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E=MC2 takes top awards at Dorset one act play festival

Four awards and six nominations for Tisbury newcomers E=MC2 Productions’ Hallowed Ground

Two original one act plays from Tisbury have jointly won the 2012 Dorset Drama League Festival of One Act Plays held at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre this month. The competition which acts as a preliminary round to the All-England Theatre Festival, culminates in the All-British Final at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven on 6-7 July this year.

Festival newcomers E=MC2 Productions’ Hallowed Ground, a play about Tisbury’s infamous characters such as William Beckford and Alice Kipling, written and directed by Elizabeth Coyle-Camp, and Dear Mother, a play from JNX Productions chronicling the letters of a young solider to his mother in World War 1, written and directed by Mark James, were awarded the Betty Palmer Trophy as the Festival’s overall winners. It is the first time both theatre groups have taken part in the 75-year-old Festival which was adjudicated by the eminent Louise Manders from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA).
The three-day Festival attracted audiences from across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset and as far as Holland to see eight very different one-act plays staged over three nights. Amateur dramatic groups competing in the event included Shaftesbury Arts Centre in An Incident at the Border by Kieran Lynn, directed by Jerome Swan and Barbara Arnold; the Broadstone Players with three plays Physcic (sic) written and directed by Sue Coussy and James Leyland; A Dog’s Life by Pam Valentine, directed by Barry Baynton, and Joining the Club by David Tristram, directed by Val Smith; and the Manor Royal Theatre Company from Portland which came with two plays, Albert by Eileen White, directed by Christopher Matthews and When the Bough Breaks by Gwyn Clark, directed by Beryl Clafton.
“This year’s Festival was a great success. It was a pleasure to welcome the new teams from Tisbury who performed brilliantly and to see others who had missed the last year or two,” says Simon Hunt, Secretary of the Dorset Drama League. ” Our adjudicator, Louise Manders, was an inspiration. The helpful advice she entertainingly gave was very well received and we hope that she will be able to return for future Festivals. The Arts Centre afforded us its usual generous hospitality. It is a perfect venue for a festival such as ours; well equipped with a perfectly sized stage. We were made very welcome.”
JNX Productions goes on to the next round of the All-England Theatre Festival competition on 5 May at The Athenaeum Centre, Warminster. E=MC2 Productions which has chosen not to compete in the next round will stage Hallowed Ground on 14 April at the Harold Jolliffe One Act Play Festival 2012 at the Swindon Arts Centre in Swindon.

Members of the cast of Hallowed Ground

Results of the 2012 Dorset Drama League Festival of One Act Plays:
The Ana Lyle Trophy – for Best Costumes 
 E=MC2 Productions, Tisbury – Hallowed Ground
The Veronica Hemsley-Sharman Trophy – for Best Stage Presentation
JNX Productions, Tisbury – Dear Mother
The Marjorie Styche Trophy – for Teamwork
Broadstone Players – A Dog’s Life
The Janet Wilson Trophy – The Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award
Sallyann Morris as Molly Peart in Hallowed Ground E=MC2 Productions
The Leslie Banks Trophy – for Best Individual Male Performance
Mark James as Senior Thomas
The Director’s Trophy
Elizabeth Coyle-Camp, E=MC2 Productions for Hallowed Ground
The Mary Newcombe Trophy – for Best Individual Female Performance
Lauren Homer, Broadstone, as Fiona in Physcic (sic)
Certificates of Merit
Anthony Atwood, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, as Reiver in An Incident at the Border and Peter Watson, Broadstone Players, as Fritz in A Dog’s Life
The Betty Palmer Trophy – for Overall Festival Winner
Hallowed Ground and Dear Mother
All amateur theatre groups in Dorset and from the adjacent counties are welcome to enter one act plays in the Dorset Drama League Festival which is held annually in early March.  For further information contact Simon Hunt on 01747 830242 or email to simon.hunt3@btinternet.com