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This was Tony Vale's project to give first time playwrights an opportunity to have their work performed. Having assembled 14 scripts for short, one act plays and sketches, it was then just a simple task to find directors and casts for them all!

Congratulations and yet another Gold Medal in lunacy to Tabi for co-ordinating the event, which was a 'first' for us in many respects.

The cafe-style evening was an enormous success in spite of having to accommodate 140 paying customers. The ploughman's supper, particularly the lettuce, was, as Norman would have said was 'A Triumph' and many thanks to Carole Wilson and all the willing helpers who put it all together.

Almost 80% of the audience filled in the rating sheet and the results were: 'Very enjoyable' 27%, 'Enjoyable' 34.3%, 'Not bad' 26.5% and 'Not for me' 12.2%. A number of people commented on the forms: "Thankyou for a wonderful evening", "Excellent acting, good story lines", "Thankyou, a great night of entertainment", "Excellent evening", "Should be an annual event", "Little more pace, less lengthy, crisper".

All concerned with the project can feel justly proud of a very professional and hugely rewarding experience. With eight of the Directors new to Wymondham Players, no less than 13 new actors, a new Assistant Stage Manager (Jimpy Casson), a new Sound/Lighting Assistant (Sam Burton), it was certainly a showcase for new talent.

We are looking at the possibility of doing a similar event with some longer one act plays (about 20-30 minutes) over two nights next May.

To view some pictures of Brief Encounters, click here.