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CTG CHAIRMAN’s report 2017

This season we will have provided, to a healthy number of affiliated member societies:

·         A competitive Play Competition involving all ages.

·         Expert feedback from experienced adjudicators.

·         A showcase of talent within the Cheshire Theatre Guild.

And have

·         Rewarded excellence with a broad spectrum of awards which will be presented at our annual Awards Event at MADS on July 19th.

·         Introduced the Write Now! award for new writing.

·         Provided and shared information across the Guild via a dynamic, website.


Play Competition 2016-2017

Youth and Panto Section, Adjudicator Andy Wild; reported on 6 productions from 6 societies

Full-length Play Festival, Adjudicators Andy Wild, Sue Doherty and Garth Jones shared 30 productions from 8 societies

The Award for Best Pantomime will not be awarded this season since there was only one entry. However, other aspects of the production are covered by the other categories within the Youth and Panto Section.

There is a new Award for Creativity this season.  The Write Now! award is aimed at recognising innovative playwrighting. 

This season’s Awards Evening will be held at MADS Little Theatre on Wednesday 19th; thanks in              advance to them for hosting us. Attendance at the time of going to press: well over 100!

                After a bit of last minute juggling we have two excerpts before the Awards are presented: a section from TIME by Andrea Buccino from MADS Studio 2016-2017 and fragments of A Chip in the Sugar from Nantwich Players' Talking Heads..

                Because of the configuration of the MADS stage and the use of back-projection, the rolling slide show of production photographs from CTG affiliated societies will not be shown at the Awards Event.  However, please send up to half a dozen production photographs from your productions to be included on the CTG website

                Nominations in most categories, were announced at Mid-day Monday 13th June and I hope as many nominated members (and others) will attend.

                The website is in its second year and as the CTG’s Central Hub it is the One-Stop Shop for Amateur Theatre in Cheshire with Up-to-date information and robust links to member societies.

                Traffic over the last year stands at over 2,000 visits looking at 5,230 pages.

                Since the beginning of June we enjoyed 1000+ visits..  Excluding spikes like this, web-traffic runs at around 5 visits a day.

               I would still like to institute a dynamic Notice Board during the coming season. This would be designed to show acute, short-term News, Requests and Communications between Societies.  Please let me know what more the website could do for you.

Finally, Thanks to my Committee, John Powell, Sandie Laughlin, Maureen Melville, Marie Straker, Margaret Boschi and Laura Bason for their work during the year and especially in the run up to and execution of the Awards Evening.

                                                                                 July 2017

Gordon Hamlin


The Cheshire Theatre Guild