Northampton theatre company wins four awards at top arts festival

Picture by Joe Brown
Picture by Joe Brown

Northampton-based theatre company White Cobra Productions has swept the board at a prestigious British arts festival.

Their production of Days of Wine and Roses took all four prizes on offer, winning Best Play, the Audience Appreciation award, the Back stage award, and a special commendation from the adjudicator.

The awards came at a festival staged on the Isle of Man, which was only open to companies who were previous winners of arts festivals across the UK and Ireland, and into Europe too, with one team traveling from Switzerland to take part.

Director Paul Fowler said: “To win one award is a superb achievement, but to take all four is almost unprecedented.”

Days of Wine and Roses was originally a film starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick and tells the story of a couple who move to London from Belfast during the swinging sixties. What starts out as a journey of discovery rapidly becomes a fight to save their relationship as they descend into alcoholism.

Kate Billingham who plays one of the two leading roles says “It’s a massive win for us, coming just two years after we founded White Cobra, and we’re now really looking forward to touring nationally with the play later this year.”

The production started out in Northampton in April, and will be back locally on Saturday November 22 with a performance at Market Harborough Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 07447 217622.