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FDS Celebrates a Fantastic Season

Farnborough Dramatic Society brought their season to a close in May, finishing as they began with the emphasis on comedy.

In October Sylvia Addison directed two hilarious one act plays by David Tristram. “Last Tango in Farnborough” loosely based on the local am dram group struggling to survive! (take note) And “Brenton versus Brenton” a pastiche of every American soap opera you’ve ever seen! The former saw a very fine debut by David Fewkes, who’s been acting with Bromley groups for many years and is now hopefully an FDS fixture!

In February Sue Williams directed the thought provoking comedy drama “Sitting Pretty” by Amy Rosenthal. It revolved around the lives and loves of a life drawing class and was equally well received. Sue managed to lure a further three new faces onto the FDS stage, Fleur Buckley, Roxana Graves and Ruth Jarvis, all of whom were made very welcome and it is hoped that these talented actresses will return to the FDS stage in the near future.

In May Mark Hollidge directed the comedy thriller “FlatSpin” by the legendary Alan Ayckbourn. This is the third in a trilogy entitled “Damsels in Distress”, Mark having already directed the other two at FDS in previous seasons. The audience enjoyed a mix of verbal and physical comedy and the feedback received by the society was excellent. FlatSpin was also the FDS entry into the Bromley Theatre Guild Full Length Drama Festival 2017 competing against seven other societies in the borough. The Friday night adjudication was very favourable and following the final society’s adjudication at the beginning of June the nominations for awards were announced. FDS were delighted to received six nominations in five categories and overjoyed at the results announced at the awards ceremony on June 23. These were as follows:

Robin Walker

Best Performance by an Actor in a Minor Role: Winner!

Holly Seijo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner!

Victoria Hollidge

Best Performance by an Actress in a Minor Role: Runner Up.

Louise Friend

Best Performance by an Actress in a Minor Role: Runner Up.

Martin Dale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Runner Up.

Mark Hollidge

Best Director: Runner Up.

Overall the society came third with only four points separating the top three.

It was a great night for FDS and a fine end to the season. It also gives us an excellent kick start for the 2017/2018 season as in 2018 we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary!Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon.

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