Theatre group scoops two awards at popular festival

A scene from Grimsargh Players' Last Tango in Grimsargh
A scene from Grimsargh Players' Last Tango in Grimsargh

An amateur dramatics group has come out on top at a festival organised for performers to showcase their work.

Grimsargh Players took to the stage at the 20th One Act Play Festival at Preston’s Playhouse and came away with two top awards.

The group was presented with the Florence Smithies Trophy for best overall production and the trophy for best director, which was presented to Mary Jones.

The awards were for the group’s performance of the Last Tango in Grimsargh and comes ahead of their next production, Cakes and Ale, on Friday.

Director Mary Jones, from Longridge, said of the winning play: “It is a funny play set within an amateur dramatics society. It is the first time I have directed for Grimsargh and it has been a pleasure.

“I have been in drama all my life. I am really pleased for them that this has happened. It is fantastic for a local group to do so well.” Marie Gorman, from Grimsargh Players, added: “We are trying to promote the theatre to young people and trying to get new members so something like this is brilliant.

“We received a wonderful adjudication from Susan L. Mackay so we cant wait to share the fun with our audience on Friday.”

The festival ran last week from Wednesday to Saturday at the theatre in Market Street West and saw 11 one act plays, each one from a different group, performed.

It was organised by Broughton Players and involved various theatre groups including Fulwood’s Hall Players, Longton Players, Preston Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Hoghton Players and Freckleton’s Harlequins.

Cakes and Ale by the Grimsargh Players, is on this Friday and is in aid of the Playhouse’s Raising the Roof Appeal.

The appeal was launched earlier this year and aims to raise £50,000 to fix the roof of the theatre in Market Street West, Preston.

Cakes and Ale will be staged at Grimsargh Village Hall in Preston Road, Grimsargh, at 7.30pm. Tickets for the fund-raising show are priced at £7.

Call 01772 652630 or 07790081536 for tickets or more information.