The biggest news first: the Hamburg Players won the Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award at this year’s Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies (or FEATS, for those in the know) in Brussels! Read more of our adventures under the photo (which shows director, cast and crew in a post-award moment):

A happy post-awards Soap Opera director, cast, and some of the crew (Lexi & Ronny were still working on the get out)

 

As many of you know, one of the one-acts of our February production, Soap Opera by David Ives, was our entry to the festival, which took place from May 5 to May 8.

 

The week before started off with bad luck when Valerie Doyle, the director, received news that the lead actor would be unable to travel due to illness. At such short notice the only viable option was for her to step in. The cast and crew rallied round, two rehearsals were managed before leaving for Brussels and once there rehearsals continued in blazing sunshine in a local park.

 

It was a long, nerve-wracking wait until the performance on the very last night of the four.day festival – would we be able to pull it off? Our backstage crew, under the expert guidance of Stage Manager Lexi von Hoffmann, set the stage for us and we were off!

 

Audience and adjudicator showered the show with lots of laughs and praise. We were particularly commended for our set – especially the washing machine, costumes, direction and acting were all praised. Special mention was made of the excellent use of sound and lights. Harald Djürken’s performance as the Maitre D was particularly highlighted and Amy Lee was nominated as best actress for her double role as Mother/Machine.

 

Amidst strong competition from other groups, the adjudicator decided to give us the discretionary award, which she personally chooses, particularly mentioning the washing machine (thank you to our set designer Alex Robertson) and Valerie standing in for the lead actor.

 

Valerie onstage next to the winners of best actor, best actress, and best stage management

 

Find out more about the winners of this year's FEATS here.

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