Group’s delight at awards

.Jo Homer (front centre) with Orchard Theatre Group members....''Photo by Peter Jordan.
.Jo Homer (front centre) with Orchard Theatre Group members....''Photo by Peter Jordan.
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Ilkeston’s Orchard Theatre Group which is celebrating its 70th anniversary later this year,has scored stunning successes at the annual NANDA(Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Drama Association) Awards Dinner, writes Peter Jordan.

The event took place at the Welbeck Hotel in Nottingham.

NANDA chairman Joan Wildgust welcomed 140 thespians representing ten amateur drama and theatre groups whose productions,staged during the past year, were adjudicated upon by Stephen Godward, assisted by Jean Krzeminski,who presented cups,trophies and certificates.

Orchard Theatre Group, led by Gwyneth Crooks,staged two productions in 2012,Dead Man’s Hand,which earned them the Front of House award,and Ladies Day, which was notable for the performances of leading lady Joanne Homer, who won NANDA’s Best Actress award.

Delighted at Joanne’s success, Gwyneth Crooks said: “It was well deserved considering that she was taken seriously ill just hours before she was due on stage in Ladies Day.

“In true theatre tradition, Jo put her health problems behind her and gave dazzling performances which obviously impressed the adjudicator who described her character acting as “exceptional”.

Bonington Players Drama Group were the top award winners with a production of Brassed Off which was adjudged to be Best All Round Play.

The production was successful in earning leading player Steve Atkin the Best Actor award.

Photo submitted by Peter Jordan