Stage stars shine at 2013 Bolton Amateur Theatre Society awards
A NIGHT of celebration honoured the stars of Bolton’s thriving amateur theatre scene.
Hundreds of people attended the Bolton Amateur Theatre Society (BATS) Awards at the Last Drop Village Hotel, Bromley Cross, on Friday.
Special guest David Thacker, artistic director of the Octagon Theatre, joined BATS chairman Paul Cohen to hand out trophies in 16 categories for shows staged throughout the 2012/13 season.
Mr Thacker, who sees his fifth season launch at the Octagon on Thursday, said: “There are 32 amateur societies in BATS and of those 29 have done productions this year — 78 in total — It’s phenomenal.
“When I came to Bolton I had no idea amateur drama was so flourishing and vibrant and plays such an important part in people’s lives.
“I feel very privileged to be invited here to be part of that celebration.”
A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Owen and Mary Riley, both aged 83, for their dedication to St Vincent’s AODS for more than 50 years.
The prestigious Michael Rodgers Award was given to Michael Tatman, former BATS vice-chairman, who became involved with Bolton Little Theatre through his wife Elizabeth.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal before the awards were presented, followed by a disco into the early hours.
Mr Cohen said: “It’s been an excellent night with some very worthy winners. There’s a record number of people here — 263. Again, it’s going from strength to strength.”
Liam Jones, from St Paul’s Players, Adlington, was named Best Newcomer for his role of Shane in Brassed Off.
The Best Drama award went to Marco Players for And Did Those Feet.
Best Actor in a Drama went to Ben Latham, who played Guardsman Bowe in Bolton Little Theatre’s production of My Boy Jack.
Natalie Crompton, who played Maggie Hobson in Farnworth Performing Arts Company’s Hobson’s Choice, won Best Actress in a Drama.
Best Comedy went to The Odd Couple, by Phoenix Theatre Company.
Peter Haslam won the award for Best Actor in A Comedy, for his portrayal of Mr Pigden in Out of Order, by Marco Players.
Best Actress in a Comedy went to Winnie Beatty, from Tyldesley Little Theatre, for her role of Mrs Morris in A Night On The Tiles.
Yeoman of the Guard, by The Three Towns Operatic Society, scooped Best Musical.
Best Actor in a Musical went to Steve Benson, who played Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Jekyll And Hyde, by Walmsley AODS.
Best Actress in a Musical was Janelle Thompson, who played Denny Blood in Bad Girls, staged by Adlington Music and Arts Society.
Aladdin, by Farnworth Performing Arts Company, was named Best Pantomime and CATS Youth Theatre won the Best Youth Production award for Children Of Eden.
Best Choreography went to Five Saints ATC, for Half A Sixpence, which was choreographed by Joanne Hornby.
And Death Trap, by Farnworth Little Theatre, won Best Set and Costume Design Technical Award.
There were also runner-up certificates for several of the winning societies, as well as St Joseph’s Players, St Vincent’s AODS, Opera 74, Bolton Premier Productions, St Simons and St Jude ADS, St Philip’s AODS, BCMCS and New Rosemere.
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