The 36th RAFTA AGM was held on 30th October at the Union Jack Club, London. Around 30 members of the Association attended including the new President Air Cdre Barbara Cooper and honorary Vice-President Dr Jim Greig. The President’s opening address was very positive noting progress on the intended ‘home for theatre’ at RAF Cranwell and her huge enjoyment of the One Act Play Festival at RAF Lyneham this year. She also touched on the inevitable effects that SDSR will have across the RAF, but encouraged all RAFTA clubs to do their utmost to promote, at Station level, the benefits and importance of theatrical endeavour. Finally, she encouraged the Association to use Project 2011 as an engagement vehicle to raise its profile, not only with the higher echelons of the RAF, but also with the media and the general public.
The revised Constitution, a requirement for the Association to apply for charitable status was ratified. The constitution will now be presented to the Charities’ Commission for scrutiny and approval.
This new website was also unveiled to the meeting and was well received. Suggestions and feedback were welcomed to help the website developer take the project forward.
Finally, the annual award ceremony concluded the meeting. This culminated in the award of a RAFTA Fellowship to Wg Cdr(Ret’d) Ellis Artus as recognition for his longstanding support for RAFTA and dedicated work on the Committee particularly as Adjudications Coordinator.
Read on for the results and photos of the awards being presented.
RAFTA ANNUAL AWARDS 2010
|Annual Playwriting Competition|
|Runners Up for The RAFTA Playwriting Award – One Act||Paul Foot – Edith|
|The RAFTA Playwriting Award – One Act||Gianni Zammo – Achilles Last Stand|
|The Welton PlaywritingAward – Full Length||not awarded|
|12 Month Panto Festival|
|Runners Up for The Triplar Trophy for Best Panto Stage Presentation||Brize Norton – Dick Turpin|
|The Triplar Trophy for Best Panto Stage Presentation||Lyneham – Puss in Boots|
|Runners Up for The Theatre 101 Trophy for Best Panto||Brize Norton – Dick Turpin|
|The Theatre 101 Trophy for Best Panto (The Coltishall Cup)||Lyneham – Puss in Boots|
|12 Month Play Festival|
|Runners Up for The Best Play Stage Presentation||Brize Norton – Blithe Spirit
Theatre 101 – Macbeth
|The Best Play Stage Presentation||Lyneham – Harlequinade|
|Runners Up in The RAFTA 12 Month Play Festival||Brize Norton – Blithe Spirit|
|Winners The RAFTA 12 Month Play Festival||Brampton – Our Country’s Good|
|The Freddie Westcott Award for Endeavour||not awarded|
|The Glynn Leaney Award for Commitment||Keith Reading|
|Runners Up for The RAFTA Premier Trophy||Cranwell Theatre Club|
|The RAFTA Premier Trophy||Lyneham Stage Club|