Players up for top awards

THURROCK Courts Players have been nominated for three awards for their performances in 2017.
The National Operatic and Dramatic Association present regional awards for five categories of performance and the only categories where Courts do not feature are Musicals and Youth Theatre. They have been nominated for Best Panto and Best Technical for their adult panto, The Only Way Is Dick (pictured above) and The Best Drama for One Man Two Guvnors.
The winners will be announced at the annual Awards lunch ( a mini Oscars ceremony) which will be on Sunday, 13 May 2018 in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
The Players have won awards for several years but have never before been nominated three times in one year. Chairman Vic Gray said: “We have always been proud of our reputation for maintaining a high standard but it is gratifying to receive official recognition from this theatrical organisation.”
Courts are hoping to enter One Man Two Guvnors in drama festivals in the middle of 2018 and possibly one performance at the Thameside Theatre, Grays for those who missed it and those who want to see it again. Luke Coldham, currently appearing as the Dame in the Thameside Panto has written another Adult Panto for Courts.
Rubbin Hood will be on stage from 7 to 10 February. Meanwhile, he will be taking the cast of The Only Way Is Dick to the Towngate Theatre, Basildon for seven performances from 24 to 28 January.
*TOPS on Stage. Thurrock Operatic Society’s musical theatre platform for all ages is shortlisted in the musicals category for its production of Guys and Dolls.

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