This year’s one-act play festival saw fantastic performances by eight amateur drama groups who were competing in one of the preliminary rounds of The All England Theatre Festival (AETF).
Taking place over five evenings between 4-8 February at The Georgian Theatre Royal, audiences were treated to an exciting range of productions, including entries from four youth groups.
The Zetland Cup for best overall production went to The Allerton Players for their production of Five Black Marks. The company also won awards for best technical achievement and stage management; best single performance by an actress in a principal role; and best overall production of the festival as voted by the audience.
Best actor in a principal role went to Middlesbrough Little Theatre and Reeth Artyfacts secured best cameo performance in a supporting role. Other winners were Valley Players Youth who picked up the award for best set design; Wensleydale School who won the Adjudicator’s Cup; and the Sedgefield Players Youth who received awards for best single performance by an actress or actor in a supporting role and best youth group.
The Allerton Players will join the other winners of the North East division in a semi-final held on 24 and 25 May at Saltburn Community Theatre. The final takes place in Evesham Arts Centre on 14 June.