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The Unknown Theatre were, once again, a force to be reckoned with at the Glamorgan Drama League's Glammies Awards Night, held once more at the Barry Memo Hall, on 21 May 2006.

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There were some changes to the Glammies format this year. Previously, all the evening's entertainment was at the beginning of the event, with the buffet and then all the awards following afterwards. This year, the entertainment was interspersed through the evening, which was a great success - and adult groups did some extracts this time too, some from shows which hadn't been entered for the Glammies. There was some great entertainment from Cardiff Players, Swansea Little Theatre and Orbit Theatre who did some songs from their recent production of Witches of Eastwick, which everyone enjoyed.

But despite the changes, it still worked out that Unknown opened the evening, with a series of songs from Seussical. In full costume, and in great voice, Unknown kept up their usual standard (you could tell this from the comments from the audience such as "Wow!") of setting the tone for what was to be a great evening.

In recent years, members of adult groups have called for the Young Glammies awards to be held on a different night, as too often the behaviour of the many of the youth groups present is not very good. Not Unknown members, though, who showed once again that they know how to behave themselves and represent themselves and the Company well. Some of the noisier groups of previous years weren't around this year, and many of the adult groups commented on how much better it was this year. It was good to hear that no-one seemed to be calling for a separate event.

But to the awards...

This was the first year that Unknown had entered plays into the Glammies, and we were delighted to receive several nominations. As we've experienced in previous years with musical productions, on a number of occasions, we had members from the same show competing against each other for the same award!

 

 

A few weeks before The Glammies night, the long list of nominations is released. Here are all the Unknown nominations for 2005-06:

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE - MUSICAL
James Costas-Michael : Druswyn (Dance of the Dragon)
Sam Jones : Jo-Jo (Seussical)
Mark Johncock:The Cat (Seussical)
Matt Atkins: Horton(Seussical)
  BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE - MUSICAL
Giorgia Warsama: Guinevere (Dance of the Dragon)
Justine Mead: Soulcatcher (Dance of the Dragon)
Jenny Donoghue: Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical)
Olivia Spence: Sour Kangaroo (Seussical)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE DRAMA
Harry Ferrier: Peter (The Zoo Story)
David Sheehan: Jerry (The Zoo Story)
  BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE DRAMA
Melissa Moore: Lynette (Can't Stand Up for Falling Down)
Amy Way : Jodie (Can't Stand Up for Falling Down)
and here ... (drum roll) ... are ... (even louder drum roll) ... THE WINNERS!
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE - MUSICAL
Jenny Donoghue: Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical)
  BEST YOUTH DRAMA PRODUCTION
(The Zoo Story)
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE DRAMA
David Sheehan: Jerry (The Zoo Story)
  BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE DRAMA
Amy Way : Jodie (Can't Stand Up for Falling Down)
MODERATOR'S AWARD
Matt Atkins: Horton (Seussical)
   

We didn't quite get there for the Best Youth Musical Production, but not least because of the standard of the evening's opening performance, everyone acknowledged that Seussical had been a great production, and that we must have been close!

But for all those who won, and all those who didn't: we were proud of you all. The Glammies is an opportunity to look back over the year and take stock of what we've achieved as a company, and the awards are an opportunity to celebrate some of the best of it. 2005-06 was a goodie. Let's make 2006-07 even better!

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