Nominations for Awards for Dizzy Boo - Easter Festival of Plays
Life seems idyllic when viewed from the barbecue terraces of the exclusive Saxons Mead housing estate overlooking lush meadows to the river, with good friends and good food. But what happens when someone with no hope, no friends and no food finds their way onto the estate? And when the harsh realities and demands of the outside world begin to threaten the tranquillity and exclusivity? Will Nick’s selfish choices mean a happy life for him and wife Donna, leaving old friends Ben and Paddy and new friends Jez and Louise to suffer, or will the consequences mean changes for them all? And just what does Dizzyboo mean to each of them?
Awards for Another Fine Mess and Housebound - Winners of Lighthorne Festival of One Act Plays with Housebound
Another Fine Mess
Laurel and Hardy still make people laugh, 95 years after their first movie together. Stan and Ollie’s slapstick comedy and hilarious gags are popular with young and old alike.Their rib-tickling rendition of Trail of the Lonesome Pine - performed in the 1937 film Way Out West - even got to Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975 after being championed by John Peel on Radio 1.Theirs was a partnership - and friendship - that lasted a lifetime.In Another Fine Mess, we meet Stephen and Phil whose tribute act to Laurel and Hardy includes some of the duo’s classic sketches.But as they rehearse in the back room of a pub, real life intervenes. A shocking revelation from Phil strains their relationship, possibly to destruction.
"Awards for Scaramouche Jones"
- Best Play
- Best Male performance
- Audience Appreciation
- Best Costume/Make Up
- Best Set Concept Design
2013 Welwyn Drama Festival
- Audience Appreciation Award
The pale-faced child born at midnight on New Year's Eve 1899 in a dingy Trinidad knocking shop, Scaramouche's life has been a vivid odyssey through extraordinary adventures, crumbling empires and the darkest episodes of the 20th century. Now, Millennium Eve 1999, Scaramouche steps out of the circus ring and reveals the loves, brutalities, comedies and tragedies that created him.
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN
September in the Rain is John Godber's heart-warming comedy which follows the lives of Yorkshire couple Liz and Jack, through their annual trek across The Pennines to holiday in Blackpool.
From their honeymoon to a final pilgrimage some forty years later, it covers a golden era of kiss me quick hats, donkey rides, trips up Blackpool Tower, fun fair rides and fish and chips in the bus shelter on a wet and windy promenade.
Based loosely on Godber's own grandparents, the two recollect some of the most memorable events from their lives together as they laugh and bicker their way through various trips. From a once in a lifetime stay at The Metropole Hotel, to their more usual guesthouses run by formidable landladies, the play evokes memories of the classic British seaside holiday.
The two encounter a multitude of characters during their holidays, and in typical Godber style, the two actors play all the parts.
THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE
A light-hearted collection of sketches, songs and anecdotes inspired by the works and reputation of William Shakespeare. Originally created for the Royal Shakespeare Company in April 1993 for the annual birthday celebrations, it subsequently transferred to the Barbican Theatre and the West End. It includes extracts from Alan Bennett, Noel Coward, Richmal Crompton, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Miller, Bill Oddie, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Victoria Wood and many others. The result is a sparkling entertainment in the revue tradition, performed by six versatile actors and their pianist. You never knew Shakespeare could be so much fun!
"Awards for Days of Wine & Roses"
British All Winners Festival:
- Best Play
- Adjudicator's Special Award
- Backstage Award
- Audience Appreciation Award
Easter Festival of Plays:
- Best Play
- Best Drama
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
Days of Wine and Roses
by Owen McCafferty tells the bittersweet love story of a couple on the loose in London on the cusp of the swinging sixties, this version is a re-imagining of hit film starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
One drink is all it takes to change the lives of Donal and Mona as they relocate from sleepy Belfast to the most happening city on the planet, and the play examines the way each of them deals with a relationship that becomes almost too powerful to bear.
The play was a huge hit when first produced at the Donmar Warehouse in London and now White Cobra founders Kate Billingham and Richard Jordan play the central couple.
This play contains occasional use of strong language
Hancock’s Last Half Hour
The title tells all. Barricaded in his Sydney hotel bedroom with plentiful stocks of vodka, the lad from East Cheam casts a bleary eye over his wrecked career and marriages before swallowing the last handful of pills. Hancock’s Last Half Hour is written by someone who knows and loves his subject, and has the technical skill to cut across chronological time and re-create Hancock entire, through the inflections, attitudes and verbal shorthand which Hancock gave to English speech.
Hancock’s battered mind jumps dazzlingly about, through the wilderness of comic theory including Freud (“How would he go down second house at the Glasgow Empire?”) teasing the reader, confiding to a stags head on the wall, and sending up disconsolate prayers to Bertrand Russell, even though, as he finally observes, “There’s not a clown in the sky.”
This play contains occasional use of strong language.