St Alban’s Players in national finals of One Act Festival

July 04 2016

St. Alban's Players, who have been producing award-winning amateur theatre in Westbury Park since 1973, have made a historic achievement.

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St. Alban's Players, who have been producing award-winning amateur theatre in Westbury Park since 1973, have made a historic achievement.

Alongside the normal season this year, they entered into the British One Act Festival competition, and for the first time, have made it to the British Finals. The event will take place at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff, over the weekend of July 1-2.  

Pamela Moline, publicity officer for the group, said: “We are incredibly proud of our achievement, and excited to share the news with the wider Bristol community!”  

St Alban's Players entry of Jimmie Chinn's 'Interior Designs' won the All England Theatre Festival of One Act Plays held in Maidenhead. They now proceed to represent England in the 83rd British Final, competing against the winning teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Director  Barbara Crass praised the commitment and dedication of the four members of her cast, Gill Cowen, Rebecca Haselhurst, Andrea Pleasant and Rory Adamson.  She was highly impressed with her technical crew, Betty Wills, Charlie Whitehead, John Davey and Jeremy Livitt, whose tireless work since the first performance at the preliminary round held at the Olympus Theatre, Bristol, in February has been outstanding and so appreciated. 

Barbara said: “The cast and crew have worked so hard and with great pleasure whilst exploring Jimmy Chinn’s dramatic comedy. He always writes wonderfully insightful parts for women and in this play a particularly challenging role for the man. It has been great fun uncovering the many layers within each character. All fingers are crossed for a happy time together with the host country in Cardiff.”

St Alban’s Player’s won two eliminating Western Area Festivals: a quarter final at the Backwell Playhouse, and semi final at the Merlin Theatre, Frome, awarding them the Western Area entry in the English Final. They competed against stiff competition from the winning teams from Northern, Central and Eastern Areas to win the English Final.