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January 2021   Vic Roberts

We are very sad to announce the death of Vic Roberts 
after a short illness. Vic had a long career inamateur theatre 
in Nottingham as a talented, accomplished and versatile 
actor with an uncanny ability to quickly learn his lines. 
He had been a stalwart of the Bonington Players, and before 
that the Prospect Players, and had been rehearsing for a role 
in 'The Lady Vanishes' before it had to be cancelled last March. 
He had twice won the NANDA Actor of the Year award whilst 
with the Bonos. Firstly in 2002, playing Albert Parker in ‘When 
We Are Married', and in 2011, where he was a magnificent Willy 
Loman, pictured, in 'Death of a Salesman’.

He is going to be greatly missed

NANDA Play of the Year Awards 2020

No Awards Dinner this year because of Covid-19 but we were successful with our entry of ‘Ten Times Table”.
Josh Hayes was awarded Best Actor for his role of Eric. (That’s him in the pic, on the table.) There were Special Mentions for Howard Whitehurst, Director, Gennie Price, Best Newcomer, and also for costumes and technical presentation.




NANDA Play of the Year Awards June 2019

Fantastic night at the NANDA Awards Dinner! Play of the Year for The Foreigner along with Best Actor and Set Design. Best costumes for Lord Arthur Savile's Crime. All three productions' directors nominated for Best Director along with other members nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress etc, etc. 





June 2018  

NANDA Play of the Year Awards 2018

Another great night at NANDA’s Play of the Year Awards Dinner with Howard Whitehurst, Director of the Year, and Anna Hodkin, Set Design, picking up awards for ‘Move Over Mrs Markham’. Phil Chapman also got a Special Mention for Best Supporting Actor.
Our other entry, 'Murder on the Nile', got Special Mentions for Anna Hodkin, Director, Tony Tomlinson, Best Actor, Phil Chapman, Best Supporting Actor, Val Terry, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Set Design, Tony Tomlinson.

 to all!






June 2017

NANDA Play of the Year awards 2017


Another successful night at the annual awards ceremony.  Our production of Brief Encounter scooped four awards - Best Director for Anna Hodkin, Best Supporting Actress for Jo Thomas, Best Newcomer for Lauren Hodkin and Best Technical Presentation for David Goatham. In the picture, Anna is shown holding Jo’s award as, sadly for us, Jo has left the area for pastures new in Cumbria. 



June 2016 - NANDA Play of the Year awards


Another great night at the NANDA Play of the Year awards with Anna Hodkin winning Best Supporting Actress in Sitting Pretty.
Photo shows Anna with the brand new trophy.

August 2015: Forthcoming 2015-16 Season

We are pleased to announce the details of our forthcoming 2015-2016 season. We begin with Jeffrey Archer’s courtroom drama “Beyond Reasonable Doubt” which originally starred  Wendy Craig and Frank Finley.  The new year opens with “Tiptoe through the Tombstones” a comedy thriller by Norman Robbins, followed by the dramatic comedy “Sitting Pretty” by Amy Rosenthal and which originally starred her mother Maureen Lipman.


June 2015: NANDA Play of the Year awards
Bonos Blackadder goes forth


Successful night again at the NANDA Awards Dinner with trophies for Best Set Design, Kerry Williams, and Best Costumes, Christine Chapman, for “Blackadder Goes Forth".


July 2014: Forthcoming 2014-2015 season.

We are pleased to announce the details of our forthcoming 2014-2015 season. We begin with three episodes of the brilliant BBC comedy series "Blackadder Goes Forth" by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. In the new year we will be presenting the famous TV comedy "Up Pompeii" by Miles Tredinnick and we will close with a staging of the classic Ealing comedy by Grahan Linehan"The Ladykillers".

Awards for BONOS

June 2014: NANDA Play of the Year awards

Another great night at the NANDA Awards Dinner with trophies for Producer of the Year, Anna Hodkin for "The Rivals", Actress of the Year, Abi Hemmings jointly with Zoe Lander (who wasn't there!) for "The Memory of Water", and Best Set Design, Howard Whitehurst and his team for "Gaslight".



August 2013: Forthcoming 2013-2014 season.

We are pleased to announce the details of our forthcoming 2013-2014 season.  We begin with the famous Victorian thriller “Gaslight” by Patrick Hamilton.  In the new year we will be presenting the classic comedy “The Rivals” by John Brinsley Sheridan and we will close with a modern comedy by Shelagh Stephenson “The Memory of Water”.


June 2013: NANDA Play of the Year awards
NANDA Play of the year awardsAnother great night at the NANDA Play of the Year awards last week with the Bonos winning two trophies.

Best All Round Play for “Brassed Off”

Actor of the Year for Steve Atkin in the role of Danny in Brassed Off”

A fantastic way to round off our 50th season. Congratulations to everyone.




August 2012: BONOS Golden Jubilee Season

We are proud to announce the details of our forthcoming 50th Anniversary season.  We begin with a revival of the very popular Alan Ayckbourn farce “Taking Steps”, and follow that with the stage version of the critically acclaimed film “Brassed Off”.  We are very pleased that Newstead Brass will be joining us on stage for this production.  We end the season with a stage version of the ever popular TV series “Hi De Hi”

Nanda - Play of the Year awards 2012

June 2012: NANDA Play of the Year awards

Great night at the NANDA Play of the Year awards last week with the Bonos winning three trophies.
Best All Round Play for “Shakers Re-stirred”
Actress of the Year for Jo Thomas in “Shakers Re-stirred” (Photo to left shows Jo with the Jose Cooke Rosebowl)
Adjudicator's Special Award for Forward Looking Technology and Effects

Congratulations to everyone.




May 2012: Taking Steps

Our fiftieth anniversary season commences with Alan Ayckbourn's three floor farce and a night you will never forget.. The Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Arnold, Nottingham
Wednesday 17th - Saturday 20th October 2012 ... More details


Vic Roberts3June 2011 - NANDA Awards

At the NANDA Play of the Year Awards last week, Vic Roberts picked up the Harry Penson Trophy for Actor of the Year for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman". He is pictured, left, with director of the play, Howard Whitehurst. - Very well deserved Vic.



June 2010 - NANDA Awards

Congratulations everyone for another successful NANDA awards night - adjudicator's special award for Katherine Howard, best set design for Fawlty Towers and honourable acting mentions for Adam Guest (Manuel in Fawlty Towers) and Anna Hodkin (Katherine in Katherine Howard). Well done.



March 2010 - NANDA Awards

Bono actor takes prize at NANDA One Act Play Festival. Adam Guest scooped the Best Supporting Actor prize at this year's NANDA One Act Play Festival for his role as Manuel in our production of Fawlty Towers. The Bonington Players took one of the episodes from their recent sell-out run of Fawlty Towers to the festival.





John EdgeApril 2010 - John Edge

It was with great sadness that The Bonington Players recently announced the death of their President, John Edge. 
John joined the Bonington Players in 1973, appearing on stage in “Not Now Darling”.  He was to go on to play many diverse roles in over fifty productions during the next thirty years or so.  These included Ebenezer Scrooge, Professor Van Helsing, Archbishop Cranmer, sundry barons, squires and brokers’ men in pantomime and a selection of animals including Mr Badger in “The Wind in the Willows” and Owl in “Winnie the Pooh”.  One role he was to play with great effect on three separate occasions was that of an ancient crumbling family butler, most recently in “Ring Round the Moon”.  He was last on stage just three years ago in ”'Allo 'Allo” as the piano player in Cafe Rene.

John was a talented scenic artist and set designer and  produced numerous sets over the years, particularly period pieces which were his forte.  He loved sourcing appropriate furniture and items of décor to ensure that he had the detail just right. 
John will be sadly missed.



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