04:49AM, Friday 21 March 2014
Talented young thespians have taken to the stage at Maidenhead Drama Festival.
The initiative saw youth and adult groups from Maidenhead, Burnham, Slough, Windsor and beyond perform short plays in front of a panel of judges.
It ran from Tuesday, March 11, to Saturday, March 15, at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Altwood Road.
Stage One Youth, which is based in Maidenhead, performed co-founder Julian Fox's play 'Poppy' and scooped two trophies.
Set in the First World War, the tale follows five soldiers and five nurses, and was a festival debut for the group.
They took home the Special Prize of The South of England Building Society Bowl and The Fred Stone Trophy for The Best Unpublished Play.
"We are delighted," said Mr Fox.
"I wanted to write something that was for that particular age group and it being the centenary of the First World War, the First World War seemed a good subject."
He added the feedback they received from the audience was 'very, very positive' and that they also had constructive criticism from the judges.
Windsor Girls' Theatre Company, from Windsor Girls' School, took home three trophies for their entry 'The Spurt of Blood'.
All trophies were presented by festival president and Maidenhead Advertiser editor Martin Trepte.
Presentation pictures courtesy of Bob Simpson LRPS, Maidenhead Camera Club.
Class One - Open, 1 and The Biggs Drama Shield, Brooklands Theatre Company (Footfalls), 2 and The Dorcas Gowing Memorial Trophy, Windsor Girls' Theatre Company (The Spurt of Blood), 3 and The Frank Richards Cup, Colnbrook Amateur Stage Theatre (Z is for Zombie).
Class Two - The Maidenhead Advertiser Trophy (All Male or All Female Performance), Brooklands Theatre Company (Footfalls).
Class Three - The Maidenhead Youth Drama Trophy (18 and under at start of the Festival), Windsor Girls' Theatre Company (The Spurt of Blood).
Class Four - The Fred Stone Trophy (The Best Unpublished Play), Stage One Youth (Poppy)
Class Five - The Aubrey Harding Trophy (Best Performance of a Short Play), Windsor Girls Theatre Company (The Spurt of Blood).
Class Six - The Lynda Whitworth Award plus The Roy Bates Memorial Fund donation to the AETF (All England Theatre Festival) Winners, Brooklands Theatre Company (Footfalls).
Class Seven - The John Rigg Trophy (Best Comedy), Colnbrook Amateur Stage Theatre (Z is for Zombie).
Special award for Stage Presentation - The South of England Building Society Bowl, Stage One Youth (Poppy).
Adjudicator's Award - The Moyra Hutchinson Trophy, Woking College Theatre Company (Grimm Tales).
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