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20th October 2019

Bro Radio recognises local musical theatre performers with new awards

BY: Nathan Spackman

Bro Radio and It's Showtime, the stations weekly local music and theatre programme has recognised local musical theatre performers with a series of new awards.

The awards were the idea of the It's Showtime presenters Ryan Sutton and Jodana Weekley, who wanted to create a platform to recognise local people who dedicate their time to performance in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 'It's Showtime outstanding performance in a musical award' recognises individuals in two categories, Adult and Junior. With a Gold and Silver recognised in each category.


In addition to hand-cut Welsh slate trophies, our gold award winners will also receive a head-shot photography session courtesy of local craftsman of portraiture Sian Lewis of Sian Lewis Photography.

Local Amateur dramatics groups nominated cast members, with a total of 30 finalists, put to a public vote the Bro Radio Website.

After 100's of votes, four individuals have received their awards.

Junior Silver Award Winner – Logan Burrows
Oliver in Superstars in the Making's production of Oliver


"A true veteran of the stage even at such a young age, Logan produced an Oliver fit for the West End. His professionalism and exceptional vocal and acting talents showed him carrying group numbers and driving the overall plot and energy of the production forward. Logan brought an incredible innocence and strength simultaneously to the character and is a true triple threat."
- Christian Bullen, Director

Junior Gold Award Winner – Bella Horsell
Mabel in Billboard Jr's Production of Fame Jr.



"Bella jumped in last minute to perform the role of Mabel when our other cast member dropped out. You would never have known she had learnt the part in 5 days!! She was phenomenal and brought great humour and a beautiful singing voice to the role." 
- Ceri Goodwin, Director

Adult Silver Award Winner – Clare Gardner
Mrs Lovett in PODS' production of Sweeney Todd.



"Clare Gardner was ideal for the part of the unwholesome, amoral widow, Mrs. Lovett. Her acting was first class with an excellent voice to match, and her comedic skills were put to good use in the song, "The Worst Pies In London" about the lack of meat and customers to her shop, which gave audiences some amusing relief from the more dramatic atmosphere of this musical. Yet again, her comedic skills were shown in her song, "By The Sea", and she seeks to vamp Sweeney Todd to be her companion in her vision of a seaside retirement."
- The Committee, PODS

Adult Gold Award Winner – Daniel Hudson
Tin Man in High Voltage's production of The Ruby Slipper.



"Daniel’s performance was extremely funny! He improvised a lot and engaged with The audience really well. He was great during rehearsals and always had a smile on his face!" 
- Ela Denley, Director


Show co-host Ryan Sutton said of the awards: "We're so grateful to all of the local groups who put forward nominees and for their continued support with the show. Myself and Jodana are delighted with the incredible response and number of votes the nominees received."

Jodana continued: "A huge congratulations to all of the winners, they're all thoroughly deserving and it shows what a fantastic range of talent we have across all of the fantastic groups we have here in The Vale of Glamorgan.

We've had a fantastic week surprising all of the winners with their awards at rehearsals. It's been great fun and all of the groups have been incredibly good sports."

It's Showtime with Ryan & Jodana broadcasts Sunday evenings from 6PM on Bro Radio.

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