Colne Engaine Dramatic Society reaches new heights!
We are a relaxed and fun group who don't take ourselves too seriously but do like to give our audiences value for money and a good evening out. So, imagine our surprise and delight at being nominated for 9 awards in the North Essex Theatre Guild. This covers the whole of North East Essex so we were very aware of the competition from the excellent amateur dramatic groups out there.
On the evening of Friday 8th September, 2017, we gathered at the 5 Bells for pre-theatre drinks (well Caroline insisted on Prosecco) all of us dolled up and our only expectation was to have a good evening in our own company. We piled into the minibus and arrived at the excellent Princes Theatre Clacton to a cacophony of laughter and very high spirits. This is a large venue and was very well attended with every table booked and even the balcony was full. All those egos! We settled at our tables and looking around it was so good to see younger groups, a mixture of ages, lots of talent and of course the inevitable luvvies with their noses in the air who probably thought they were at the Oscars!
The evening was very well organised and the award nominations were kept to a limited time with the hosts requesting that the award winners' speeches were kept to a minimum.
We applauded and cheered all the worthy winners but when it was announced that Dom Casey was awarded best actor for his role as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, well we raised the roof. Dom couldn't attend the evening so Simon Johns accepted the award on Dom's behalf and in true Panto style he hopped up the steps on one leg and in a gravelly voice thanked Billy Bones and various characters from Treasure Island!
Then to our delight and amazement we were awarded best Pantomine for Treasure Island, directed by Pat Saward and Jo Davidson. In the blink of an eye we dismissed the notion that 'its not the winning its all about taking part' - this was a serious accolade! We stormed up the steps to accept our award and posed for photographs.
Eventually the evening drew to a close and we piled into the minibus singing 'We are the Champions' and various other celebratory tunes and then it was back the the 5 bells to end the celebrations.
So ,your local drama group whilst revelling in their victory is still a fun group giving, we hope, value for money, but we all have slightly bigger heads now. See you at the next production.