The Old Pocklingtonian Old Pocklingtonian 2017-18 - Page 8

CAREERS AND AWARDS much I wonder whether I should be charged for the privilege.” Tim Stephenson (70-79), Chair of Governors, said: “Darrell has made very significant contributions to Pocklington School both as a teacher and also as a Governor. He has a very strong appreciation of the values and strengths of the school and is a true ambassador. “Darrell’s contribution as a Governor goes well beyond the extensive time and effort required to edit and be one of the authors of the school history, published at the time of the quincentenary in 2014. “His aesthetic appreciation and architectural knowledge have been invaluable as we have developed the school estate. His wholehearted OP WINS PRESTIGIOUS PLAYWRIGHT AWARD October was an exciting month for OP Patrick Russell (02-13) after his play ‘Antlers’ was nominated for two prestigious playwright awards. After studying English Literature and graduating from Warwick University, Patrick took part in the Birmingham Rep Foundry Scheme and the Soho Theatre Young Company Writers’ Lab, where he wrote his nominated play, Antlers. Out of 1,064 submissions, Patrick was one of six playwrights shortlisted for the prestigious Verity and wise approach is fully deserving of the national recognition recently announced, albeit relating to his work in York!” Headmaster Mark Ronan said: “I wholeheartedly agree with Tim Stephenson – and would add that I am immensely grateful to the support that Darrell provides all at the school. I value his understanding of our history and what it means to be a Pocklingtonian.” OP Pippa Nutt (97-06) said: “We’re over the moon to hear that a great teacher we have such fond memories of has been recognised for the selfless work he puts into the community.” Bargate Award for best new writer for the theatre. This biennial playwriting prize, named after Soho Theatre’s co-founder, is open to writers who have had fewer than three professional productions. The winner receives £7,000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce their play. The award has previously uncovered the best new play by an emerging UK writer and launched the careers of some of Britain’s most established writers. ‘Antlers’ was also one of five plays shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award which honours an exceptional play from the 2016 intake of 80 Soho Theatre Young Company Writers’ Lab participants. ‘Antlers’ is about the responsibilities within families and the process of caring and letting go of loved ones. It uses folklore, storytelling and magical realism to investigate the ageing process. The winner of both awards was announced during an event at Soho Theatre, on October 27, when excerpts from the nominated plays were performed to a panel of eight judges. Patrick was delighted to be announced as the winner of the Tony Craze Award. His play ‘Antlers’ THE YORKSHIRE POST INAUGURAL RURAL AWARDS OPs were winners in two categories at the inaugural Yorkshire Post Rural Awards held in Harrogate in October 2017. The awards were initiated to celebrate outstanding people and businesses from the countryside communities in the Yorkshire region. Hosted by BBC journalist and news presenter, Harry Gration, the awards covered several categories including the Diversification award which went to Tom Mellor’s (70-78) Wold Top Brewery and Vet of the Year which went to Ed Pettifer (86-93). Fourteen years ago when the Mellor family founded Wold Top Brewery, it was brewing 300 gallons a week with no paid staff. Now the business at 8 Hunmanby Grange is up to 5,600 gallons with a team of 14. In 2015, a new brew plant was installed which increased the brewery’s size by 150 per cent to cope with demand. It now fills 2 million bottles annually. The farm has further diversified with the addition of Muddy Souls Events, hosting weddings and the annual Moonbeams music festival. Ed Pettifer of Wicstun Vet Group in Market Weighton, was nominated for his award by one of his peers for his energy and enthusiasm for his work and his ability to develop a fantastic bond with the animals in his care. His work involves providing treatment for both pets and farm animals and despite his busy occupation he has found time to study for extra qualifications which have given him the skills to save many animals whose owners would have struggled to otherwise afford referral practice fees. His award nomination told of a vet who is good will receive a rehearsed reading at the Soho Theatre in London next year. Patrick remembers fondly his time spent at Pocklington School, which ultimately inspired him to follow his chosen career path. He says: “I still think of my time in the Tom Stoppard Theatre with the Theatre Department staff. I wrote my first play while I was at Pocklington and I will always remember those teachers that championed creativity.” His play was called ‘The Final Push’ and was a comedy about education and leaving school and followed a group of friends on the day of their final A level exams. Patrick continues to work with the Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre and hopes to progress his own career as a playwright, whilst also helping to inspire and develop new talent. He says: “My ambition is to have my own work staged professionally as well as work in development and new writing departments in order to help other new writers and new voices get their work on stage and screen.” Patrick is at the start of a promising career in which we wish him well and hope to be able to see some of his work performed in the future. to work with and has a positive attitude. He is also credited with being a sensible business person who understands the importance of customer service. (From the Yorkshire Post Rural Awards supplement, 14 October 2017 – MGM)