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Sedgefield Drama Festival - the results are in!
From 10th - 14th of September, Sedgefield Players (right) hosted the 43rd annual Sedgefield Drama Festival - and what a fantastic week of theatre it was, with drama, comedy, murder, intrigue, titillation and a lot of laughs!
Teams from around the North East, including Durham, Saltburn, Richmond and Scarborough, performed 8 plays, with adjudicator Jan Palmer-Sayer noting that the standard was very high. Sedgefield audiences were treated to 4 original plays amongst the 8 competing. Saltburn 53 Youth Theatre won the Audience Award for their production of Sue Pierce’s original play ‘Maggots’. Sue also won Best Director and the production won the Youth Award, Most Effective Set, the Ensemble Award and Best Individual Female under 21 for Hannah Whiley.
The Best Individual Male Under 21 was won by Kieron O’Donnell, a member of SPYS (below) playing the role of Sam in Lucy Atkinson’s ’As it was’, another original play for which Lucy also won the New Writing Award.
The adult Players did well in the acting categories with Rosemary Jones and Jacqui O’Meara winning the Cameo Award for their small, but incredibly comedic roles in Tom Guests’ ’The Twa Sisters’, which also came second in the Festival winning the Runner Up to the Best Production Award. Tom also won the Best Actor award for his role as ’The Man’ in the Sedgefield Players Production of ’The Spy’.
Best Actress went to Sue Wilding of Statement Drama Company for her role in ’Crab Cakes’ by Joan Lipkin, while the award for Endeavour went to Holmside Productions for bringing an almost forgotten play back to the stage.
But it was Richmond Amateur Dramatics Society who swept the board with their production of ’Being Rose’ by Richard James. The play won the Technical Award, Most Effective 30 seconds, the Costume Award, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Scott Fenney and Jennifer Roberts respectively. Director Katherine Talbot won the award for Originality for taking on a difficult and challenging play and developing it into something interesting and intriguing. The play won overall, the first time that RADS have done so.
Lastly, the adjudicator’s award can be given for anything that the adjudicator wishes to recognise, and this year it was won by Emily Legender of SPYS, both for her role as Ruby in ’As it was’ but also for her continued presence and exuberance during the festival.
An excellent week of theatre all round. TG