First performed in the SCDA One Act Festival, February 1984
35 Productions in the UK
Festival awards for winning play, best production, best comedy, best actor, most promising actor and most promising actress
Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson
Characters (3m 3f or 2m 4f plus supernumeraries)
Mrs Madge Davenport: Chairperson of the Festival Organising Committee Miss Rowena Evans: Presenting the trophies Miss Cartwright: Representing the sponsors Councillor Wilson: Assistant Convener of the Executive Committee of the District Council Department of Recreation and Sport Mr Gilbert Hamnell: The Adjudicator John (or Jan) Mitchell: Festival stage director Supernumeraries: As audience, club representatives and stage crew
The Setting: The stage of a theatre on the last night of an amateur drama festival
Running Time: 40 minutes
It's the last night of another drama festival. The teams have done their bit and anxiously await the adjudicator's final verdict, but before the glittering prizes can be awarded, there are speeches galore from the chairman, the sponsor and the inevitable local dignitary, not to mention the prize draw and some problems with the new lighting board.
Especially written to be performed at drama festivals, this satirical view of a time-honoured ritual offers not only six very recognisable character parts but also a limitless number of supernumeraries onstage, offstage and even amongst the audience.