Ryan Salter was named Newport’s best actor when he was presented with the prestigious Webley Award at Newport Playgoers Society’s AGM. Ryan won the coveted award for his versatile playing of five roles – including a grumpy old codger, a village policeman and a middle-aged woman – in Playgoers’ production of the popular Ealing comedy ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’.
“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 27-year-old Ryan.
During the course of the madcap comedy, Ryan had to make 16 quick costume changes and was on stage for much of the time.
“It was pretty hectic but lots of fun,” said Ryan who studied Drama in Theatre and Media at Glamorgan University. “The play was an incredible group effort. It was one of the most innovative, creative and well-received productions that the Dolman Theatre has ever staged.”
Ryan started acting since he was 12 when he joined Dolman Youth Theatre and he was in their production of ‘Moonfleet’ which was taken to the National Theatre inLondon. He is now busy preparing for his next challenging role – of Manuel, the hapless Spanish waiter in ‘FawltyTowers’ which will be produced in September.
The Webley Award is awarded 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.
Newport Playgoers also scooped five awards in the recent Gwent Drama League presentations, for their production of the gritty drama ‘Going Straight’. Clare Drewett and Bob Brown, won best supporting actor awards. And the play also won prizes for best play, best production and best set..