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Glamorgan Drama League Moderator's report

This Property is Condemned:

"A good performance from two young and talented actors. They displayed confidence and related strongly to their roles."

"Overall a very good production in all aspects."

Glamorgan Drama League Moderator's report

Crave:

"A good production, with excellent team work and four characters that associated well with the material and each other."

"I didn't enjoy this play; I don't think it was done for enjoyment. I did admire the direction, production and the acting and it is very difficult to say anything except 'excellent'."


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Glamorgan Drama League One-Act Play Festival Crave Youth Award 2008
Glammies 2008 Crave

crave cast in action

 

Best Youth Drama Production 2007-08

Glammies 2008

Crave: Adam King (B)

Shortlisted for Best Actor in a Youth Drama award
Glammies 2008

Crave: Andrew Machin (A)

Andrew as AWinner of Best Actor in a Youth Drama award
Glammies 2008

This Property is Condemned: Rhys Edwards (Tom)

Shortlisted for Best Actor in a Youth Drama award
Glammies 2008

Crave: Lorun Roberts (C)

Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Youth Drama award
Glammies 2008

Crave: Bethan Thomas (M)

Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Youth Drama award
Glammies 2008

This Property is Condemned: Rhianna Davies (Willie)

Rhianna as Willie

Winner of Best Actress in a Youth Drama award



And more...    

Here's the company receiving the Youth Award for Crave at the One-Act Play Festival

David Hedley Williams, GODA Adjudicator is in the background. Teri McCarthy, Chair of the GDL is on the left. Bethan and Andrew are in costume as they had been part of the group performing during the time the adjudicator was making his final decisions. Adam had performed too.

We were faced with a dilemma with this production: with 3 weeks to go, one of the original cast members of Crave dropped out because of work pressures. The situation was exacerbated because between the drop-out date and the first performance in Cardiff was only about 3 weeks. During this time, we had to allow all the necessary space for the main company production of Return to the Forbidden Planet, in which 3 of the cast members were performing..

We were on the verge of withdrawing the production completely, but Bethan Thomas came to our rescue and spent the time doing nothing but line learning...

Because of the situation, on the night of the Cardiff performance, when the Glammies appraisers were in, we were tempted to apologise in advance in case any prompts were needed, but ultimately we decided to go ahead without making any apologies. And it was the right decision!

The cast managed to pull it together - after only 3 rehearsals together - and boy, did they make the audience sit up and listen...

This Property is Condemned went very smoothly in comparison, even if we did have some fun making Rhys's braces stay on, and getting Rhianna to look grubby enough...

Sterling support as ever from the Littlechild family, especially Kelly who assisted Lon throughout the rehearsal process, did the makeup, prompted and generally was as much part of the team as the cast. Annette Littlechild once again came up trumps helping out wherever needed, as did Wendy and Nigel Davies, helping with costume and set, and Barrie Jones who managed to straighten out our railway lines - and keep them straight!

Top efforts too on the technical side from Steven Donoghue (sound) and Jack Latham (lighting) for the Cardiff performance, and the same from the Swansea crew (Andrew Merrell and Mike Rainey) when we performed at the One-Act Festival. The whole Swansea crew: Ben, Ryan et al were their usual helpful and supportive selves and made the whole Festival experience so enjoyable. Even if Mike thought the (intentional) blackout was a mistake and brought the lights up full with the actors not knowing what to do for a whole scene (Crave)! But Andrew got the levels for the Cannonball Express in Condemned just right, despite their recording being louder than the engine itself!

Thanks to all and everyone who helped to make the shows such a success.

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About the show  
Dates Saturday 12th April 2008
Venue Roath Church House, Cardiff
Director Lon David assisted by Kelly Littlechild
Choreographer n/a
Musical director n/a
Producer Jane Donoghue
Special facts

These two plays were This Property is Condemned, by Tennessee Williams, and Crave by Sarah Kane. Two very contrasting plays, we linked them under the sub heading Two very different perspectives on women's lives.

These plays were our entries for the GDL One-Act Play Festival in Swansea. It was particularly important for us to enter strong shows this year, as the Welsh final was to be in Blackwood, and the British final in Swansea. So we wanted to give ourselves the best possible opportunity to get through this year, if ever!

We performed Crave in Swansea on Friday 18th April, to great acclaim from the adjudicator - and the Youth Award! - and Condemned on the Saturday night. The adjudicator harboured a few reservations about the show, particularly its set, but was full of praise for the actors: their focus, their accents, their listening skills. We were all very proud. More stories about these shows below...

Photos from the show

crave photoClick on the photo to go to the relevant gallery. All photos by Jenny Hibbert.

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