Our Drama Festival, convened by Linda Stabler with the help of the Festival Committee was very successful, with excellent audiences on all three performance nights, and the Awards Night was completely sold out. There was a wonderful atmosphere and camaraderie between the competitors, which lasted from opening night right through to the end of the Awards Evening. It was a lot of hard work, but very satisfying. Mark Wilson and Anthony Bignell, the adjudicators, were very impressed with the smooth organisation of the event, and the high standard of acting and production they were presented with. There was a wonderfully varied choice of plays, and they said that this was definitely not the “'village hall fare” that they had expected.
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The entertainment for the Awards Night, a Richard Harris play called Albert was directed by Linda Stabler and performed by three of our younger actors, James Hodge, Sarah Walker, and Simon Hendry. It was a great success, and set the tone for the whole evening. Estelle Warriner, a longstanding member of the society, presented the awards. Our own entry was The Cloak by Clifford Bax, directed by Doug Yule and performed by Jan Zingel, Hermin Daley, and Julia Yule which did extremely well coming away with a "Best Direction" certificate and nominations in three other categories.The overall winning play was One Seasons King performed by The Grafham Rustics but everyone seemed to gain something from the evening.