Theatre group’s award haul

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A THEATRE group has picked up a string of awards for its per­for­mances.

The Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Play­ers are mem­bers of the Cheshire Theatre Guild.

That means ev­ery per­for­mance is judged by a pro­fes­sional ad­ju­di­ca­tor from the guild.

Ev­ery year the guild has an awards cer­e­mony at which they give awards to so­ci­eties across Cheshire based on per­for­mances dur­ing the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

The cer­e­mony in­volves a large range of cat­e­gories.

At the latest awards cer­e­mony at The Lit­tle Theatre in Al­trin­cham the Bolling­ton play­ers had a to­tal of 16 nom­i­na­tions and won six awards.

Awards in­cluded best cos­tume, best ju­nior pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor for Emma Sheldon, Nigel Wells and Josh Brather­ton for James and the Gi­ant Peach and the ‘Oh Yes You Have’ Tro­phy for Best Pan­tomime for Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood.

The Ad­ju­di­ca­tors Award went to An­thony Davies for out­stand­ing per­for­mance as Dame.

In the adults awards The Chron­i­cal Cup for Best Di­rec­tor went to Craig Harris, Diane McIntyre and Richard Comish for Sec­ond From Last in the Sack Race and the group won the Jane Key­lock award for Com­edy for the same show.

Jane Wells, from the group, said; “The awards in­volve a large num­ber of so­ci­eties and it’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

“We are so proud of ev­ery­one in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of putting on a pro­duc­tion and sup­port­ing the so­ci­ety.”

Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Play­ers started per­form­ing in the 60s and mem­bers of all ages put on plays and pan­tomimes through the year.

The panto gen­er­ally runs for just over a week and there are typ­i­cally one or two plays a year. These may fea­ture adult casts, ju­niors or both.

All per­for­mances are at The Arts Cen­tre in Bolling­ton.

The next pro­duc­tion is the pan­tomime Sleep­ing Beauty at the Arts Cen­tre, Bolling­ton from Jan­uary 8 to 16.

All in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Play­ers web­site.

●● Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val Play­ers at Cheshire Theatre guild award win­ners - Kath Port­lock, cos­tumes, Nigel Wells, di­rec­tor, An­thony Davies, Dame, Diane McIntyre, di­rec­tor, Craig Harris, di­rec­tor, and Lau­ren Wells, cast.

●● Bolling­ton mayor An­gela Wil­liams and her hus­band and con­sort Dai Wil­liams vis­ited Gina and Peter Davies for their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary

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