Friday, 24 September 2021

HAODS actors praised for festival performances

ACTORS from Henley amateur groups were praised for their "totally believable performances" in this year?s drama festival which ended at the Kenton last Saturday night.

ACTORS from Henley amateur groups were praised for their "totally believable performances" in this year?s drama festival which ended at the Kenton last Saturday night.

David Henson, adjudicator of the 42nd Henley Drama Festival of One Act Plays, awarded three of the 12 prizes to Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society and another to the Henley Players.

Mr Henson, head of performance and musical theatre at London College of Music, said he had had an "interesting and enjoyable week" and added: "I have seen several fearless and energetic productions."

HAODS scooped three prizes for their play, World Without Memory by Seth Kramer, about a man?s battle with encroaching dementia.

Richard Evans, who played the leading role, Abe, won best actor award, while Angharad Jones won best actress for her portryal of his daughter, Robin. The play was also declared runner-up in the open award for best play of the festival.

Mr Henson awarded the adjudicator?s discretionary diamond shield ? the prize for the festival?s "magic moment" ? to Frank Auger of Henley Players who stepped in as a substitute and learned his lines in four days for his role as "dad" in Alan Bennett?s comedy, Say Something Happened. Geoff Atkinson, who was cast in the role originally, had to stand down at the last moment due to illness.

Mr Henson said David had allowed the maxim ?The show must go on!? to be fully appreciated.

First prize in the open category, for best overall play, was given to Oxford Theatre Guild B for Moving Scenes, a new play by Michael Taylor.

The Oxford Theatre Guild B also won prizes for best original play, best supporting role and the Jean Sutherland memorial Award for direction.

HAODS winning team: back row, Kevin Goodfellow as Bob, James Gwynne as Bob 2, and front row, Richard Evans who won best actor as Abe and Angharad Jones, best actress, as Robin in World Without Memory.

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