Newport Playgoers Scoop Gwent Drama League Awards

Director Catherine Cook at the Gwent Drama League Awards

Newport Playgoers were celebrating after scooping five awards for their production of the gritty drama ‘Going Straight’. As well as winning the awards for best play, best production and best decor, two of the cast, Clare Drewett and Bob Brown, won best supporting actor awards.

The play, by Richard Harris, tells the story of two ex-gangsters and their wives meeting up on the Costa del Crime and re-living their glory days in 60s London. It was staged at Newport’s Dolman Theatre in February.

Winners of the best supporting actors awards, Bob Brown as Ray and Clare Drewett as Brenda in 'Going Straight'

Winners of the best supporting actors awards, Bob Brown as Ray and Clare Drewett as Brenda in 'Going Straight'

Commenting on the production’s success, the play’s director Catherine Cook , said, ” It was a wonderful awards evening and I felt extremely proud. I am genuinely surprised that we did so well – there was very stiff opposition from many other good societies and I honestly didn’t expect such an outcome.

“When you consider we only had a cast of five and that two of them won the best supporting categories I think it’s brilliant but well deserved. Bob Brown has recently crossed the divide from operatic to drama and has more than proved his worth. Clare Drewett is consistently good and very versatile as she’s shown with the numerous and varied roles she takes on.

“The adjudicator said our set design was be “the best ever seen on an amateur stage”. The design and construction was chiefly done by Graeme Johnson and Linda Ward who are always innovative in their ideas. They came up with the wonderful atmospheric and imaginative set which matched the mood and drama of the play.  Everyone connected with the play made it such a success from Dan Aston who did the lighting to Michelle Jenkins on sound, Chris Burrows on props and prompt Sue Morgan.”

Playgoers are currently beginning rehearsals for their 88th season which starts in September. Among the productions will be the stage version of ‘FawltyTowers,’ the outstanding drama ‘Frost/Nixon’, Alan Bennett’s ‘Lady in the Van’ and another Richard Harris play ‘Dead Guilty’. Further information about all the plays can be found on www.dolmantheatre.co.uk or by phoning the Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670.

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