Portsmouth youth theatre scoops regional excellence award after hit performance of Cats

A CRACK team of city actors who impressed critics with their rendition of a hit musical have scooped a regional award.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 11:23 am
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 3:51 pm

Stage One Youth Theatre’s performance of Cats at Ferneham Hall, in Fareham, was awarded an Accolade for Excellence by the south-east branch of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

James George, The Guide's theatre critic, had previously described the show as ‘some of the best adult non-professional stuff I’ve seen’.

The performance took place to aplomb last February and the award coincides with a big milestone for the Copnor-based youth theatre.

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Kieran Poling as Rum Tum Tugger in Stage One Youth Theatre's performance of Cats at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. Picture: Katie Winter

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Jacqui Ivemy, the show's director, said: ‘When I found out that we had won this award I was delighted for all the young cast.

‘Also, it’s deserved recognition for the creative and technical teams, and all the backstage and behind the scenes helpers that are crucial for any show.

‘This award is particularly special because we are celebrating Stage One’s 40th anniversary this year, so it seems a very fitting way to start this momentous year.’

From left, Charles Clark as Mr Mistoffeless, Zoe Elliott as Demeter, Sam Beer as Munkustrap and Siobhan Carroll as Bombalurina in Stage One Youth Theatre's performance of Cats at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. Picture: Katie Winter

Rehearsals are currently underway for Stage One’s performances of We Will Rock You.

They will take place nightly at the New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, from Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Fur further details go online and visit stageoneyouththeatre.co.uk

Isobel Griggs as Grizabella in Stage One Youth Theatre's performance of Cats at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. Picture: Katie Winter
Brandon Cable-Rogers as Gus the Theatre Cat and Scarlet Harris as Jellylorum in Stage One Youth Theatre's performance of cats at Ferneham Hall in Fareham. Picture: Katie Winter