RADS return from Sedgefield Drama Festival with four awards

Rachel Hall, left, receives her award.

Members of Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society (RADS) left with four awards after taking part in a four-day drama festival in Sedgefield.

The drama festival has been held for the past 45 years at the Sedgefield Parish Hall.

This year, groups from Sedgefield, Richmond and Scarborough performed one act plays which were adjudicated by GODA representative Chris Baglin.

RADS submitted two plays into the festival, the first being The Form by NF Simpson which was directed by the late Roger Ordish, who sadly passed away recently.

The play continued in his honour and was performed by Scott Fenney, Rachel Hall, Jackie McLeod and Andy Spivey.

The second entry was Little Grimley Presents Strictly Sex Factor on Ice by David Tristram, which was directed by Max Walker and performed by Coral Lincoln, Mike Walker, Rachel Hall and Carole White.

Awards were handed out on Saturday evening in various categories.

Scott Fenney took the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Mr Whimby, while Rachel Hall took home Best Actress for her performances across both plays as Miss Haviour and Bernie.

Mike Walker took the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Gordon whilst the Adjudicator Award went to Little Grimley for Coral Lincoln’s scene on her roller skates.

Speaking of the awards, Scott Fenney said: “We are delighted to have been able to stage two wonderful comedies in this year’s festival and are honoured to receive these awards in what was a very strong festival.

“The awards are testament to the great direction from both Max and Roger and the strong acting talents we have in the society.”

RADS would like to thank Sedgefield Players for the festival and also for the donation of the raffle money which went to The Stroke Association in honour of Roger.

RADS next performance is Whisky Galore at The Georgian Theatre Royal,  November 9 to 11.

If you are interested in joining RADS in any capacity , contact the secretary at membership@richmond-ads.org.uk.