Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The End of Christie in Love and a Great Year

Sorry it's been a while since my last post but I'm back with some news about our latest Cheekish antics. We have just finished our run of Christie in Love with Thrill Seeker and it really was a great production. Thank you all those who made it happen, particularly these folks:

Dan Ayling - Director and Producer
Rhiannon Newman Brown - Design
Sally Ferguson - Lighting
Zoe Crosse and Joseph Loughborough - Artwork
Paul Bull - Sound

Mike Aherne - Inspector
Peter Henderson - John Reginald Christie
Phillip Whiteman - Constable

Also a massive THANK YOU to the friends and family who came along and supported us. You guys are great!

Cheeksih recently attended The Guide Awards 2009 at the Kings Theatre, Southsea. The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, our first production was up for Best Professional Production gong. In our category was Chicago, Enron, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Oklahoma and The Last Cigarette. These were some big productions, some of which have transferred to the West End and Broadway.

(Above) Phillip and Grant Watson (Director) on the...red carpet.

Unfortunately we didn't win. That honour went to Chicago and A Midsummer's Night Dream and a well deserved joint win it was. For us it was amazing to just be nominated, especially as The Pillowman was our first production.

(Left) Phillip in the Pillowman.

It has been an amazing year for us. We've managed to put up 4 plays this year: Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill and the world premier of Eschara by Phillip Whiteman at the Brighton Fringe Festival. Both plays received 5 star reviews. Contrarotulus by Phillip Whiteman, his second work as a playwright and which won the 2009 Daffodil Award for Best Overall Piece and of course the 5 star Christie in Love by Howard Brenton. The awards and amazing reviews are all testament to the outstanding direction of Dan Ayling.

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