Awards show drama group’s star qual­ity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

THE town’s troupe of am­a­teur thes­pi­ans have proven their prow­ess to win a haul of awards at three the­atri­cal fes­ti­vals.

Mac­cles­field Am­a­teur Dra­mat­ics So­ci­ety (MADS) mem­bers have been tread­ing the boards since the group was set up more than 50 years ago, with a range of per­for­mances held at the Lit­tle Theatre on Lord Street through­out the sea­son.

The so­ci­ety has re­ceived the thumbs up for its latest sea­son of per­for­mances, with a col­lec­tion of ac­co­lades from the­atri­cal fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the Cheshire Theatre Guild, North Staffs Drama Fed­er­a­tion and Greater Manch­ester Drama Fed­er­a­tion.

Richard Shute, MADS chair­man, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted and very pleased for all the MADS ac­tors and crew who have won tro­phies and re­ceived nom­i­na­tions this year.

“This demon­strates to Cheshire, Greater Manch­ester and North Stafford­shire that MADS puts on the very high­est qual­ity live theatre.

“Mac­cles­field should be ex­tremely proud of all their en­deav­ours. I am.”

The troupe was nom­i­nated for a to­tal of 30 awards, win­ning eight.

Fran Dykes won best ac­tress at the North Staffs Drama Awards for her role in Fe­male of the Species.

At the same fes­ti­val, Toby Cord­well won Best Ac­tor for his role in Early One Morn­ing and Peter Munro won Best Com­edy Per­for­mance for his part in Boe­ing Boe­ing.

The pro­duc­tion of Boe­ing Boe­ing came in third place for Best Pro­duc­tion.

Rachel Spear­ing won Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress at the Greater Manch­ester Drama Fed­er­a­tion Awards for her per­for­mance in Im­mac­u­late, and Robert Copeland was given the Spe­cial Ad­ju­di­ca­tor’s Award for his ex­cel­lent skill in tak­ing on a part at short no­tice for The Woman Who Cooked Her Hus­band.

Ailsa Oak­ley tri­umphed at the Cheshire Theatre Guild Awards and won best sup­port­ing ac­tress for her per­for­mance in Boe­ing Boe­ing, which was also named run­ner up for Best Pro­duc­tion.

The next show by MADS is the black com­edy Me and My Friend, which will run from Septem­ber 21-26. Charles Dick­ens’ clas­sic Great Ex­pec­ta­tions will be per­formed be­fore Christ­mas.

MADS is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers and has a club night each Thurs­day evening from 7.30pm where any­one aged 16 and over can go along.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to mad­sthe­atre.org.

●● The cast of Boe­ing Boe­ing which won an award for Best Pro­duc­tion. Back: Beth Rim­mer, Peter Munro, Cameron Chan­dler, Ailsa Oak­ley and El­iz­a­beth Bloor. Front: Suzanne Copeland, Rob Copeland and Claire Tay­lor

●● Award win­ners Rachael Spear­ing, Peter Munro, Toby Cord­well, Cameron Chan­dler, Ailsa Oak­ley, Gail Hard­man, Rob Copeland and Francesca Dykes

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