Nidderdale and District Drama Festival
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This year's Area semi final took place over the weekend of 6/7 May at Saltburn Community Theatre. Although a cold wind blew in from the North Sea, near capacity audiences on both nights were kept warm by varied repertoire across a range of genres. Saltburn '53, on their own turf, not only planned and organised the event superbly under the leadership of Sheenah Taylor but were also one of the participating groups. Robert Meadows (GODA) provided astute and thoughtful assessments from the stage, leavened with his customary humour.
Dewsbury Arts Group, always powerful contenders, opened the Saturday show with ACTING LEADER, a two-
Carlton Players from Birkenhead followed with the ubiquitously performed THE FAT LADY SINGS IN LITTLE GRIMLEY by David Tristram. You either love or hate this kind of repertoire but the four performers certainly relished the task and played the humour for all it was worth. It would be good to see more of this group (the proud occupants of THE LITTLE THEATRE in Birkenhead) in different repertoire. There is certainly confident and experienced talent in their ranks.
Saturday concluded with Saltburn '53's cast of thousands under the (always imaginative and inspiring) direction of Sue Pierce, performing the intriguingly titled MOLES AND THE HABITS OF BIRDS by Evan Roberts (a pseudonym). The title is taken from the report of the Tribunal of Enquiry into the Aberfan disaster and the play dramatises, through the eyes of selected families, the run-
Blackburn Drama Club opened the Sunday show with ADDRESS UNKNOWN, a dramatisation of an epistolary novel by Kathrine Kressman Taylor. Set in the mid 1930s in both America and Germany, the play traces the deteriorating relationship between Max, an immigrant Jewish American, and his close friend and (non-
Cumbria Amateur Theatre Society followed with BLOOD ON CANVAS by Richard James. CATS are a small group who always make the most of their resources. At festivals they specialise in performing out-
Sedgfield Players concluded the weekend's action with THE REGINA MONOLOGUES by Rebecca Russell and Jenny Wafer. This intriguing play, a modern take on the six wives of Henry VIII, reveals the inner thoughts, feelings and emotions of six women who have been married to a wealthy and influential business man. The play pulls no punches in its language and intimate, no-
THE HARRY MELLOR CUP (Best Décor) -
THE PAUL DYSON TROPHY (Adjudicator's discretionary award) -
THE TSB SILVER SALVER (Best Actress) -
THE ELMA TROPHY (Best Actor) -
THE SILVER STAG (Team going forward to the AETF Grand Final) -
The result was a very close-
IAN CLARKE -