Singer and Playright!
18th June 2012
Trimdon vocalist Mark Robberts was part of the Hartlepool Male Voice Choir accompanying opera singer Russell Watson in a melody of patriotic songs from Russell’s latest album; ANTHEM, at the Borough Hall, Hartlepool, on Saturday 16th June.
Mark, a soloist with the choir said: ‘It was indeed an honour to sing with such an inspiring figure as Russell. Such is his stature that all the tickets for this concert were sold out within hours of being released.’
Novelist and playwright Mark went nap with his fifth successive One Act award, when his new one act comedy ‘Brief Encounters’ was highly commended in the 2012 Sky Blue International One Act play writing competition.
‘Brief Encounters’ joins other recent comedy successes: ‘Spongecake, Branston and Knicker Elastic’; ‘Awakening the Dead’; ‘Two Sugars, please’; and ‘Kiss me Quick’.
Mark said: ‘With such a large, international and high profile entry I didn’t hold out much hope of any mention. But to be highly commended is especially pleasing as the play was written largely as a tribute to the late Ray Amer; a delightful, very accomplished and sadly missed North East actor. Knowing what a wit and gentleman Ray was, I am sure he will be looking on ‘from the wings’ wearing one of his wry smiles.’
‘Brief Encounters’ (naturally featuring the ever popular Rachmaninoff’s 2nd) is based upon an actual happening in which three rail enthusiasts travel to Stockton in order to see new locomotive Tornado’s inaugural run from Newcastle to Darlington and get – or do not get, what they came for.