BHAC DRAMA AWARDS 2018

Listed in order of Public Adjudication dates, entries have been received from the following theatre groups:

 

Hurstpierpoint Players,  High Street, Hurstpierpoint

Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett

September 18th – 22nd at 8pm

Public Adjudication: Friday 21st September

The antics at the Wicksteed home are a satirical merry-go-round.  Family, friends and the sexual satisfaction of the “corpus” (body) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through a dance of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

 

Burgess Hill Theatre Club, Burgess Hill Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill

A Steady Rain by Keith Huff

September 18th – 22nd at 8pm

Public Adjudication: Saturday 22nd September

 “A Steady Rain” is a gritty two-hander that explores various relationships and complex bonds formed and grown on the tough streets of Chicago.  Often amusing and violent in equal measure , we follow Joey and Denny who have been best friends since school as they try to survive as policemen on the unforgiving streets of Chicago.  With biting , often poetic repartee & a rainbow of coloured dialogue , we journey with the two friends & a host of other characters on a fateful journey of love & life & family & pimps & drink & drugs……… and ultimately ask ourselves what is true Friendship!

 

Wick Theatre Company, The Barn Theatre, Southwick

Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

September 26th – 29th at 7:45pm

Public Adjudication: Friday 28th September

Wonderful funny farce – three couples successively occupying the same suite in the Plaza Hotel.  A marriage in tatters, a search for sexual diversion and a mother and father trying to coerce their daughter out of the bathroom, on her wedding day….wild and uproarious!”

 

New Venture Theatre, New Venture Theatre, Brighton

Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon

October 5th – 13th at 7:45pm, Sunday matinee at 2:30pm, no performance Monday

Public Adjudication: Saturday 6th September

A chance encounter at a conference hotel plays upon high-flying Kitty’s mind as she struggles to balance personal freedom with family life, friendships, fidelity, ageing parents and a testing job.  Blisteringly truthful and wonderfully funny, Happy Now? is a wise and darkly comic take on contemporary life and how to survive it.

 

Southwick Players, The Barn Theatre, Southwick

The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams

October 10th – 13th at 7:30pm

Public Adjudication: Thursday 11th October

Into a tiny Welsh mining village in 1900 steams an opinionated and driven English woman – determined to educate them all, whether they like it or not.  Into this mix of opposites is thrown the most talented, if uneducated, Welsh miner that she has ever seen, and she sets him on the road to a future nobody ever dreamed possible.  A story of triumph over adversity, of following your heart, following your dreams.  Of conflict and sorrow.  Of inspiration.

 

Rottingdean Drama Society, Rottingdean Village Hall

Mother Courage and her Children by Bertolt Brecht

October 10th -13th at 7:45pm, Saturday matinee at 2pm

Public Adjudication: Friday 12th October

In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from war.  Described as the greatest anti-war play of all time, written in response to Germany’s invasion of Poland in ’39, it is set in the 30 years war 1618-48.

 

Henfield Theatre Company, Henfield Hall

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

October 18th – 20th at 7:45pm

Public Adjudication: Saturday 20th October

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley.  Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

 

Saints Theatre Group, St Paul’s, Worthing

The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley

October 24th – 26th at 7:45pm

Public Adjudication: Friday 26th October

A young man accidentally strands six passengers at a small Cornish wayside station.  Despite the Cornish Stationmaster’s weird stories of a ghost train, they decide to stay the night in the waiting room.  Soon they regret this decision as ghostly (and not so ghostly) apparitions materialize…

 

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s Adjudicator will be Jane Collins, Professor of Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Art.  She is a writer, director and theatre-maker who has worked all over the UK, including Sheffield, Manchester and York and at the Royal Court Theatre in London.  Internationally she has strong links with the continent of Africa with projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and with the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.  She co-edited Theatre and Performance Design: a Reader in Scenography, published by Routledge in March 2010.  This book, with over 52 texts, is the first of its kind in this field.  In 2009, Collins restaged the award-winning Ten Thousand Several Doors for the Brighton International Festival and her essay on this production is included in the collection, Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice published in autumn 2012.  Jane is a member of TrAIN and in 2014 was awarded a network grant from the AHRC, Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique.  A chapter on this project ‘Scenography Matters: Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique’ appears in Scenography Expanded, an introduction to contemporary performance design, Bloomsbury 2017.  She is founding member of UAL Performance Network, an interdisciplinary network of artists who run workshops and performance-related events across the university and co-editor of the Routledge journal Theatre and Performance Design.