Success in 2018 artsrichmond Swan awards
HLOC's 'Audrey II' plant in 'Little Shop of Horrors' won the Adjudicator's Award for the perfomances of John Furlong, as the voice of the plant, and puppeteer Shaun Lati. (This is the the second year running HLOC have won the Adjudicator's Award: in 2017 it went to musical director Lee Dewsnap for his one-man organ accompaniment of 'The Mikado'.)
Meanwhile our 'Ruddigore' director, Wesley Henderson-Roe, picked up not one, but two Swan awards as director of 'Best Play' for Marie Jones's 'Stones in his Pockets' (Teddington Theatre Club) and 'Best Musical Production' for 'Made in Dagenham' (BROS Theatre Company).
Malcolm Rose Award for Johanna in 'The Zoo'
'The Zoo' scores two NODA London awards
We're delighted to announce that 'The Zoo', directed by Genna Martinez with musical direction by Lee Dewsnap, is district winner of the Dorothy Lawson Award for Best Gilbert & Sullivan in the 2018 NODA London awards.
And, Johanna Chambers (pictured centre left, as Eliza Smith) is district winner of the Malcolm Rose Award for Best Female in a Gilbert & Sullivan.
Congratulations all round!
In memory of Peter King
It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our long-standing President and former Chairman, Peter King, who passed away aged 80 on Monday 15 January.
Peter was an outstandingly talented actor and singer whose glorious tenor voice and flawless comic timing featured regularly in HLOC productions. He was also incredibly generous with his time offstage, working tirelessly behind the scenes building sets and props, doing lots of 'invisible' tasks and generally running around with an energy and enthusiasm that belied his years.
Peter was wise, kind, modest and genuine. He was also one of the funniest people you could ever meet, with a magnificent fund of stories. You could generally tell where he was from the direction of the laughter. In the dressing room, you could tell which was his costume from the fact that the coathanger had a little label on it saying: 'PETER KING, HIS HANGER'.
In June 2017 Peter was District Winner of NODA London's Lifetime Achievement Award, reflecting his 50+ years in London amateur dramatics.
Peter was a massive inspiration to us all and made everything he appeared in better. We will miss him more than we can say, and would like to give our deepest condolences to his wife Anne and his family.