town, directed by Cheryl St George, pictured with Anna below.

The adjudication team this year comprised: Clive Wooldridge as  Moderator, and Polly English, Philip de Glanville, Lyn Lockyer, Hilary May, Dave Walsham and Lynne Wooldridge as Adjudicators. The competition coordinator is Philip de Glanville

The winners are listed below.

EFFECTS

Swan Theatre Co             Ghostwriter

SOUND

Barnstormers                    Pygmalion

PROPS

West Huntspill Players         ‘Allo ‘Allo

STAGE MANGEMENT

CUDOS                                The Vicar Of Dibley

CREATIVE LIGHTING

Frome Drama Club            Our Town

COSTUMES                                                                

West Huntspill Players         ‘Allo ‘Allo

SET CONSTRUCTION

Street Theatre                         Noises Off

CREATIVE SET DESIGN        

Tickenham Drama Group       Steel Magnolias

YOUTH PERFORMANCE UNDER 16                           

Amelia Sharp as Rebecca Gibbs     Our Town    Frome

FEMALE PERFORMANCE UNDER 21

Amy Kemp as Abigail            The Crucible            Swan Theatre Co

MALE PERFORMANCE UNDER 21

Joe Bell as Kevin                 Outside Edge              West Huntspill Players

CAMEO (FEMALE)

Charlotte Briggs as Edith      Blithe Spirit           @2K

CAMEO (MALE)

Mark Rudd as Hedley          Ghostwriter              Swan Theatre Co

ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE

Rosie Taylor as Joan Weech        The Titfield Thunderbolt           @2K

ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE

Ian Muton-Phillips as Harry       The Ladykillers                  Street Theatre

ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE                                   

Penny Williams as Eliza                Pygmalion                Barnstormers

ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE

David Pitts as Henry Higgins      Pygmalion               Barnstormers

BEST ARTISTIC IMPRESSION

Street Theatre                                  The Ladykillers

GEORGE CROCKER TROPHY

CUDOS                                             The Vicar of Dibley

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

Barnstormers                        The opening of Pygmalion

GORDON NEAGLE MEMORIAL TROPHY

Tickenham Drama Group       Steel Magnolias

BEST DIRECTION

Lyn Lockyer       When We Are Married          IES

BEST PRODUCTION                                      

Frome Drama Club                 Our Town

 

The Best Direction Award was won by Lyn Lockyer

The Best Direction Award was won by Lyn Lockyer

Best Production Award - Frome Drama Club

Best Production Award – Frome Drama Club