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The Portchester Players' Hampshire Theatre Group


Curtain Call Awards 2014
Graham Robertson received the award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy" for his sensitive portrayal of the role of John in our prodiction of Calendar Girls.. We think this represents a real achievemnt, bearing in mind the number of Calendar Girls productions in the area in the same time period. Well done Mr Robertson!

The Players were nominated for a total of 10 Awards in the Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards in December 2009. They were:

Best Supporting Actress in a drama

Sue Bisley (Kitty) Abandonment... "An engaging spitfire"

Best Supporting Actor in a comedy/comic drama

Steve Arnott (Cosme McMoon) Glorious... "Beautifully understated performance as a bemused yet entranced pianist"

Best Supporting Actress in a comedy or comic drama

Julie Curry (Dorothy) Glorious... "Magnanimous performance as a ditzy yet loyal friend to the operatic diva"

Best Actress in a comedy or comic drama

Peta Reading (Florence) Glorious

Best Actor in a Drama

Steve Arnott (Callum) Abandonment... "Highly likeable and entertaining as the "wood person"

Best Actress in a Drama

Julie Curry (Elizabeth) Abandonment..."Excellent in this demanding role"

Best Director of a Drama

Kay Sumpner Abandonment... Drew strong performances and fine ensemble playing from her large cast

Best Director of a Comedy/comic Drama

Jacquie Arnott Glorious... "First class direction brought play vividly to the stage with every ounce of visual humour enhancing the pithy and witty script"

Production of the year

Abandonment... "An ambicious (sic) choice of play very well executed"

At the glitzy awards ceremony in January 2010, these translated into actual awards for Julie Curry for her performance in "Glorious" and Kay Sumpner for her direction of "Abandonment"


Once again the PPs entered a play for this exciting competitive festival. Directed by new PP director Jacqueline Arnott, the play we entered was called "Lucy in the Sky" and was set in an inner city hostel for the homeless. Whilst we were not lucky enough to go through to the next round this year, we were thrilled that Tania Perkins was awarded Best Actress and that Helen Stoddart received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A very creditable start to any new Directors career! Well done to her and the team.


The Portchester Players narrowly missed a place in the Final of the All England Theatre Festival after competing in the semi-final in Teignmouth, Devon. Once again, though, Steve Arnott won an award for his portrayal of Billy. This is the second time the Players have reached this level. Third time lucky next year, perhaps?


All England Theatre Festival Western Divisional Finals

The Portchester Players have just come away form the All England Theatre Festival Western Divisional Finals as runners up (again!) with a place in the next round to be held at The Carlton Theatre in Teigmouth in Devon on Saturday 13th May. Steve Arnott was once again awarded the best Actor trophy. Well done Steve! Below is a picture of the Team in action.

Link to Carlton Theatre website.

The Winning Team

All England Theatre Festival Entry

The Players entered the Totton Dram festival (which is the first round of the All England Drama Festival). We were runners up and will be going through to the next round the Western Area (Southern Division) Final. This year it takes place at the Hanger Farms Arts Centre in Totton on Saturday 22nd April.

We also got nominations for:

  • Best Actress (Mandy Paines)
  • Best Director (Kay Sumpner)
  • Best Actor (Steve Arnott)

Steve went on to win Best Actor, so we came away with 2 bits of silverware - the Best Actor and Runners up Cups!

The Winning Team

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