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IMPACT Juniors Martyn Phillips
Best Junior Performer
OLD NEWS March 2013
Once again the Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival was an outstanding success with Tamworth Teams sweeping the board in both the adult and Youth sections of the Festival.
The Adjudicator Ben Humphrey described the week as one of the highest standards of performance and organisation that he had ever observed. He said it was wonderful to see so much support for youth groups within the area and said that Tamworth Council should be delighted with what was being achieved in the Borough.
Organiser Sue Fortune thanked the Staffordshire Community Fun for their help and in particular CC Michael Oates, CC John Wells and CC Ben Adams for helping to support the Festival. Michael Oates who presented the awards said that he was delighted to attend.
TACT-Total Arts Community Theatre and IMPACT Youth Theatre have swept the board with their Festival plays since the start of the 2012 season in February.
THE BIRMINGHAM FAME FESTIVAL 2012
Total Arts Community Theatre and IMPACT Youth theatre groups swept the board by gaining a total of ten TROPHIES. The adult group TACT performing the Tempest took:
• Best play in festival
• Best original script or adaptation.
• Technical achievement set and costumes.
• Best director Rebekah Fortune
• Best male performance- Chance Gallagher as Calaban
• Best female performance-Rebekah Fortune as Prospera
IMPACT Youth Group performed 3 plays, The Musicians of Bremen by IMPACT JUNIORS, Death of an Angel by IMPACT INTERS and A Thousand Cranes by IMPACT SENIORS. They gained the following awards;
• Birmingham stage one AETF Winner- with a Thousand Cranes, which meant that the group would go on to represent the Birmingham Area in the Central Area Quarter Finals of the All England Theatre Festival.
• Youth one act plays winner- The Musicians of Bremen.
• Audience Choice- A Thousand Cranes
• Adjudicators choice- Chloe Mander for creative work
Death of an Angel received an excellent adjudication and Megan Phillips who took over the part of Angel just 3 hours before the performance received a certificate of merit for the way that she played the part.
The following received nominations in different areas;
Sue Fortune and Chloe Mander for direction of IMPACT plays. Collette Harding for Antonia in the Tempest, Thousand Cranes for Technical Achievement, Rebecca Woolridge for Paris in Death of an Angel, Ciera Jones, Louis Crookes, George Harding and Nathan Phillips for Musicians of Bremen. Molly Crookes and Sam Beech for A Thousand Cranes.
The groups went on to win trophies at the Tamworth Hastilow Festival:
IMPACT- Best Youth play, Overall Runner Up in the whole festival (16 plays)
TACT- Best play in the festival, All England First Round Winner, Best stage presentation, Best script adaptation, Best Actress.
TACT- Took part in the Warwickshire Festival and once again took all the major awards.
IMPACT- Went on to win the Western Division Quarter Finals over adult winning plays from Birmingham, Hereford, Shropshire and Worcestershire. They then took part in the All England Semi Finals and gained the adjudicators award and third place, an excellent achievement for a youth team (A Thousand Cranes)
TACT-Went on to win the Central Area Finals over winning plays from Stoke, Warwickshire, Tamworth and Leicestershire. They then went on to the All England Semi Finals Where their “Stunning” production of the Tempest adapted and directed by Rebekah Fortune was declared the clear winner.
TACT will now represent the Central Area of England in both the All England section and the RSC section of the National Festival. The members are very excited about the Festival which takes place at The Worcester Swan Theatre on 9th and 10th June when the 4 winning Shakespeare plays from all over England will battle it out to see which one will appear at The Stratford RSC Swan Theatre in July. Then they will also be up against the 8 winning plays to find the winning team to represent England in the British Finals in Wales in July.
TACT’S TEMPEST will perform at Worcester in the Evening Session on Saturday 9th June and they would love people to come and support them.
Theatre box office 01905 611 427 £9 a session (2 plays) £15 double session or £25 all 8 plays over Saturday and Sunday and the Awards. (Afternoons 2.30pm and evenings 7pm)