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.”
Here‘s the line-up for FEATS 2016 in Brussels:
Thursday 5 May
Brussels Shakespeare Society: Wulf by Stephen Challens
TIE: Remote by Stef Smith
The Bonn Players: Once Bitten by Fergus Moloney
Friday 6 May
AATG: Alas Poor Fred by James Saunders
Irish Theatre Group: The London Vertigo by Brian Friel after Charles Macklin
University Players, Hamburg: Invasion by Jonas Hassen Khemeri (translated by Frank Perry)
Saturday 7 May
In Players International: Creativity in the time of Dictatorship by Giorgi Corrêa Rossi
Semi-Circle Basel: Syrinx by Kate Mosse
Actors Workout, Munich: Paper God by Peter Bishop and Colleen Burke
Sunday 8 May
Hamburg Players: Soap Opera by David Ives
Geneva English Drama Society: Working Girl by Ms Béibhinn Regli
BATS, Antwerp: Three More Sleepless Nights by Caryl Churchill
To book places, and for lots more information, go to the FEATS 2016 Web site.
Feats 2016 will take place at the Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Cultural Centre, 93 Avenue Charles Thielemans, 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels, Belgium – the same venue that was used for FEATS 2009.
Twelve English language theatre troupes from several European countries will be competing for the awards between 5 and 8 May 2016. The selection process takes place at the beginning of October, and groups should receive their invitations shortly afterwards.
More news as it happens on this Web site. Or for more detailed information, see the special FEATS 2016 site.
Errors and omissions excepted, as they say. It’s been a long weekend!
- Stage-management award: In Players International, Amsterdam, with “Virtual Reality” by Alan Arkin, directed by Sandy Topzand
- Original script: Stuart Marlow for “This Side of the Gestapo” (Anglophone Collaborative Theatre of Stuttgart)
- Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award: Anglophone Collaborative Theatre of Stuttgart with “This Side of the Gestapo” by Stuart Marlow, directed by Raluca Urea. Award given for creative use of imagery and video
- Best stage presentation: American Theatre Company, Brussels, with “Spoon River Anthology” by Edward Lee Masters, adapted and directed by Christopher Flores
- Blackie Award for best male actor: awarded jointly to Brian André and Eli Thorne of In Players International, Amsterdam, in “Virtual Reality” by Alan Arkin, directed by Sandy Topzand
- Blackie Award for best female actor: Felice Becker of New English American Theater, Stuttgart, in “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” by Mark Twain, adapted by Elton Townend Jones, directed by Charles C. Urban
- Third place: New World Theatre Club, Luxembourg, with “The Strange Horseman” by Michel de Ghelderode, directed by John Brigg
- Second place: The Stockholm Players with “The Dice” by Forbes Bramble, directed by Nigel Harvey
- First place: In Players International, Amsterdam, with “Virtual Reality” by Alan Arkin, directed by Sandy Topzand
The rail strike ends officially at 19.00 this evening. There may still be some disruptions to timetables, since rolling-stock is not where it’s expected to be. But the travel news is definitely brighter for FEATS-goers.
The FEATS 2015 Web site will be carrying updates to travel news, or check the official Deutsche Bahn Web site.