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Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2017 Certificate1st place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2017

What again!! That’s 4 wins and one 2nd place in the last 5 years.

Arthur's Adventure. A pantomime written by our own Peter Webster. That’s four wins and a second place in the last five years for FDS.

This is the sixth time FDS have won the competition. We won with Alice in Wonderland in 1999, Snow White in 2005, Jack and the Beanstalk in 2013, The Snow Queen in 2015, and Happily Ever After...? in 2016.

 


Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2016 Certificate1st place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2016

Happily Ever After...? A brand new pantomime written by our own Helen Thrower & Verity Roberts.

This is the fifth time FDS have won the competition. We won with Alice in Wonderland in 1999, Snow White in 2005, Jack and the Beanstalk in 2013, and The Snow Queen in 2015.

For the first time we tried a new format of 3 matinee and 3 evening performances, which was very successful.

 


The Snow Queen - Pinocchio and Gepetto2015 - Nominated for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) awards for London and the South East Region.

The Society has been nominated in the following two categories:

The Harvey Kesselman Comedy Award - for Joseph Armer as Pinocchio in ‘The Snow Queen – a Winter’s Tale

The Constance Power Trophy of Encouragement.


CANADA EXCHANGE 2015/16

Canada Visitors 2015 at Badbury Woods

Canada visitors May 2015 at Badbury Woods


Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2015 Certificate Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2015 Report1st place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2015

The Snow Queen. A pantomime written by our own Peter Webster.

This is the fourth time FDS have won the competition.

We won with Alice in Wonderland in 1999, Snow White in 2005, and Jack and the Beanstalk in 2013.

 

 


Walther Schoonenberg WALTHER SCHOONENBERG 1935-2015

Anyone who was a member of Faringdon Dramatic Society in the 1990s will remember Walther, who was an active member from 1992 to 1998, when he and his wife Iren (who was also an active member) moved back to their native Holland. During his time with the Society, Walther acted in ten productions and was involved in sixteen set builds. As far as the sets were concerned he was very useful, as when anything went awry we could ‘blame Walther’ even if the problem had nothing to do with him! When it came to acting he played many parts, several of them quite memorable; for instance he was The Old Man of the Sea in the 1993 production of Sinbad the Sailor. Who can forget his first lines?  ‘Rash, foolish mortal aren’t you feared, to plant your fishhook in my beard!’, scaring children in the audience to death. He was also the very confused electrician Schuppanzigh in the 1993 production of Black Comedy (wearing a cap in the photo) and the over-the-top film producer, Mr Neck, in 1994’s Cold Comfort Farm. Walther was one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet, seemingly always cheerful and willing to muck in with whatever needed doing – that may sound like a platitude, but in his case it’s true. He will be much missed and our thoughts go out to Iren and his family.


2015 - CANADA EXCHANGE

flags-UK-CND Garrison Little TheatreFaringdon Dramatic Society are continuing with our third exchange with the Garrison Little Theatre in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. The first full week of May 2015 will be taken up with the Canadian visit. We expect them to arrive on Saturday 2nd May. Performances will be on Friday 8th May and Saturday 9th May at Faringdon Junior School. They will leave us on Sunday 10th May. The play, this time, is ‘Office Hours’ by Norm Foster. This is a comedy consisting of six interconnected stories set in various offices in a city tower block. This production will have an entirely Canadian cast but a FOH, backstage and production team consisting of members from both societies.


2014 - We have been nominated in all these categories for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) awards for London and the South East Region.

Best Play - Wife After Death - awarded 'Runner-up'
Best Panto - Scarlet Pumpernickel
Best Male Performance - Andy Pritchard as Harvey in Wife After Death
Best Female Performance - Carolyn Taylor as Vi in Wife After Death

National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Pantomime Competition 2014 Certificate of Nomination National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Pantomime Competition 2014 Runner-up Certificate


2014 - 2nd in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition

The Scarlet Pumpernickel. A pantomime written by Dave Buchanan.

Only second place this year but FDS have won the competition three times in the past. We won with Alice in Wonderland in 1999, Snow White in 2005, and Jack and the Beanstalk in 2013.

Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2014 Certificate Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2014 Report


2013 - Winner of the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition

Winner of the Oxfordshire Drama Network 2013

Carolyn Taylor presenting Peter Webster with the ODN Pantomime competition winner's shield for Jack and the Beanstalk, performed in 2013 and which he both wrote and directed. This is the third time FDS have won the competition. We won with Alice in Wonderland in 1999 and Snow White in 2005.


JOHN TAYLOR AWARDTHE JOHN TAYLOR AWARD

This plaque donated by Ann Taylor following the death of her husband is awarded each year to any member of the dramatic society who in the opinion of our members has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the society.

The plaque, a ceramic mosaic, was designed and created by Jo Webster.

The first person to be awarded the plaque was Denise Monk in 2011 for her dedication over many years to front of house on the ticket desk.

In 2012 the award was given to Debbie Lock for all her hard work for the society over the years and specifically during this year's panto, Best of British, the Canada exchange, and the future planning for the next panto.

 

 

 


CANADA EXCHANGE 2011/12

London Suite Canadian Visitors 2011
Our thespian visitors from Canada - October 2011

UK programme for Outside EdgeCanada programme for Outside EdgeFaringdon Dramatic Society FDS currently have an exchange partnership with the Garrison Little Theatre in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Fort Erie is on the border of Canada and the USA and is very close to Niagara Falls. GLT came to Faringdon in September 2007 to perform Lend Me a Tenor. FDS went to Fort Erie in May 2008 to deliver a performance of Outside Edge. GLT came to Faringdon in October 2011 to perform a joint production of London Suite. FDS will visit Fort Erie in June 2012 to repeat the performance.


Karen WhiffenMember Leaving

FDS Secretary, Karen Whiffen has left for pastures new after many years of both acting and directing. She was presented with a mosaic plaque at our 2011 summer barbeque. The plaque was designed and made by Jo Webster.

 


Pantomime Competitions 2011

Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2011 Certificate NODA Pantomime Award Nomination 2011
Dick Whittington was nominated for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Pantomime Competition and came 3rd in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition.

Most Outstanding Young Actor
Seb Allum who played Idle Jack was awarded a special award for “Most Outstanding Young Actor”.


John Taylor

In Memory of

John Taylor

a long-standing member of Faringdon Dramatic Society, who died very suddenly at the end of November 2010, two weeks after his excellent performance in 'Heroes'.


2009 Louise English Award

Katie Goodwin
Katie Goodwin
Louise English Award
June 2009


Pantomime Competition 2008

Peter Panto was awarded 3rd place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition.

Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2008 Certificate


2005 Drama Awards Galore

2005 Drama Awards 2005 Drama Awards

Public presentation of all this year's awards at The Faringdon Arts Festival by Debbie Lock and Carolyn Taylor.

Snow White - Winner of the ODN Panto Festival 2005

 


Pantomime Competition 2001

Cinderella was awarded 3rd place in the Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2001.

Oxfordshire Drama Network (ODN) Pantomime Competition 2001 Certificate

 

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