So after weeks of rehearsals, and keeping the play fresh in the casts minds, the team from Thurrock Courts Players made the long way
oop north to the National Finals of the Drama Festivals in Blackburn . They had exercised the right to be there after taking part in the Thurrock Drama Festival two weeks ago with Alan Ayckbournes play “How the Other Half Loves “.
The play had been performed at the Thameside back in May so the cast and crew had to keep the play alive so it could be performed at Blackburn.
Festivals are a funny animal and at regional heats you can be treated to exceptional drama or on occasion bizarre pieces that leave audiences baffled . This was the all winners though and groups from all over the country made the journey to the the delightful Thwaites theatre ,a 1930’s built former cinema.
The adjudicator Russell, sits through every one act and full length play, then dissects each one and praises or berates the poor actor or director. And each play is scored as well on its merits.
So Courts Players performed on the last Saturday night of the week long festival to a packed audience and brought the house down.
The adjudicator enjoyed the performance but preferred a gripping drama called “Someone to Watch Over Me ” performed by his local Halifax players . And worthy winners they were too.
However Thurrock courts players were delighted to win the audience award . That is to say that every member of the audience who had been each night got to vote on their favourite play and they chose the Thurrock entry
Director Vic Grey was delighted with the award saying that the effort in getting cast ,crew and scenery on the 500 mile journey had paid dividends and was a huge achievement, for the company.
Thurrock Courts Players return to the Thameside in October with “Tomb with a View”