Successful Night For Theatre Club At Drama Awards

Left to Right: Neil Middleton, Tom Scott and Gail Sibley

St Mary’s Theatre Club has won a clutch of prizes at this year’s Cornwall Drama Association Awards.

Their summer production of the Noel Coward comedy, Present Laughter, won top awards for Best Actor and Best Costumes and came runner up in the Best Play category.

Neil Middleton, who won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of playboy actor, Gary Essendine, left the islands to take a new job on the mainland when the run of shows ended in September.

He attended the ceremony at Newquay’s Hotel Bristol to receive his award.

It’s the first time the group have won the Best Costume award and Director, Maggie Perkovic says this is a recognition of the painstaking and detailed recreation of the 1940s outfits by Anne Farr, Mo Love, Betty Sherris, Jane Pender and Barbara Phillips.

The production came runner up in the Best Play category, an award the club has won previously for “See How They Run.” They also came runner up last year.

Maggie told us she’s delighted with the awards, describing the group as “simply the best” and adding they couldn’t have done it without “absolutely everyone.”

Maggie announced over the summer that she’ll be standing down from directing the performances and handing the reigns over to the younger members of the group, although she says she’ll still be taking an active role in the shows.

The club is currently preparing for their January panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.


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