More success for University Players, Hamburg

by David Crowe on 23 April 2017

Over the Easter period the Manx  Amateur Drama Federation held its festival of full-length plays.

Among the entries was Lift Not the Painted Veil, by Julie Lerpiniere and Nigel Harvey, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (adaptation by Svenja Baumann), combined into a single production and performed by the University Players, Hamburg. The initiative came from Nigel Harvey, formerly of Stockholm Players, who directed the piece.

FEATS is pleased to report that the performance was a resounding success, winning no fewer than seven awards: Best Production, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Stage Management, Costume & Make-up, Best Dramatic Moment, Audience Appreciation. Many congratulations to Nigel and the University Players!

Congratulations to University Players, Hamburg

by David Crowe on 1 August 2016

University Players, Hamburg

Following their appearance in FEATS 2015, University Players, Hamburg were invited to take part in the British All Winners Festival in Hertford, which took place at the end of July.

FEATS is delighted to report that their production of Invasion by Jonas Hassen Khemeri (translated by Frank Perry) won two awards: the Sydney Fisher Trophy for Backstage, and the Amateur Theatre Trophy Adjudicators Award.

More information on the UP Web site and from NDFA.

Three awards for ITG in FEATS 2016

by David Crowe on 9 May 2016

The Irish Theatre Group, Brussels, took three awards in FEATS 2016, the results of which were announced tonight. Their production of “The London Vertigo”, by Brian Friel, won first place and also the prize for the best stage presentation; while Brian Foley took the award in the same play for the best actor for his role as Count Mushroom.

Full results:

• First place: Irish Theatre Group with The London Vertigo by Brian Friel, after Charles Macklin
• Second place: University Players, Hamburg with Invasion by Jonas Hassen Khemeri (translated by Frank Perry)
• Third place: AATG with Alas, Poor Fred by James Saunders
• Best original script: Béibhinn Regli (GEDS) for Working Girl
• Best stage presentation: Irish Theatre Group with The London Vertigo by Brian Friel, after Charles Macklin
• Stage management award: BATS, Antwerp with Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill
• Discretionary award: Hamburg Players with Soap Opera by David Ives, for the washing machine and the stand-in role played by the director
• Best actor: Brian Foley (ITG) in The London Vertigo by Brian Friel, after Charles Macklin
• Best actress: Marion Carter (AATG) in Alas, Poor Fred by James Saunders

What is the future of theatre and the live performance arts?

by David Crowe on 19 April 2016

Nigel Harvey in the 2006 FEATS Fringe

At FEATS 2016, Nigel Harvey will be running a special workshop which aims to examine (and encourage!) creativity in FEATS. Here’s what he has to say about it.

“FEATS has been a major part of my life since I decided to pursue a career in the performing arts. One weekend every year where I can see live theatre and meet with colleagues and friends to discuss the finer points of the theatre experience. A perfect environment to learn, engage, perform and promote this wonderful medium.

“Every year we have the FEATS forum to discuss the logistics, administration and the year-to-year organisation of the festival. We share our experiences and make decisions on how to improve FEATS on the so-called administrative and technical side. Last year we discussed the possibility of introducing a Creative Forum.

“Having been involved in the arts for over 30 years I have been made aware that the future lies in shared knowledge. The Creative Forum would be the perfect environment to discuss our experiences, productions, love of theatre, etc. A place to encourage one another, share ideas and see what we can do as a community to ensure that the future of live performances in English will flourish.

“For our first Creative Forum I would like everyone to think about performances they have seen that have impressed. What made them good? How was the staging? The interpretation? What makes this production stand out?

“I would also like to discuss what FEATS groups do to increase membership and what kind of ideas they have to share knowledge, etc., within the group.”