On Sunday 12th June, Bocking Theatre Club entered the annual Gimson Festival, this year hosted by the Kelvedon Junior Players at The Institute in Kelvedon. The Gimson Festival was founded in 1982 by Wickham Bishops Drama Club in memory of their late President Brigadier Bill Gimson. The Festival is held every year, and clubs from all over Essex come and enter a one act play, no longer than 45 minutes long.
This year, Bocking Theatre Club entered ‘Poetic Justice’ written by one of their members, John Hughes, a play about a group of merchant bankers whose greed causes their own downfall, in a series of hysterical events.
The play was well received, with lots of belly laughs from the audience, and the judge (Mike Poole) scored the club well. Speaking of the play, he said it was ‘a real gem, well written good story with well-defined characters’. He said that ‘The acting was consistent without a week link, some of the notable ones were Nigella the boss’ daughter, what a bitch! Monty, an older member of the trading team, who thought he could keep up his end by out drinking the younger members, but ending up the only one with a hangover, and Eric the computer whiz; lovely, laid back and full of dreadful jokes’
The club received four of the seven available awards, which was a huge achievement for the cast of 11.
Best Actress – Sam Conway (won jointly with Pauline Roast from Wickham Bishops Drama Club)
Best Actor – Richard Cooper
Best Supporting Actor – John Hughes
Best Stage Presentation – John Page (Director)