Southwick shows win prizes at awards night

Two Southwick companies were presented with prizes at the glittering Brighton and Hove Drama Awards 2012 last week.

The adjudicator was Sian Webber, who has acted extensively on stage and TV for more than 20 years, and is appearing at the moment as Richie Scott, the lawyer, in Eastenders.

Wick Theatre Company and the Southwick Players were up against Lewes Theatre Club, Burgess Hill Theatre Club and New Venture Theatre Club, with live performances being judged from September to November.

For their October production of Visiting Mr Green, Southwick Players landed the prestigious Arthur Churchill Award for Excellence.

The publicity team was also judged the best for its promotion of the play.

Cast members Ron Common and Ross Gardiner were both nominated for the title of best actor.

Meanwhile, the company was named as runner-up for the Bea Waters Challenge Cup for best overall production.

The players were also nominated in several other categories, including best stage set, best stage crew and best director.

Wick Theatre Company’s September production of Calendar Girls also merited some awards.

Sheelagh Baker won the title of best supporting actress for her performance as Jessie, while Maggi Pierce and Cherry Briggs carried off the prize for best costumes.

Katie Brownings (playing Chris) was runner-up for the best actress award, while the company was nominated in an array of other categories, such as best stage crew, best sound design, best lighting design and best technical achievement.

Overall winner was Brighton’s New Venture Theatre for its production of The Price by Arthur Miller.

Nigel Bubloz, president of Southwick Players, told the Herald: “We always delight in taking part in the BHAC Drama Awards, and have done so for many years now.

“The competition is always very strong, and to receive the award for publicity and excellence was fantastic recognition for our great team (both on stage and behind the scenes) of Visiting Mr Green.”

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