"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Friday, September 08, 2017
record nineteen awards at this year's Brents – the glittering
evening celebrating community theatre, and rewarding the best of the
shows staged here over the past year.
a slick operation, with thesps and luvvies, dressed to kill, packing
the tables. Live music, a la Academy Awards, provided by Tonality,
directed by Andy Prideaux. And, new this year, we were treated to a
brilliant musical curtain-raiser from some familiar Brentwood talent,
including the new Theatre Manager, Jon Hare.
was good to see outgoing manager Mark Reed and technical
supremo David Zelly rewarded with Brents of their own: the Mary
Redman Award for 2017.
Taylor, another backstage hero, was recognised in the Jo Stoneham
individuals in the spotlight included Lloyd Bonson, for his Pooh-Bah
in Shenfield Operatic's Hot Mikado, Kerry Cooke for her Katisha in
the same show.
Matthews won Best Actor for his Joe Pirelli in the latest RoxyKrasner for The College Players [the Best Play this year], and Juliet
Thomas was crowned Best Actress in a Musical for her Rita in the
excellent Made in Dagenham from Brentwood Operatic, which also won
strong showing from the younger generation; two very young performers
– Summer Hicks and James Nash, won Brents for their roles in The Music Man, from Billericay Operatic. And the Margaret Hutton Youth
Group Award went to BOSSY's Hairspray.