TWO Southwick theatre companies were among the prize winners at the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards 2013.
The awards were presented during an evening of glitter and glamour, with three going to The Southwick Players and two to Wick Theatre Company.
The adjudicator this year was Brighton actor and producer Keith Drinkel, who began the evening with his memories, and criticisms, of the eight productions taking part.
Animal Farm, performed by the Players in September, was awarded the Flower Award for Best Technical Achievement.
Rosemary Bouchy, Wick Theatre’s press officer, said: “This award was well deserved for the fold-up windmill, which drew gasps of amazement from the audience.”
Sally Diver and her team again walked off with Best Publicity for the Players, and the BHAC Chairman’s Award went to Animal Farm director Tony Bright his bravery in tackling with success such a large and complex production.
Wick Theatre accolades went to Guy Steddon, who was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as Biff in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Martin Oakley, who accepted the certificate for Best Sound Design.
The coveted Bea Waters Challenge Cup for Best Overall Production went to Brighton Little Theatre for Loveplay by Moira Buffini, which featured a succession of scenes depicting love through the ages.
Master of Ceremonies was BHAC chairman John Hird, and awards organiser Audrey Simpson handed out the trophies and certificates.