Rose Bowls in 2020

Gerry Parker offers some hope for those involved in amateur theatre and musicals

THE Rose Bowl Awards for Amateur Theatre – there are 21 different categories ranging from Best Musical, Drama and Youth Produc­tion, Acting Awards, Adult and Youth, Technical and Best Publicity Awards – find themselves, rather like football’s Premier League, half way through their season with no clear knowledge as to when they will once again be allowed to resume their productions.

This present season, scheduled to run from September 2019 to September 2020, was picking up a head of steam, with 51 of the 64 productions so far entered already adjudicated. By the end of August that figure would have risen to more than a hundred.

Among productions left on hold are Bristol’s Kelvin Players Hamlet, Warmin­ster’s Athenaeum Limelight Players The Railway Child­ren, Axminster Musical Theatre’s Avenue Q, Stroud’s Cotswold Players Nell Gwyn and Absurd Person Singular, Glastonbury Musical Com­edy Society’s The Full Monty, Taunton Amateur Operatic Socitey’s Barnum, Bridgwater Operatic Soci­ety’s Made in Dagenham, Exmouth Centre Stage’s West Side Story and Exeter Musical Society’s My Fair Lady.

All of them would be hoping to pick up one of the converted Bristol Blue Rose Bowls awarded to each category at the annual presentation eve­ning, due to return this year to the splendid Winter Gardens at Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 15th Nov­em­ber.

The Rose Bowl awards have been running since 1963, and the team is still planning to hold the awards evening, which normally attracts some 400 local theatre enthusiasts from Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. But the big question is will any of the productions now held up in the pipeline have emerged to be judged within the 2019/20 season – or will they have to be part of a bumper 2020/21 season.

Either way, everyone is hoping that by November 15th all those enthusiasts can come together to celebrate the fine work that local theatre groups have and are champing at the bit to once again present to their local communities and visitors.