The idea of the Rose Bowl Awards was born in 1963 when the late Walter Hawkins, the Chairman of the Bristol Evening Post, and John Coe, a well-known journalist and drama critic, decided that it was time to recognise the huge talent often hidden away in the many amateur theatrical groups in the region. It was their inspiration and enthusiasm that ensured the competition’s fortunes and laid the foundation for the Rose Bowl Awards to grow and flourish throughout the years that followed.
Encouraged by the increasing interest from participating clubs and no longer able to rely on the sole support of the Evening Post, the Rose Bowl Committee was formed in 1991 to ensure the ongoing stability and continuation of the competition.
Today the Rose Bowl Awards ceremony is the major event of the year in the region for members of the amateur theatre. The evening combines the celebration of excellence, good food and entertainment with an opportunity to meet, exchange experiences and congratulate the winners in each category.
The Chris Harris Award for Best Variety/Revue/Pantomime
First Corporate Coup de Theatre Award
SLX Award for Technical Achievement
David Higson Award for Best Supporting Actor (Drama)
Quartet Community Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Spirolux Limited Award for Best Supporting Actor (Musical)
Towergate Insurance Award for Best Supporting Actress (Musical)
Walter Hawkins Award for Creativity and Design
Manor Printing Services Award for Best Publicity Material
Pamela Southern Award for Best Actor in a youth production
Barbara Macrae Award for Best Actress in a youth production
T-Worx Award for Best Youth Actor in an adult production
Jean Fennell Award for Best Youth Production
Joan Hawkins Award for Best Shakespeare Production
Gregg Latchams Solicitors Award for Best Actor (Drama)
Eileen Hartly Hodder Award for Best Actress (Drama)
Bernard Fennell Award for Best Actor (Musical)
Melanie Evans Award for Best Actress (Musical)
John Coe Award for Best Dramatic Production
The Bristol Evening Post Award for Best Musical Production
The Rose Bowl Awards are open to any amateur dramatic or operatic club in Bristol and surrounding area including Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. The following companies entered in 2017/18:
|Actonians Drama Group||South Gloucestershire|
|Amateur Players of Sherborne, The||Dorset|
|Athenaeum Limelight Players||Wiltshire|
|Axminster Musical Theatre||Devon|
|Bath Gilbert & Sullivan Society||Bath|
|Bath Light Operatic Group||Bath|
|Bath Operatic and Dramatic Society||Bath|
|Bath Theatre School||Bath|
|Bath Unity Players||Bath|
|Beechen Ciff School with Bath Theatre School||Bath|
|Bradfordians Dramatic Society, The
|Bridgwater Operatic Society||Somerset|
|Bristol Amateur Operatic Society||Bristol|
|Bristol Amateur Operatic Society Youth||Bristol|
|Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society||Bristol|
|Bristol Musical Comedy Club||Bristol|
|Bristol Musical Theatre||Bristol|
|Bristol Musical Youth Productions||Bristol|
|Centre Stage, Exmouth||Devon|
|Clevedon Light Opera Club||North Somerset|
|Clevedon Light Opera Club Juniors||North Somerset|
|Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society||Bristol|
|Cotswold Players||Stroud, Gloucestershire|
|Court Players, The||South Gloucestershire|
|Curtain Up Theatre School||Bath|
|Devizes Musical Theatre||Wiltshire|
|Dursley Operatic & Drama Society||Gloucestershire|
|Exeter Musical Society||Devon|
|Exit Stage Left||Bath|
|Exmouth Musical Theatre Company||Devon|
|Failand Drama Circle||North Somerset|
|Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Soc||Somerset|
|Kelvin Players Theatre Company, The
|Keynsham Light Opera Group||B&NES|
|Muses Theatrical Productions
|Northavon Youth Theatre Company||South Gloucestershire|
|Oldland Players, The
|ProAct Theatre Company||Bristol|
|St Alban’s Players||Bristol|
|St Mary’s Players||Bristol|
|St Philip & St James Church Drama Group||Bath|
|St Ursula Players, The
|Saltford Drama Group
|Sidmouth Musical Theatre Group
|Sodbury Players||South Gloucestershire|
|Sutton Theatre Company||B&NES|
|TAOS Musical Theatre||Trowbridge, Wiltshire|
|Taunton Amateur Operatic Society||Somerset|
|Thornbury Musical Theatre Group||South Gloucestershire|
|Thornbury Musical Theatre Group Juniors||South Gloucestershire|
|Tickenham Drama Group||North Somerset|
|Timsbury Theatre Group||B&NES|
|Trowbridge Players, The
||Upton St Leonards, South Gloucestershire|
|Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society||North Somerset|
|Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society Youth||North Somerset|
|Winterbourne Players||South Gloucestershire|
|Worx Productions, The||Bristol|
|Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society||Somerset|
|Zenith Youth Theatre Company||Bath|
We are currently recruiting additional adjudicators and would like to hear from anyone interested in the role. Please get in touch via the contact form on this website.
LINDA EVANS, ALAM
Linda trained at BOV Theatre School and the Guildhall School of Music. She was a founder and director of the Northavon Youth Theatre Co. Until her retirement, she was Head of Drama at Westonbirt School and she directs many plays and musicals. She was Artistic Director for the Thornbury Arts Festival over several years and continues to serve on the committee.
CAROLINE JOY BAHons, ATCL
Caroline has been involved in television, radio, theatre and performance for the past seventeen years, including touring with a theatre company. She is now a full-time Speech and Drama Teacher.
CLAIRE MORRIS BEd – Claire studied English and Drama at Leicester University. During this time she worked in a Parisian recording studio, her voice being used in the production of French/English learning material. She worked as a Drama teacher before moving to the South West where she has been an active member of three different amateur dramatic groups.
GERRY PARKER Drama Critic
A journalist and broadcaster with wide experience as an actor and director, Gerry has contributed theatre and music reviews to The Bristol Evening Post (now the Bristol Post), Western Daily Press and other journals since 1970. For many years he has written a weekly column on local theatre for the Bristol Post newspaper.
BARBARA SMITH LGSM LLAM ADB
Barbara is a Former Head of Performing Arts (FE & HE) at Weston College, Moderator for BTEC and also for Associate Boards Consortium. Currently Drama Director and Tutor in Voice and Acting Skills.
REBECCA THOMPSON BA Hons, LLAM (Hons)
Having read Drama and English at Bristol University, Rebecca worked for BBC Radio 4′s Drama Department. She studied for her LAMDA Teacher’s Diploma and has now been teaching Speech and Drama privately and in schools for over 25 years. Additionally a voice and presentation skills coach, Rebecca teaches in private and state schools, colleges and businesses and also facilitates Speaking and Listening Courses for South Gloucestershire; she also continues to direct plays with young people. Rebecca is an adjudicator for the International Federation of Speech and Drama and tours the country to adjudicate a variety of performance classes; she was privileged to adjudicate at the International Hong Kong Festival for the first time in 2017.
CLARE TOGHILL BA Hons, FAETC
After qualifying, Clare Toghill taught, directed and choreographed in the Far East, The Middle East and Europe for a number of years. She was responsible for creating theatre-based curricular programmes for schools in Asia and for staging large-scale productions in several countries. She was an in-house Choreographer for a Singapore-based touring Theatre Company during her time there. Clare still teaches Drama and English in schools, lectures in colleges and tutors privately.
Caroline trained as a classical singer and pianist. She has performed opera, light opera, classical concerts and musicals for more than 30 years with both amateur and professional ensembles. Caroline works as a vocal coach and has been a musical director for numerous productions in the South West. She also conducts mixed choirs, as well as playing the piano and the cello. As the widow of David Whitehead, Founder of Stage Electrics, Caroline retains a particular interest in lighting, sound and stage management aspects of performance.
The Rose Bowl Awards are managed by a Committee comprising family representatives of the founders, Walter Hawkins and John Coe, and other officers and committee members.
President: Joan Hawkins
Vice President and Chairman: Gerry Parker
Vice Chairman: Steve Blackmore
Secretary: Veronica Northam
Treasurer: Peter Stoppard OBE
Richard Jones (Chair of the Awards Ceremony Sub-Committee)
Helen Moss OBE