Only Boys Aloud Singer Dan is First to Receive New Theatre Award

July 30, 2012

A prestigious new award which recognises outstanding contribution to theatre by a young adult was presented to Only Boys Aloud singer Daniel Hampton at Newport Playgoers Society’s AGM. The Jonathan Conick Award commemorates a much-loved member of Playgoers who lost his battle with cancer three years ago, aged just 29.

Dan Hampton wins first Jonathan Conic Award

Daniel Hampton receives the Jonathan Conick Award from Jonathan’s sister, Hayley.
(PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Jonathon Conick

Jonathan Conick, a much-loved member of Newport Playgoers, lost his battle with cancer three years ago, aged just 29. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Announcing the award, Playgoers’ Vice-President, Bruce Campbell, said, “Jonathan was involved in a wide range of activities at the Dolman Theatre, playing a variety of roles in youth theatre and going on to be a driving force in the creation of the Solo Group for young adult members. He played an active part in many aspects of play production, both onstage and off, culminating in winning the coveted Webley Prize for his performance in ‘Strangers on a Train’ in 2006.”

Jonathan’s sister, Hayley, presented the prize to 19-year-old Daniel for the enormous contribution he has made to the Dolman Theatre. Last season alone Daniel was stage manager on ‘Hi-De-Hi’, assistant director on ‘St. Trinian’s’, ran the lights on the thriller ‘Dead Guilty’, ran sound for the No Holds Bard festival of four one act plays at the Dolman and Blackwood Little Theatre –  and even helped run the Dolman Theatre bar. All this whilst appearing with Only Boys Aloud on ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Jonathon Conick in 'Strangers on a Train'

Jonathan won the coveted Webley Award for his portrayal of the psychotic Bruno in ‘Strangers on a Train’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“This is a great honour and it’s amazing to be the first winner of this new, prestigious award,” said Daniel who was recently accepted to study Theatre Production and Design at Trinity St David’s University, Carmarthen.

“Dan is a very worthy first winner of this award and we’re absolutely thrilled to make this happen,” said Hayley Conick at the presentation, “Jonathan loved the theatre so much, it was a huge part of his life which is why this award recognises not just acting but being active in all areas of theatre.”

Newport Playgoers are currently preparing for the start of an exciting new season which includes ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. The new season opens with Noel Coward’s witty supernatural comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ on 12th September. To find out more information and book tickets call the Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.

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Ruth Scoops Acting Awards Galore

July 23, 2012

Ruth Ferguson was named Newport’s best actor when she was presented with the prestigious Webley Award at Newport Playgoers Society’s AGM.

Ruth Ferguson with her awards

Ruth Ferguson is pictured with Playgoers President Richard Dymond and some of the awards won by ‘The Lady in the Van’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Ruth won the coveted award for her portrayal of an eccentric bag lady in the title role of Playgoers’ production of Alan Bennett’s ‘The Lady in the Van’.

It is the latest award recognising Ruth’s outstanding performance as Miss Shepherd, a real life character who “temporarily” parked her van in the Yorkshire playwright’s garden and stayed there for 15 years.

Ruth Ferguson as 'The Lady in the Van'

Ruth Ferguson in her award-winning role as the eccentric Miss Shepherd in ‘The Lady in the Van’. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Recently, Ruth won the Gwent Drama League award for best actress and the play also picked up prizes for best decor, best play and best overall production.

“I am really pleased to have won this award,” said Ruth who has been a member of Playgoers for over 30 years. “I now realise that the way to win awards is to play smelly old ladies with double incontinence!”

The Webley Award is presented 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.

Ruth will be in action on the Dolman stage in Newport Playgoers’ exciting new season which includes ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. The new season opens with Noel Coward’s witty supernatural comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ on 12th September. To find out more information and book tickets call the Dolman Theatre box office on 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.