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Extracts from the Glammies Moderator's report

 

"As I have come to enjoy from The Unknown, the setting was just right... very simple but effective the set design provided a good platform for the actors at various stages in the performance and a focal point for some of the movement" ... "Excellent costumes from the first scene when all the animals were in white through all the changes" ... "Overall a very enjoyable performance from a highly talented group of young performers. All of the acting, singing and dancing achieved a very good standard and direction and design was really good."

... "The Unknown continue to go from strength to strength showcasing so many talented performers. They are disciplined both on and off stage and their teamwork is so visible during their performances. I always enjoy their shows and this was no exception. They strive for perfection and very often achieve it."

Dorothy and Fiona Wright (not a review, but a lovely letter received by the company after the show)

Just a note to say how very much Fiona and I enjoyed Just So . What a wonderful, cheerful, happy entertaining evening we had. The enthusiasm of the whole troupe was amazing. They have all obviously put heart and soul into every last step, dance and smile.
We were at the opening night of Guys and Dolls recently and of course it was a lovely production but I must say I didn't laugh as much or get as emotional as watching those wonderful young people. You must be very proud of yourselves and all the hard work that went into the production.

another letter of support, from Rob & Tina Burbidge

 

This is just a quick note to say 'thank you' and congratulations for the production of Just So which my family and I attended on Saturday evening. (We're fans of Stiles & Drewe anyway, having produced Honk! Twice for amateurs and seen it many times.) The cast and crew did a tremendous job. Our two boys were entranced: the two-year-old managed to follow much of the story and was really quite upset when the crocodile was attacking the elephant child (you may have heard his remarks from the second row). And our baby of six months while not understanding what was going on, was none the less very keen to watch for nearly the whole production ... Well done to everyone, and please keep us informed of any future productions. We are based in Swindon, Wiltshire so we can't see everything, but you're on our list of companies to see!


 

Awards

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Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Kayed Mason and Jonathon Moore Kayed and JonathanSpecial Moderator's Award for the double-act of Parsee and Cooking Stove
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Kayed Mason: Parsee Shortlisted for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Jonathon Moore: Cooking Stove Shortlisted for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Matthew Atkins: Rhino Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Adam King : Eldest Magician Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Andrew Machin: Leopard Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Steven Donoghue: Jaguar Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Melissa Moore: The Kolokolo Bird Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Kelly Littlechild: Zebra Shortlisted for Best Actress in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 Claire Batchelor: Giraffe Nominated for Best Actress in a Musical
Glamorgan Drama League Glammies 2007 The Show Shortlisted for Best Youth Musical


And more...

The Wales Millennium Centre has a policy that shows in the Weston Studio have to open either 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after the show in the main house, to avoid the problem of everything happening at once. Just So co-incided with the touring production of Guys and Dolls in the main house, so it was agreed we'd open at 7pm and 2pm. However, just about every piece of printed literature about the show (except for the tickets, thankfully) which had been created by someone else other than Unknown, said that we were starting at 7.30 or 2.30. Luckily, most people read their tickets....

The traffic jams in Cardiff were so bad the night of the dress rehearsal, some of the cast members had to leave their cars and run from the city centre to get to the theatre in time... There were still traffic problems the next day, and one of the Glamorgan Drama League's Glammies appraisers, Peter Griffiths, missed the show altogether as a result.

 

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About the show  
Dates 20 October 2006 - 7pm
21 October 2006 - 2pm and 7pm
Venue Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
Director Vic Atkins
Choreographer Vic Atkins
Musical director Ben Davies
Producer Jane Donoghue
Special facts

This was an Associated Production of The Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre, which takes place biannually in and around Cardiff. It wasn't easy to get on the Festival's listings, and we were delighted to be included. The weekend the show ran was the busiest of the Festival with several other short-run shows on at the same time, but we still got good houses.

Well over 100 costumes for this show: Committee member Geraldine Roberts once again rolled up her sleeves and sewed and sewed. Our very own 'Just Sew' lady.

Once again, sterling support from Annette Littlechild working tirelessly in the background, and extremely valuable help from UWIC students (further details to follow).

Photos from the show

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