Winners announced at Eagle Awards at Derby Theatre

eagle awrdsAmateur dramatic groups and enthusiasts gathered at Derby Theatre last night for the annual Eagle Awards which celebrate excellence on the stage.

There were 31 nominations from 15 different amateur groups across Derby vying for one of eight awards plus the coveted Ken and Barbara Pipes Award for Exceptional Contribution to Amateur Theatre.

The lively audience clapped and cheered their way through the evening and were entertained between awards by a wealth of local talent. First up were the Rock of Ages Choir, formed last year by the Age UK centre at Chaddesden Park, followed by the beautiful singing of Sabrina Sandhu, a 19-year-old from Alvaston.

The Landau Forte College Youth Theatre entertained the audience to a singing and dancing performance of Jack Be Nimble and the ARK Theatre performed a new short play written and directed by Rochelle Mace.

Derbyshire favourites Dale Diva were part of the evening in the form of Farenheit, an a-cappella quartet split off from the main group and the finale for the evening was lively Bollywood style dancing from the Javvani Dance Company  founded in 2007 by Surtal Arts.

The host for the evening was Richard Gerver a Derby-based business speaker who started out as an actor.

The winners of the awards for 2013 were:

The Jo Davison Award for the Best Newcomer, presented by Sarah Brigham, was won by Tamzin Grayson, of The Marlowe Players, for her direction of Rope; The Timothy Dalton Award for the  Best Performance in a Play, presented by Elli MacKenzie-Barrow, was won by Nick Barker and Alan Waring for their parts in Inspector Drake and the Black Widow for the Mickleover Players; The Gwen Taylor Award for the Best Performance in a Musical, presented by Gwen Taylor, was won by Craig Arme, of the Central Operatic Society, as Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors;   The Phil Treece Award for the Best Performance in a Pantomime, presented by Adam Buss, was won by Wayne Perry, of the Watson Players for his role as The Prime Minister in Jack and the Beanstalk; The Derby Telegraph Award for the Best Production in A Play, presented by Toby Bradford, was won by The Mickleover Players for Inspector Drake and The Black Widow; The Gordon Bewley Award for the Best Production of a Musical, presented by Wyn Hinks, was won by the Central Operatic Society for Little Shop of Horrors; The Malcolm Sircom Award for the Best Production of a Pantomime, presented by Jamie Sircom, was won by the Enfield Players for The Adventures of Robin Hood; The Brian Glazebrook Award for Outstanding Achievement, presented by Paul Brenham, was won by The Caldendar Girls, from the Watson Players for The Calendar Girls and The Ken and Barbara Pipes Award for Exceptional Contribution to Amateur Theatre was won by Barry Smith, of Kaleidoscope Players.