1998: The John Hyland Award
In 1998 the John Hyland Award was inaugurated in memory of a local schoolmaster who was heavily involved in CFT from its early years: Secretary and Chairman of the Theatre's Society, Board member of CFT Productions, and founder of CFT's audio description service with his wife Sue.
The award is given annually to a member of Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (CFYT) who best embodies the spirit of what CFYT is all about: attending workshops, taking part in productions and contributing to the many other activities of the LEAP (Learning, Education and Participation) department. The award itself was created by renowned local sculptor Philip Jackson. On the 25th anniversary of the John Hyland Award, a celebratory concert CFYT Celebrates! took place on 31 July 2022.
The John Hyland Award represents some of the most amazing opportunities in my young adult life. It gave me confidence where previously I had perhaps lacked some. It gave me inspiration. I have been lucky enough to have many exciting experiences since winning the John Hyland Award, but it remains amongst those I treasure most.
Luke Osborne, the third recipient of the Award in 2000
The John Hyland Award was always something to aspire to as a member of the Youth Theatre. As we were all so deeply impacted by CFYT, with it building our confidences and giving us incredible opportunities. Receiving the award was wonderful, especially having it presented to me by Dale Rooks, who has done so much for me and so many others, as well as the lovely Sue Hyland. There were so many wonderful winners before me, who have gone on to have incredible careers, that being included with them so an honour.
2008 recipient Charlie Bentley
I was given the award because I was involved for Friday Late Club and I was volunteering at Chichester Festival Theatre as well. I was absolutely speechless, but it was a great honour to receive that Award. It makes me feel like I’m part of the family of Chichester Festival Theatre.
Joseph Harrington, who received the award in 2016
I remember feeling such a sense of achievement and joy, it was so wonderful to be recognised as a member of CFYT and I was just so thankful for the opportunities I have been given over the last few years. It was such a rewarding way to end my journey at CFYT whilst also realising that it was just the beginning!
2021 recipient Joseph Clines
Being part of CFYT formed my life and was a second home so I was incredibly honoured and felt very emotional in being recognised in this way. I have had the fact I won this award on my CV since I had to have a CV really! The award has impacted me in terms of learning that the recognition one gets from hard work, dedication and an enthusiastic and willing approach. It’s been lovely to think back about all the amazing times I had at CFYT and as part of the CFT family. Long may it continue!
Heidi Pointet (right) in CFYT'S Snow Queen 2009
JOHN HYLAND AWARD WINNERS 1998 – PRESENT
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Professional Set and Costume Designer
Professional Actor and Puppeteer, credits include War Horse (National Theatre)
CFYT Creative Practitioner
Musician, Singing Coach, Composer and Voice Therapist
Theatre Maker and Videographer
Harry Scott &
Professional Theatre Designer
Gym and Spa Manager
Heidi Pointet &
Education Coordinator, specialising in Creative Arts for Early Years
Deputy House Manager at CFT
Hypnotherapist and Life Coach
Theatre Programmer; Young Trustee at CFT
Theatre Operations Manager
Theatre Stage Manager
Front of House staff at CFT
Freelance Practitioner CFYT
Member of CFT's Youth Advisory Board