Local community theatre group, MATES Theatre Genesis (MTG), has won two acting awards and taken out the Adjudicator’s Choice award at DramaFest 2016 held at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on 19 and 20 August.
Acting awards were won by: Denise Oxborough – Best Actress – for her role as ‘Dilys’ in the comedy ‘A Family Affair’ and Craig Stevens – Best Supporting Actor – for his portrayal of the character ‘Todd Matthews’ in the suspense ‘Happy Birthday Mum’.
Director of ‘A Family Affair’, Debbie Spearritt, received the Adjudicator’s Choice award from adjudicator Karen Crone for her outstanding efforts at crafting a gripping and identifiable performance.
Both ‘A Family Affair’ and ‘Happy Birthday Mum’ will be performed by MTG from this Friday evening (26 August) when their production ‘A Night Out with MTG’ opens for six performances at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall.
‘A Family Affair’, written by Christopher Owen, is a comedy which delivers surprises! A regular Sunday family lunch between ‘Dilys’, her husband ‘Brian’ - played by Robin Wilson - and her sister ‘Miriam’, played by Shelley Sturla, goes from civil to chaotic when a life changing decision is announced. Will you be able to keep up with the tangled web of relationships that make up this family affair?
‘Happy Birthday Mum’ is written by Helen Wyngard and is a story about relationships that is set on two continents and what happens when those relationships are threatened.
Crafted by director Ray Noonan and superbly acted by the cast of five; in “Happy Birthday Mum” actors interact onstage playing characters that are on opposite sides of the world. ‘Jan’ and her husband ‘Mark’, played by Sharon Vassallo and Peter Irving, live in Australia; while Jan’s mother ‘Sylvia’ – played by Maree Grzegolec – is in England.
It is Sylvia’s birthday and she is talking to her daughter on the telephone when she hears some worrying sounds. The Suspense and tension is built with the arrival of Craig’s character ‘Todd Matthews’. The story reaches its climax with a surprise twist when Detective Inspector Bailey arrives - played by Brian Gamble.
‘A Night Out with MTG’ is completed with an entr’acte performance of seven monologues; exciting moments of storytelling that break through the “fourth wall” between an actor and their audience. Some monologues will make you laugh, other will be thought-provoking; but all will be engaging – displaying just how powerful the monologue is to the narrative.
--------- Performances and Booking Information ---------
Friday - 26th August, 2nd and 9th September;
Saturday - 3rd and 10th September
• Venue: Birkdale School of Arts Hall, 101 Birkdale Road, Birkdale
• Time: Doors Open – 7pm; Show Start – 7.45pm
• Tickets: ALL TICKETS - $20
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