Our Christmas show this year was Wind in the Willows by Alan Bennett, directed by James Burns in his directoral debut with the Bart Players. It was performed to packed audiences in the Canon Lindsay Hall between 6-9 December 2006.
See photos from this production here
Our festival entry in 2007 was a brave choice, Misery by Stephen King, adapted for the stage by Simon Moore. This was a two hander, ably directed by Christine Martin and the two courageous actors were Alan Martin (Paul) and Lynne Taylor (Annie).
The show had its home run in the Canon Lindsay Hall at the start of March 2007, and then began its tour of the festival circuit, entering Ballymoney, Newtownabbey, Portadown, Larne and Newry festivals.
Following its success on the festival circuit, Misery qualified for the AUDF finals in Armagh. Prior to the finals, it was performed again in the Canon Lindsay Hall on 3 and 4 May 2007.
In May 2007, Misery was awarded runner up in the AUDF finals in Armagh. Christine Martin was awarded The Belfast Newsletter Cup for Best Director and Lynne Taylor won The UTV Hubert Wilmot Award for Best Actress.
Misery did extremely well in its festival run, receiving the following awards:
2005 – 2006 SEASON
Ballymoney Drama Festival
The Committee Cup for Best Play
The Vin Smith Memorial Trophy for Best Producer, Christine Martin
The Dalriada Cup for Best Actress, Lynne Taylor
The Route Cup for Best Actor, Alan Martin
The O’Cahan Cup for Set Design, Alan Marshall
The Malachy McLoughlin Cup for Lighting, Ivor Agnew and John Stannard
Portadown Drama Festival
The Guinness Trophy for Best Overall Production
The Mrs Warnock Cup for Best Producer, Christine Martin
The R.V. Hawthorne Challenge Cup for Straight Play, Christine Martin
The Gerard McCreery Memorial Cup for Director’s Interpretation of Straight Play, Christine Martin
The Mandeville Cup for Best Actress, Lynne Taylor
The B & H Martin Cup for Lighting, Ivor Agnew and John Stannard
Certificate of Merit for Décor, Christine Martin
Larne Drama Festival
The Festival of Britain Commemoration Trophy for Highest Marks in Festival
The Major Williamson Memorial Trophy for Best Producer, Christine Martin
The Elizabethan Coronation Trophy for Best Actress, Lynne Taylor
The Joan McCully Award for Best Actor, Alan Martin
The Alex Tyrrell Memorial Trophy and The Frier’s Cert. for set and décor, Alan Marshall and Christine Martin
Newtownabbey Drama Festival
Rowell Friers Certificate for Décor, Christine Martin
Best Moment of Theatre, Bart Players
Newry Drama Festival
The Lions Cup, Runners Up
The Sean Hollywood Memorial Cup for Best Producer, Christine Martin
The Patrick Carey Cup for Best Lighting, Ivor Agnew and John Stannard
Click here to view the programme for this production – Misery Programme
Our summer show in 2007 was Watch It Sailor by Philip King and Falkland Carey, the sequel to 2006’s Sailor Beware. It was once again directed by Barney Gadd, and featured a number of familiar faces!
Once again, we performed the summer show in the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl (3-4 August 2007) and Portrush Town Hall (15 – 18 August 2007). For the first time, we also performed the show in the Web Theatre, Newtownards on 10-11 August 2007.
Click here to view photographs from this production.