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Interior Designs

by

Jimmie Chinn

directed by

Barbara Crass

British Theatre One Act Festival Entry 2016 - Jimmie Chinn's INTERIOR DESIGNS


After many successful entries over the years, the cast and crew made St. Alban's Players history with their production of Interior Designs by the acclaimed playwright Jimmie Chinn, representing England at the British Final Festival on the 2nd of July 2016.


6 incredibly well received, award-winning performances - the initial Preview Evening, Bristol and Avon One Act Festival opening rounds, South West Quarter Finals, Western Semi Finals, and  the All-England Finals - paved the way for a fantastic evening, supported by 40 Members, friends and family - it was a fantastic run!


The team generously agreed to do a final, one-off performance as part of our fundraising efforts on Thursday, 8th September, we were able to raise over £700 towards our new apron.



Awards include:


Bristol One Act Festival


Best Play

Best Director

Best Actor (Rory Adamson- 'Him')

Best Actress (Gill Cowen- Irene)

The Audience Choice Award

 


Avon One Act Festival


Best Actress (Andrea Pleasant, Rebecca Hazelhurst, Gill Cowen) - 3 Winners- a Festival First!

Peter English Award for Runner Up

Nomination for Best Actor (Rory Adamson)

 


All England Theatre Festival Quarter Final - Winner!


All England Theatre Festival Semi Final - Winner!


All England Theatre Festival Final - Winner!


  


Please read below for an insight into the development of the Production:


The Selection- A Director’s Thoughts


“I am delighted to be directing St. Alban’s Players One-Act Festival production of Jimmie Chinn’s ’Interior Designs’. Although much of his work is well known, I wondered if much was known about the man himself.


Unsurprisingly, his work is very popular amongst non-professional drama groups as he illuminates his characters with both humour and insight, endowing them with symbolic idiosyncrasies both appealing and instantly recognisable to theatre audiences.


After a difficult start in life Jimmie eventually gained a place at RADA, but his acting career never really got started; he subsequently gained a degree in English and Drama to become an inspiring teacher of drama before devoting himself entirely to his creative skills as a playwright and director.


His plays are warm and amusing, although some reflect considerable human drama and he quickly came to the attention of the BBC and ITV for whom he contributed to long running soaps whilst continuing with his passion for writing for the stage.


His one-act plays are many and memorable, although he enjoyed considerable West-end success with one full-length play “Straight and Narrow’ . In connection with this play, my husband wrote to Jimmie to ask for advice and Jimmy was kind enough to respond by ‘phoning Geoffrey at 8 0’clock in the morning and holding a long and detailed conversation about his work in general and “Straight and Narrow’ in particular, with a very grateful but somewhat bemused director!  Sadly, Jimmie suffered from a debilitating lung condition Emphysema that contributed to his death from pneumonia in 2011 at the age of only 71. A great loss!”