|Whatsonstage.com Award-winner Bill Kenwright is among the judges (photo: Dan Wooller)|
New Sky Arts series seeks to find Nation's Best Am Dram
Date: 14 September 2012
Amateur theatre is the focus of a new Sky Arts series that will search for the "nation’s best amateur dramatic theatre company".
The series, which begins broadcasting in November, will see eight groups battle it out for the title, with the winner performing in a West End venue. Each will be mentored by a leading actor.
James Hunt, Sky Arts Channel Director, said: “Sky Arts wants to recognise the importance of the amateur dramatist to UK cultural life. Sir Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Patrick Stewart all began their illustrious careers within amateur dramatics ... We hope to find amazing new talent who can put on a performance worthy of its final West End setting.”
The eight groups are: FissiParous Theatre, Wirral (mentor Roger Allam); Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group (Niamh Cusack), Heath Players, Hertfordshire (Julie Graham); Regent Rep, Dorset (Jill Halfpenny); Crossmichael Drama Club, Galloway (Paterson Joseph); Tell Tale Theatre Company, Liverpool (Martin Shaw); Strathclyde Theatre Group, Glasgow (Harriet Walter); and Bingley Little Theatre, Bradford (Richard Wilson).
Each will be assessed by a panel of judges comprising actress Miriam Margolyes, producer Bill Kenwright and theatre critic Quentin Letts.
Nation’s Best Am Dram will broadcast for six episodes of one hour from 9pm on Wednesday 14 November.
- by Theo Bosanquet
|So, Coral, its ok for ITV to infest the airwaves with Dancing Dogs on BGT, and tuneless wannabes with heartrending backstories on X-Factor, but to give airtime to people who perform drama is moronic? I personally think this is a great idea, for an aspect of performing arts that is sadly under-represented. - Mick||30 Sep 12|
|Has no one EVER heard of CODA ( Croydon Opera Dramatics Assn) now they are the BEST.Ceoydon Theatre is always full when they putn their persformances. - Lou||16 Sep 12|
|What moron thought this one up? - coral||14 Sep 12|
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