‘Orphans’ wins top award at Hunstanton drama festival

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This summer’s Hunstanton Drama Festival of One Act Plays drew to a successful conclusion at the Princess Theatre on Sunday when the trophies were presented by the town mayor, Cllr James Johnson.

This particular festival marked 25 years of the event in its present form.

Groups from all over the Eastern area competed for a long list of awards including best original script, best actor, best supporting role and best youth production.

Winners of the Best Adult Production Award (the Stagecoach Cup) were the Wisbech Players with their stunning entry “Orphans” by Kyle Kessler, directed by Neil Staveley. It was a hard-hitting piece with lots of dramatic action and very professional acting from a tight team of three men.

Best Youth Group Performance (the Williamson Cup) went to Garboldisham Amateur Dramatic Society with their performance of “Children’s Ward” by Ellen Dryden, directed by Sandra Tutthill.

The emotional piece really tugged at the heartstrings and the young people all acted well and with empathy.

Best Actor award (the Mudie Cup) went to Ian Jones of the Wisbech Players and Best Actress Award went to Roz Morgan for her performance as Natalya in Garboldisham Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of The Proposal.

The John Seaman Cup for Best Original Youth Script went to The Rollason Stage School’s production of “Troubled Teens”, written and directed by Lucy Rollason.

This difficult piece showed the problems of bullying and its effects on the victims.

The Best Original Adult Script Award (the Noda Cup) went to Steve Harper of Downham Amateur Dramatic Society, for his script for The Hostages.

The Adjudicators’ Award went to Lynn Studio Players for their excellent performance of Man?– A Work in Progress.

It used extracts from various Shakespeare plays, short scenarios by Craig Taylor and improvised work based on song lyrics and children’s playground chants to great effect.

Full details of all the prize-winners will soon be available on the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts website.

There were 12 different play entries this year, with four original scripts. If your group would like to enter next year, contact the HDFA for full details.