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Whose Life Is It Anyway?

posted 8 Feb 2010, 11:29 by Unknown user
Lutterworth-based Wycliffe Drama Group has just won the 'Production of the Year Award 2008-09' for their staging last October of 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?'. The Group entered the production in the Leicestershire and Rutland Full Length Play Festival and came away with the Leicestershire Trophy for best production. At the same awards ceremony Sally Willcox was voted 'Best Actress' for her portrayal as Claire Harrison, a paralysed sculptor around whom the drama revolves. The show's director, Richard Hill, and producer, Dawn Crooks, were both delighted with the award which puts the drama group firmly in the premier league of amateur drama. Richard said " I would have been shocked had Sally not been awarded best actress as it was an exceptional performance by any standard, amateur or professional. To have won the award of best production is especially satisfying as it recognises the achievements of the whole group. The play was a difficult one to direct and create the right tone, given its theme of letting someone die, but the entire cast rose to the challenge magnificently. Each member of the cast will tell you they went through something of an emotional journey in portraying their respective characters. They were backed up by an excellent production team who created the various lighting, sound and video effects. I am very proud of the Group's achievement which demonstrates the wealth of talent we have in the Lutterworth area." Sheila Plant, the Festival adjudicator, made very complimentary comments at the ceremony held at Wigston. She thought that Sally's performance was by far the best amateur portrayal she could remember and bettered many professional efforts which had seen this or any season. In terms of the overall production, leading to the top prize, she believed it was professional in all aspects and was the clear and well-merited winner of the trophy.