Brooklands Theatre sweeps the board at drama awards
BROOKLANDS Theatre Company swept the board at the Elmbridge Drama Festival, winning a total of four awards.
As We Forgive Those by Andrew Smith took home gongs for Best Play, Best All-Women’s Play, Best Under-21 Play and the Outstanding Festival Spirit Award (shared with Woking College).
The 47th annual festival came to a close, with awards adjudicator David Vince applauding the abundance of young talent in the area.
Eight of the 16 plays were performed by young companies at the festival, which kicked off at the Walton Playhouse on March 3 and was supported with a grant from the RC Sherriff Trust. Walton-based group Desborough Players also took home a couple of awards, winning the Adjudicator’s Trophy and Charlotte Cairns winning the Best Actress trophy for her role in The Ladybirds.
After the Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Rosemary Dane, had presented the awards, it was announced that Brooklands Theatre Company would progress into the next stage of the All-England Theatre Festival.
The youth acting group comprises students at Brooklands College in Weybridge.
As We Forgive Those, specially commissioned for the ensemble, explores the relationships between three females — questioning faith, family values and friendship.
Iain Patterson, founder of Brooklands Theatre Company and director of the play, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the students’ hard work and talent rewarded in what proved to be a very competitive arena.
“The cast of three are all just 17, yet perform with maturity and sensitivity far beyond their years. Their talent is a real credit to the college.”