Salters' One Act Play Festival
The PEMADS Salters One Act Play Festival was an annual festival which was held for the first time in 1952, and, with the exception of 1963, 1964, 1979, 1980, 1982, and 1994, ran each year until 1998. The Festival was presented by PEMADS in association with the Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank. In 1988 the festival co-ordinator Liz Yates, administrative assistant Audrey Whitehouse, co-ordinating stage director Manny Fokos and lighting operator Ken Brown, were instrumental in expanding the festival. The 1988 event was the first in 36 years to allow outside amateur societies, schools and drama workshops to participate, with directors and performers graded into junior,novice and experienced categories.
The festival claims that a number of "firsts" occurred there:
- The first such festival to boast English, Afrikaans and Xhosa presentations.
- The first time a "final" round was contested by three selected plays.
- An English-medium school, Victoria Park High School, entered an Afrikaans play, Soet, Suur en Sielkunde.
- The same play, The Bear, was presented twice by the PE College of Education with role swopping.
- The first Salters One Act Play Festival to have not only a professional adjudicator in Bess Finney, but also a professional co-ordinating stage director in Mairi Cameron.
- The Uitenhage Toneel presented Die Sandkis there, the first "out-of-town" entry by a formally constituted amateur theatrical society.
In addition, several entrants, Victoria Park High School, Vista University Drama Workshop and PE College of Education, took part for the first time. The intention was to provide a facility for both novice and experienced directors with an opportunity to present their productions of One-Act Plays to the public. The festival was intended to be seen as a vehicle for growth, experimentation and learning, but above all, for enjoyment and the sharing experiences with the other participants.
The festival was always held in the Little Theatre, Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth.
The festival is no longer staged.
A Novice was deemed to be a pIayer who had not previously won an acting award, and who had not appeared in a speaking role in more than two plays. There was no age restriction in this area.
A Junior performer was deemed to be a player no more than 18 years old, who had not previously won an award for acting, and who hadn't appeared in a speaking part in more than two Non-School productions.
A Novice Director was a person who presented their first attempt at Direction.
Any entry had to contain greater part of dialog than of mime, singing, music or dancing, and to contain a minimum of two on-stage speaking parts.
Each play had 5 minutes to set their stage and 3 minutes to strike their sets. Penalties applied.
Minimum running time, from curtain to curtain, was 20 minutes with a maximum of 45 minutes. Penalties were applied for short or over times.
The marks were calculated based on the following criteria:-
TECHNICAL (For 24 points)
(i) Sets & Properties - 4 points
(ii) Lighting - 4 points.
(iii) Costumes and Make up - 4 points.
(iv) Sound - 4 points.
(v) Concept - 4 points.
vii) Execunon - 4 points.
DIRECTION (For 30 points).
(i) Concept and Understanding - 8 points.
(ii) Rhythm/Graph - 8 points.
(iii) Blocking - 8 points
(iv) Performances - 8 points.
ACTING (For 26 points).
(i) Characterisation - 7 points.
(ii) Emotional Truth - 7 points.
(iii) Vocal Flexibility - 7 points.
(iv) Focus & Responsiveness - 5 points.
PRODUCTION (For 20 Points)
(i) Entertainment value - 5 points.
(ii) Performances - 5 points.
(iii) Technical - 5 points.
(iv) Creative Risk/Originality of approach - 5 points.
1983: Albert directed by Gwyn James, Bang, You're Dead directed by Paul Reakes, Happiness My Goal directed by Norman Holland, The Runner Stumbles directed by Milan Stitt, The Visitor directed by Andre van Vuuren.
1985: Albert's Bridge directed by Jeremy Wallis, Auditions for a Writer directed by H Clayton, Cold Equations directed by Michael Smith, Quake directed by Sharon Rother, Ritual for Dolls directed by Tony Dungey.
1988: A Song For All Seasons, Behind the Mask, Debtor's Prison, Die Ewige Tuiste, Die Insurance Polis, Die Telefoon, Die Voelhok, Dinner For One, Murder Behind The Mask, Patchwork, Red Spy at Night, Sudenly Last Summer, The Busker of Sacre Coeur, and Top Table.
1989: Die Trommel, Nunsense, The Snake Chief, Untimely Ripp'd,
1990: A Galway Girl, Die Koffer, Die Vaal Koestertjie, Die Wildeman, Eva Se Krismiskat, It's a Gas!, Our Man, Pa, Maak Vir My 'n Vlieer, Pa, The General Reviews His Troops, The High-Backed Chair, and The Understudy.
1991: Something Unspoken, Bus Stop, Taken, The Trial,
1992: Appassionata, Die Dood van Chris en die Choreographie van Begrip, In Room Five Hundred and Four,Teechers, The Grey Angel, Weekend,
1993: Deadline Dawn, Die Parrot Woman, Fade to Black, Her Grace Will Be Here, Refusal of Suitors, Roman Believer, The Drapes Come, Toewyding, Vital Statistics and You, Me and Mrs Jones.
1995: Ai Toggie die Liefde, Ashes to Ashes, Behind the Curtains, Die Wenner Wat Verloor Het, Egoli, Fuses En Ander Konneksies, Marymeit en Miss Rosemary, Nine to Five, Nood Einde, Once a Jolly Jumbuck, Random Moments in a May Garden, Red Spy At Night, Summit, Sweat.
1996: Bitsathebook, Derde Laan Se Critics, Egoli, Living With Lady Macbeth, My Child, Tot Die Dood Ons Skei, Ubuntu, The Proposal, The Victim, Too Long an Autumn and Trolley Troupe.
1997: Bar And Ger, Dilemma, Die Hok, Die Lewe Is Soos 'n Nikkerbol, Exit, Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery, Harry's Christmas, Siyabheda Mzala (Things Are Bad, Cousin), Sorry Wrong Number, The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish, The Last Laugh, The Wizard of Whispers and Vagabond Vampires.
1998: A Case For Two Detectives, Die Klein Prinsie an Afrikaans adaptation of The Little Prince, Die Spinner, Insignicant Others 11, Kaleidoskoop, Op Dees Aarde and Semi-detached.
1983: Daphne Greenwood (nee Daphne Mann) was a Port Alfred resident.
1985: Beth Dickerson
From 1988, Technical Director Mairi Surtees-Cameron was instrumental in persuading the visiting adjudicators to participate in the Salters One Act Play Festival.
1989: Bess Finney
1990: Anne Williams
1991: Tammy Bonell assisted by Sarita Loots as regards Afrikaans nuances and interpretation.
1992: Philip Godowa
1993: Pat Fox assisted by Sarita Loots as regards Afrikaans nuances and interpretation.
1996: Jennifer Steyn
1997: Drummond Marais
1998: Drummond Marais assisted by Sarita Loots as regards Afrikaans nuances and interpretation.
The Award Winners
SALTERS' CUP FOR THE BEST PRODUCTION
1988: Die Telefoon - Anlie Weideman - PEAAT.
1989: Natania Kleynhans - Die Trommel - PEAAT
1990: Die Wildeman - Lizinda Schrapler
1991: Something Unspoken - Marion McPherson -
1992: Appassionata - Lizinda Schrapler - Pemads
1993: Die Parrot Woman - Natania Kleinhans - Yu Productions
1995: Fuses En Ander Konneksies - Lizinda Schrapler - Pemads
1996: Tot Die Dood Ons Skei - Marius de Vries - PEAAT
1997: The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish - Sharon Rother - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
1998: Die Spinner - Mariette Dodd - PEAAT
THE NEDBANK DOLL- BEST DIRECTOR
1985: Quake directed by Sharon Rother
1993: Natania Kleinhans - Die Parrot Woman - Yu Productions
1996: Bitsathebook - Robin WiIIiams - THESPA
1997: Sharon Rother - The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish - Rother-Swain Studio
THE GILL BREWIS TROPHY - MOST PROMISING DIRECTOR
1988: Penni Longman - Red Spy at Night - Footlight Future
1989: Luzinda Schrapler -
1990: Barbara Woodhead - The General Reviews His Troops
1991: Luzinda Schrapler - ?
1992: Marion Mcpherson - In Room Five Hundred and Four - Pemads
1993: Martlie Jordaan - Toewyding - Framesby High School
1995: Melissa Sanderson - Once a Jolly Jumbuck - Sanderson Drama Studio
1996: Mzwanele Mgijima - Ubuntu - P E Youth Theatre
1997: Heike Gehring - Die Hok - PEAAT
1998: Marius de Vries - Op Dees Aarde - Pemads
THE CHRISTINE HAMILTON-COX TROPHY - BEST ACTOR
1988: Christie Gericke - Die Telefoon - PEAAT
1989: Wimpie Jansen - Die Trommel - PEAAT
1990: Rudy Olivier - Die Wildeman
1992: Jan Wandrag - Die Dood van Chris en die Choreographie van Begrip – Yu Productions
1993: Jan Wandrag - Die Parrot Woman - Yu Productions
1995: Wilm Jansen - Fuses en Ander Konneksies - Pemads
1996: No award
1997: Robert Stewart - Harry's Christmas - Pemads
1998: Jaco Kemp - Die Spinner - PEAAT
THE GEOFF HARRISON CUP - BEST ACTRESS
1988: Barbara Woodhead - as Mrs Venable in Suddenly Last Summer - Pemads
1989: Janine Grobler - Die Trommel - PEAAT
1990: Linda-Louise Swain - A Galway Girl
1991: Mariette du Toit - Bus Stop
1992: Toni Gennrich - Appassionata - Pemads
1993: Janine Grobler - Die Parrot Woman - Yu Produksies
1995: Jandi Offerman - Summit - Rother-Swain Studio
1996: Jennifer Turner - Tot die Dood Ons Skei - PEAAT
1997: Melissa Sanderson - Bar and Ger - Sanderson Drama Studio
THE DENZIL LEVY TROPHY - BEST NOVICE DIRECTOR
1988: Natania Kleynhans - Die Ewige Tuiste - PEAAT
1989: Mrs Jan Blignaut - The Snake Chief -
1990: Marion McPherson - A Galway Girl
1991: Judy Nel
1992: Josephine Brennan - Teechers - Trinity High School
1993: No Award
1995: Jason Ensor - Red Spy At Night - Victoria Park High School
1996: Marius de Vries - Tot die Dood Ons Skei - PEAAT
1997: Moira Bush - Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
THE WALRO AWARD - BEST FEATURED ACTRESS
1990: Heike Gehring - Die Wildeman
1991: Linda-Louise Swain - Taken
1992: Janis Price - The Grey Angel - Sharon Rother Studio
1993: Cheron Stupart - Her Grace Will Be Here - Pemads / Naomi Nathan - Deadline Dawn
1995: Liza Fouche - Ai Toggie die Liefde - Framesby High School
1996: Zukiswa Caku-Caku - Ubuntu - P E Youth Theatre
1997: Candice van Litsenborg - Exit - Rodsan Productions
1998: Petro van den heever - Op Dees Aarde - PEAAT
THE WALRO AWARD - BEST FEATURED ACTOR
1990: Andrew Weiss - Die Wildeman
1992: No award
1993: Bennum van Jaarsveld - Toewyding - Framesby High School
1995: Pete Kruger - Nine to Five - Pemads
1996: Mark Farrow - Too Long an Autumn - Pemads
1997: Xolani Ngesi - Siyabheda Mzala (Things Are Bad, Cousin) - Non-Stop Entertainment
PEMADS CUP - BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE
1988: Linda-Louise Swain - as Miss Sophie in Dinner for One - Pemads
1989: Ronae Jolliffe - Untimely Ripp'd
1998: Best Actress Tinarie van Wyk-Loots - Die Spinner - PEAAT / Best Actor Egbert Gerryts - Op Dees Aarde - Pemads
THE BOBBY EVELEIGH CUP - BEST JUNIOR PERFORMANCE
1988: Heike Gehring - as the wild one in Die Voelhok - Hoerskool Despatch Toneel
1989: Lushan Mansel - ? - Victoria Park High School
1990: Anel Jacobs - Die Vaal Koestertjie
1992: Carmen Millard - Weekend - Pemads
1992: Claudette Matthews - Joggers - Lawson Brown High School
1993: Deon Wigget - as Dr Vergruis in Toewyding - Victoria Park High School
1995: Phillip Hauff - Red Spy At Night - Victoria Park High School
1996: Nicholas Dickson - Derde Laan Se Critics - Hillside Secondary High School
1997: Bernadine Gardiner - Sorry, Wrong Number - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
EDWORKS AWARD - BEST NOVICE ACTOR
1988: Lisa Hughes - as Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer - Pemads
1990: Robbie Engela - Pa, Maak Vir My 'n Vlieer, Pa
1992: Andrew Horne - Appassionata - Pemads
1993: Danie Snyman - as Michiel in Toewyding - Framesby High School
1995: Lourens Moorcroft - Once a Jolly Jumbuck - Sanderson Drama Studio
1996: Thando Khonkqo - Egoli - Qaphelani School
1997: Jaco Kemp - The Wizard of Whispers - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
THE HELEN MANN MEMORIAL TROPHY - BEST NOVICE ACTRESS
1993: Sharon Michaelson - as Clara Simpson in Her Grace Will Be Here - Pemads
1995: Tanya Fillis - Nood Einde - Hillside Secondary High School
1996: Amy Liversage - Trolley Troupe - Andrew Rabie High School
1997: Dawn Bolton - Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
THE MARY NASH AWARD - BEST BACKSTAGE MERIT
1988: Peaat - Die Telefoon - stage managed by Andrew Horne
1990: Marion McPherson - for co-ordinating all technical aspects of The Galway Girl
1992: Pemads - Crew of Appassionata
1993: Rother-Swain Studio - Crew of Deadline Dawn managed by Laura-Leigh Randall
1995: Hillside Secondary High School - Backstage team Nood Einde
1996: Gareth WilIiams - Stage Management
1997: Crew of Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - Rother-Swain Drama Studio
THE HAROLD DAVIDSON AWARD FOR ARTISTIC MERIT
1988: Terry McCarthy - as writer, composer, lyricist and actor - TOP
1989: Natania Kleynhans - Die Trommel - PEAAT
1990: Lance Dodd - for improvement of performance in his role of Dermot in The Galway Girl.
1991- Barbara Woodhead - Something Unspoken -
1992: Natania Kleinhans - Yu Produksies
1993: Brett Adkins for writing Fade to Black and Pete Kruger - for directing Refusal
1995: Brett Adkins for writing Summit and the Hillside Secondary High School cast of Nood Einde Summit
1996: Babalwa Thando - Egoli
1997: Siyabheda Mzala (Things Are Bad, Cousin) - Non-Stop Entertainment
1998: Kaleidoskoop -
LENNONS TROPHY - BEST SCHOOL PRODUCTION
1991: Martlie Jordaan - ?
1992: Trinity High School - Director: Josephine Brennan
1993: [[Hoerskool Framesby] - Director: Martlie Jordaan
1995: Red Spy At Night by Victoria Park High - Director: Jason Ensor
1996: Hoerskool Andrew Rabie - Director: Karen Barnard
1997: Hoerskool Andrew Rabie - Dilemma - Director: Karen Barnard
"LITTLE FELLA" CAMERON TROPHY - BEST TECHNICAL DISCIPLINE
1992: Phillipa Berkeley - Lighting Technique
1993: Marion Mcpherson - for her debut as Festival Stage Director
1995: The Crew - Fuses en Ander Konneksies
1996: Annette Breacker - Lighting Technique
1997: Clara Burbidge as Mrs Dull and Vicky Lunt as Mrs Dismal - The Last Laugh - Sanderson Drama Studio
1998: Mariette Dodd - Die Spinner - PEAAT
BESS FINNEY AWARD - MOST ORIGINAL WORK
1995: Wilm Jansen - Script - Fuses en Ander Konneksies
1996: Hillside Secondary High School - Derdelaan se Critics
1997: Siyabheda Mzala (Things Are Bad, Cousin) - Non-Stop Entertainment
DRUMMOND MARAIS AWARD - BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE (Introduced in 1997).
1997: Tanya Fillis as Mollie - Die Lewe is Soos 'n Nikkerbol - Hillside Secondary High School
1998: Janine McDonald - as Rose in Die Klein Prinsie
Evening Post Salters Cup won by PEAAT's 'Die Telefoon' by Bob Eveleigh, Monday, May 2, 1988.
Weekend Post, Saturday, June 16, 1990, Pg 16, "Drama Festival line-up given" by Bob Eveleigh.
Play Festival Talent, by Bob Eveleigh, Weekend Post, May 15, 1993.
Original 1997 Salters' One Act Play Festival programme.
"It was Orca's Cup!" by Mariette Dodd, Show Scene, Evening Post, Tuesday, August 26, 1997.
Pemads programme for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. August 15-25, 2018.
"Afrikaans Theatre wins Salters fest", Theatre Review by Terry Herbst, Eastern Province Herald August 31, 1998.
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