One Act Play Semi-Finals Result
The play “Two Sisters” successfully made it through to the One Act Play Festival Semi-finals held at Nuneaton on Saturday 27th May 2017.
John Foreman, director of the play, reported the following “Very proud, but gutted and a sense of deja vu.
The team could not have given more or performed better than they did in the semi final of the All England Theatre Festival – but lost out by one mark to the team widely regarded as the best in the UK over many years -TACT of Tamworth.
Alison Kennerdell and Claire Bower were simply superb. And the adjudicator told me we matched TACT in every area – but he gave them one mark more for their very artistic set. It’s the second time TACT have pipped me by one mark at this stage -they did it in 2010 with Effie’s Burning. No complaints though, my own score card had the two teams equal well clear of the other 4 (very good) county winners. My very grateful thanks to everyone involved. It’s been a privilege. The adventure has been wonderful. We’ve picked up more silverware than ever before and it’s been 6 memorable months. Maybe next time…..”
President, Viv Window, who went along on the day said “Twelve hours in Nuneaton yesterday for the All England Semi Finals One Act Play Festival. Our wonderful little play “Two Sisters” missed out by one point to a group that consistently wins at the finals, and we got the Runners Up cup. Still a great honour and as an enjoyable entertainment it won hands down over clever pieces that were hard to understand. MANY congratulations to John, Claire and Alison and all the team.”
Claire Bower, who played one of the sisters posted “So we competed at the semi-final of the All England Theatre Festival and were crowned the runner’s up, one point behind the winners, the incredible TACT (who are also the many times festival champions). That means the end of our festival journey this time round, but I could not be happier or prouder of everything we’ve achieved. This whole thing has been the most incredible experience and I am so so proud to have been a part of the best team in the world. I have been so touched by the many many people who travelled miles to watch us perform several times over (seriously I think any one of them could have understudied for us at this stage!!), to the awesome Parsnips cast of “Cagebirds” , half of whom travelled to cheer us on in the competition even after their run finished – and I know the others would have done if they could. We have been bowled over by how lovely the other competing casts have been, particularity TACT and the the Abbey Players, who we got to know quite well throughout the various rounds and who made this so easy with their gracious support and fabulous team spirit. It was just such a great atmosphere!! Then there was the unbelievable backstage team whose never-ending skills and support made them the real heroes of it all. I can’t thank my first stage-sister, Christine, enough for helping me craft this character (who I’m really going to miss now) and for teaching me so much. I have been overwhelmed, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have been a part of it all. And to my sister Alison and director John – you will never know how grateful I am to you both. Friendship and fun is the biggest win in this whole thing for me and I want to thank you both for making that happen and for both being an ongoing inspiration.”