Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Players nominated for starring roles at Kenton

THE Poulos family from Remenham Hill have burned a lot of tyre-rubber going to awards ceremonies in the past two

THE Poulos family from Remenham Hill have burned a lot of tyre-rubber going to awards ceremonies in the past two years — and this year will be no exception, writes Lesley Potter. Theatre director Darrel, from the Henley Players, and his actress wife Suri have picked up top level award nominations for three consecutive years for their shows.

That has meant a trip to Essex or Hertfordshire for the ceremonies and Darrel will be getting into his car for the long journey around the M25 again next month.

Darrel directed the Henley Players’ production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors at the Kenton Theatre in March, which has received nominations in three categories in the National Operatic and Drama Association (NODA) London Region awards this year — Best Production, Best Actress for Sally Rowlandson as leading lady, Poupay, and Best Actor for Mike Rowbottom as Reece.

Darrel said: “I was told early in my career as a director that getting the right cast together accounted for about 85 per cent of the play’s success. My cast for Communicating Doors certainly proved my mentor’s theory. It was a delight working with such a talented cast.”

His production of Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce was also nominated two years ago but just missed out on winning.

His wife Suri went one better last year when her starring role in 84 Charing Cross Road cleaned up at the awards. That show will be reprised at the Kenton Theatre in September.

Mike Rowbottom said: “I’m astounded to be nominated. I can’t see me winning it but just to get the nomination out of so many performances and shows in the region is a great recognition and I’m more than happy with that.”

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