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The Bursledon Players One Act Play Competition

The winners



Current - April 2008

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The Bursledon Players One Act Play Competition

There were 53 entries for this competition. All of them were read. All of them were interesting plays, though many of them were underdeveloped, and just a very few did not meet the original criteria.

We made a short-list of six plays and re-read those six. The judges were Gill James, a member of the Players who is professional writer and Sean Tyler, a local professional playwright, who also used to be a very active member of the Bursledon Players. You can learn about Sean’s work by visiting his web site

Even though we have found two publishable plays, we felt there was not enough time to get anything ready for the Totton Drama Festival this year. One of the joint first-place winners needs some editing and the other, though production-ready, has a slightly clichéd plot, but might make a good second entry for the festival another year.

We would certainly like to publish the two winning entries, but one will need some more editorial work first, and a volume of three one act plays will be produced once we have a third to go with them.

A third play, by our own Steve Humphreys, is also rather good and could be published, but does not sit comfortably with the other two. It would be good to have two more similar plays to that to go into a volume which can be marketed to other groups.

We would certainly like to read these three plays in the future.

The winners

Joint winners are:


Playing God by Doreen Gray, Birmingham


Playing Away by Paul Athorne, Rotherham


The other short-listed entries are:


Finding God in the Kitchen by Les Clarke, Bournemouth


No One Ever Listens by Les Clarke, Bournemouth


And the Winner Is... by Stephen Humphreys, Southampton


Fancy That by Brian Miller, Coleford

Well done to all six finalists.


Current - April 2008

I am sure by now you are wondering why there has been no announcements regarding a spring production from your Bursledon Players. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to shelve it this year.

As you may know, we entered one of the One-Act competition winners into the Totton Festival in March. The play “And The Winner Is...”, written by our own Steve Humphreys, was our second experience at this drama festival. Constructive criticism is given by the professional adjudicator and the whole experience is very valuable to us. However, it does encroach on rehearsal times for any spring production at the Bursledon hall. Hence, just this once, we are cancelling this year’s spring production.

Our third panto, “Aladdin”, directed by Sarah O’Connor, was a tremendous success this year. It seems to get better every year. Although only staged on two evenings and a matinee, we had packed audiences, with ice-creams served too! The Echo write-up was very complementary. Congratulations to all concerned.

A group of us made a trip to see Curdridge Players perform “A Fish Out of Water” earlier this month, the same play that we staged in November last. However, they were using the original version of this Derek Benfield play. Nevertheless it was good to see the excellent performances of a local company. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Because of the disappointment of the cancellation of April’s production, we want you to be assured – the autumn play will go ahead. Play readings will be called in July, with rehearsals starting August/September. The play dates this year will be slightly earlier – 9th, 10th and 11th October. Please note these in your diary.

Of course, all current information about Bursledon Players can be seen on this website.

And finally...

Bursldeon Players needs more members. We need help on both sides of the footlights. Would you, or someone you know, like to involved in our next production? We need actors, front-of-house helpers, backstage hands and set builders. Please think about it. It’s hard work but great fun.

Hope to see you soon.

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