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Once this

was a poet


Reports and Comments

For a review and some background to the play and the people involved see this article in the Ledbury Portal by John Eager

Tewkesbury Observer article Article from the Tewkesbury Observer

Director's Report

Comment from Paul McKee (Cheltenham’s Arts Development Officer):

"Brenda, that was a stunningly wonderful theatrical experience last night!

Your  play was all the things drama should be - insightful, challenging, moving and very funny.  There was a rhythm and a pace, driven by your voice and the quality of your verse.  We loved it.

Well done - it was very beautiful and life affirming"

Cheltenham Literarature Festival - October 2008

After the success at the GDA One Act Play Festival, TADS were invited to perform it again at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.  The cast and crew was the same as for the performance at Gloucester.

As part of the Festival, BBC Radio Gloucestershire broadcast three 5 minute pieces about the background to the play.

WARNING These are very big at about 40MB each!

Interview 1  interview 2  interview3

© 2008 BBC

Some of the performance has been uploaded on YouTube here

All England Theatre Festival

Western Area preliminary round - Mercia division - March 2009

This performance at The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham was for the first round of the knock-out One Act Play competition.  The cast was slightly different from before:

Cast List


 Paula Fancini-Hooper


 Ian Bishop


 Pam Jell


 Greg Aston



Stage Manager  

 Hannah Moore

Lighting & Sound Effects  

 Martin Oakes

The performance won the Best Play award and thus went through to the next round of the competition.  The awards won were:

Best Play  award.jpg  Once This Was A Poet

Best Gloucestershire Play   award.jpg  Once This Was A Poet

Best Actress  award.jpg  Paula Fancini-Hooper

It was also nominated for:

    Best Original Play

    Best Director

    Best Actor

Adjudication by Chris Jaeger GoDA

All England Theatre Festival

Western Area Quarter Final - April 2009

This performance was at the Bouvery Hall, Pewsey  The cast was the same as for the preliminary round at Cheltenham

The play was eliminated at this round.

Ledbury Poetry Festival - July 2009

This performance was at the Market Theatre, Ledbury.

It was rather fitting that it should be performed here in front of an audience many of whom knew Pete. It was also noteable for how the cast continued in the gloom when a power cut hit the theatre half way through the performance.

The cast was the same as for the All England Theatre Festival Entries

See a review for this performance including a video clip of an earlier performance at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.