'April in Paris' by John Godber at Heald Green Theatre
GMDF Best Dram Production Winner 2018 !!
Also nominated for 'Best Director' & 'Best Male Lead in a Drama'
David directed and produced April in Paris by John Godber at Heald Green Theatre in April 2018. April in Paris was written by John Godber in 1992 as part of the Hull Festival for The Hull Truck Theatre Company (without taking any royalties) - at a time when unemployment in Hull was high, there was a dip in the building trade and people were scanning magazines for the chance of a dream holiday.Money was tight; shops were closing. Redundant Al is festering at home - foreign workers have undercut him - and in an effort to keep himself alert, he has drawn his plastering skills to acrylic art work.
Bet works in a shoe shop and is frustrated that she and her husband are spending so much time together. His protestant work ethic has been replaced by a childish demand for her attention and they have developed rubbing each other up the wrong way into an exquisite art form. Bet's competition win sees the couple in Paris for romance, and the plot develops! Given the political situation that the UK finds itself in currently, the subject of this play is possibly even more relevant today than when it was written over two decades ago.
"If April in Paris reminds us of anything, it is that we are an island nation, but it also champions Donne's famous sentiment: no man is an island. There in a nutshell, is our European problem" - John Godber
National Operatic & Dramatic Association
Hotel Mercure, Piccadilly, Manchester
David's acclaimed production as Director and Producer of Brassed Off (the stage adaptation by Paul Allen, of the hugely successful 1990s film of the same name), was performed at Daneside Theatre, Congleton in Cheshire in April 2016, playing to sell out audiences.
The production recieved SEVEN first round NODA nominations three of which made it to the finals. Congratulations to ALL cast and crew and particularly Rode Hall Silver Band who worked so hard on the production and made it possible, providing beautifully performed music and acting with commitment as members of the cast.
David Carney, Cast & Crew - Brassed Off (First Round Nominee & Finalist)
Best Artistic Director of a Drama:
David Carney (First Round Nominee)
Best Leading Male Actor in a Drama:
Dave Burt (First Round Nominee, Finalist & Winner)
Best Supporting Male Actor in a Drama:
Dave Podmore (First Round Nominee)
Best Leading Female Actor in a Drama:
Dee Melia (First Round Nominee)
Best Male Comedy Performance:
Mike Clowes (First Round Nominee)
Best Male Youth Performer in an Adult Production:
Rory Mason (First Round Nominee & Finalist)
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I am very pleased to announce that:
Dave Burt Won Best Leading Male Actor in a Drama!!