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1960

Youth Drama Festivals

“The Way To Better Performances”

1951

March

Mr Stanley Garner,the adjudicator of the British Drama League community drama one-act play festival being held in The Barn, just weeks after its opening, said : “There is, in my opinion, no better thing to prick the ego of amateurs than entering a festival and hearing an adjudicator give a public adjudication of their performance.  This may hurt at the time, but in the long run it benefits the societies, because it points out the way to better performances.”

From the beginning competitive drama has been a rich vein of learning.

Sussex Youth Drama Festival

The premier one-act event was the annual Sussex Youth Drama Festival.

This was overseen by the County’s Education Committee.

In West Sussex, the Youth Education Committees organised preliminary festivals in Crawley, Chichester, Adur, Littlehampton, Petworth and Horsham.

From these rounds six productions were chosen by two adjudicators from the West Sussex Youth Drama Advisory Committee, to take part in the West Sussex final.  And one company would be selected to represent West Sussex in the Sussex Youth Drama Festival alongside societies from Brighton, East Sussex, Eastbourne, and Worthing.

After a day of performances the best would be awarded the Dorothy Stringer Trophy.

During the 1960’s this company had a proud record in the competitive arena.

THE DECADE opened with productions by The Young Wick Players and ended – having changed our name in 1962 – with productions by The Wick Theatre Company Under-21 section.

1960 – The Glass Menagerie [scenes 6 & 7] – produced by George Porter

    • Adur Area Winner
    • West Sussex Winner
Glass Menagerie cast : Roy Perrett, Patricia Holloway, Sheelagh O’Farrell, Ray Hopper

1961 – A Resounding Tinkle – produced by Ray Hopper

  • Adur Area Winner
  • West Sussex Winner

1962 – Riders to the Sea – produced by Ross Workman & Elizabeth Courtney-King

  • Adur Area Winner
  • West Sussex Winner

1963 – The Fearless Heart – produced by George Porter & Elizabeth Courtney-King

  • Adur Area Winner
  • West Sussex Winner

1964 – No record of our entering

1965 – Joseph Wants Five Sous – Produced by George Porter & Maureen Payne

  • Adur Area Winner

1966 – Electra – Produced by George Porter & Bob del Quiaro

  • Adur Area Winner
  • West Sussex Winner
  • Sussex Youth Festival Winner of Dorothy Stringer Trophy

1967 – Exit The King – Produced by George Porter

    • Adur Area Winner
Exit the King : Jane Chinchen, Peter Joyce

1968 – Shelley or The Idealist – Produced by George Porter & Bob del Quiaro

  • Adur Area Winner
  • West Sussex – ‘non-competitive’
  • Sussex Youth Festival – not held

1969 – A Slight Accident – Produced by Ralph Dawes

  • Adur Area Winner
  • Sussex Youth Festival – not held
  • Drama Day in Brighton College of Art – West Sussex representative