Woking Festival Results
Impressive collection of silverware and nominations at Woking Drama Festival
RDG's entry in the 2016 Woking Drama Festival was Almost Nothing - a play by Marcos Barbosa, translated by Marc O'Thomas. The play was chosen at short notice as another play intended for the festival had to be abandoned three weeks before the festival. Having adjusted the sound, lighting and set, the cast and director set to learning the new play with great concentration. All was worth the effort in the end. The play was recalled for the final night of the festival and came away with five trophies - Runner Up, Best Actor (Troy Chessman), Best Supporting Actress (Jill Coles), the Technical Excellence Shield and the Spotlight Award for Lighting (Simon Waller).
In addition, newcomer to RDG Freddie Hack received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor and there was also a nomination for Best Sound (Ian Santry).
Our youth entry - a new play by Lottie Finklaire - A + E was highly praised by the adjudicator Mike Kaiser - in fact four of the youth entries in the festival were in the top seven places overall. The production won two awards - Best Supporting Actor for Maxfield Usher and Best Junior Player for Maisy Jacobs. There were two nominations for awards too - for Lighting (Bill Payne and Ian Thomas) and well-deserved recognition for Nancy Lund, who puts a huge amount of time and effort into the RDG Youth group, and was nominated for the Best Director Award.
Congratulations to everyone! It's on to the Spelthorne Festival next week where both plays will be competing again.