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Celebrating Neston’s achievements at Leverhulme Drama Festival 2022



Author: Samantha Giblin, Artistic Director of the Little Actors Theater Company Posted: Apr 13, 2022 9:58 PM

Recovering from the pandemic, the Little Actors Theater Company flew the Neston flag and celebrated much success at the Leverhulme Drama Festival.

The Little Actors Theater in Neston celebrates the achievements of the Leverhulme Drama Festival 2022. After the pandemic we have decided to dream big or come home to Neston. We have therefore entered four plays in the Leverhulme Drama Festival. Despite numerous COVID-related issues, we managed to showcase all four last week at this competitive festival.

The shows were:

  • A real royal flight – Saturday Theater Club – Advanced group (7-11 years old);
  • Meet the Windsors – InterACT Youth Theater (Juniors 12 years old);
  • Variants – InterACT Youth Theater aged 13-18 (this is the National Theater Connections project yet to be transferred to The Lowry);
  • The Queen and the Weaver – Brightlights Theater Company for the over 50s (deferred from 2020).

Artistic Director Samantha Giblin produced the four plays and directed Variations and Mike Lockley directed the other three plays.

The results were therefore more than satisfactory – we are delighted. To sum up: of the six youth awards, ten young people were nominated and won three.

The group of adults also won a prize, so four prizes in total.

  • Youth Presentation Awards (sets, costumes, sound and light, etc.) – Nominees: Variations and Meet the Windsors.
  • Youth Originality Award – Nominated: A Right Royal Robbery.
  • Best Young Actor – Nominations: Oscar and Zachary and Zachary won the award, for Variations Zachary won this award for the second year in a row.
  • Best Youth Actress – Nominations: Evie, Catriona and Addison/Juliet in Police. All credit goes to Juliette who only took on this role three weeks ago, it just shows what you can do when you put your mind to it! Catriona was the winner of this award, for Meet the Windsors, and she was also in Variations, taking on a role until January.
  • Youth Endeavor Award (an award for effort, creativity and being a good team) – A Right Royal Robbery won this award.
  • Adult Presentation Award (Set, Costume, Sound and Lights) – The Queen and the Weaver won this award for the second year in a row. Scenography by directors Ian and Sheila Thomson in partnership with Mike.

Photo of Elizabeth holding the Youth Endeavor award.Photo of Elizabeth holding the Youth Endeavor awardThe judge was very complimentary for all four shows and also provided a relevant and fair review.

Congratulations to our winners and all our participants. A huge success. Congratulations and thank you to the entire staff team. Everyone can be very proud of him.


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