Newport Playgoers Society finished its 86th season in style – with a best actor award and a successful run at Cornwall’s cliff-side Minack Theatre – and is now looking forward to staging its next season of eight productions at the Dolman Theatre.
The highlight of the Society’s recent AGM was the awarding of the prestigious Webley Prize for the best performance of the season. This year it was presented to Steve Saunders for his portrayal of the grumpy old retired professor, Norman Thayer, in the moving drama about family relationships, ‘On Golden Pond’.
“I was really pleased and proud to be voted the winner of this award, especially as I was up against some very tough competition from some of South Wales’s finest amateur acting talent,” said Steve. “It was a marvellous production despite all the problems we faced such as having to battle our way to rehearsals in heavy snow.”
The Webley Award is given by Playgoers each year in honour of Thomas Webley, the Society’s first President, who was Principal of Caerleon College, which is now the University of Wales, Newport.
In July, Playgoers took their production of Molière’s acclaimed farce, ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’ to the marvellous Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The most famous outdoor theatre in the UK, Minack is carved into the granite cliff overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay, and provided the perfect setting for this production, which proved a great hit with holiday-makers and locals alike.