SALISBURY’S Studio Theatre emerged as the big winner at this year’s Totton Festival of Drama with four awards, including the trophy as overall winner of the competition.

The festival, which had been postponed from its usual March slot because of the pandemic, took place at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton last week.

As well as the winner’s trophy, which Studio retains after winning it at the festival last held two years ago, the amdram company also won the award for Technical Achievement.

Its entry, Afterplay by Brian Friel, engineers a meeting in a Moscow cafe between Andrey, the brother of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya’s niece Sonya twenty years after their own plays end. Over cabbage soup and vodka, truth and lies tumble out.

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Lesley Bates scooped the Best Director award, Rachel Fletcher was named Best Actress for her performance as Sonya and George Goulding, who played Andrey, was among the nominations for Best Actor.

Director Lesley Bates said: “It’s been a scramble to get the play rehearsed and in shape for the festival, but it’s been worth the effort.

“There are currently no plans for it to be shown at our theatre in Ashley Road so that our Salisbury audiences can see it, but we hope that a production slot can be found as Covid restrictions ease.”



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