Five members of our Performing Arts societies were nominated for the Daily Echo’s Curtain Call Awards in January. The Academy Award-style ceremony took place at Southampton’s Grand Harbour Hotel on Friday 27 January with more than 400 actors and theatre lovers in attendance to celebrate the achievements of youth amateur dramatics groups in the South.

The nominations are as follows:

  • Darius Timmerman (Theatre group) for his role as Moses in Animal Farm. Applauded for realising “his inner holy roller perfectly as this preaching crow”.
  • Charlie Randall (Showstoppers) received two nominations for his roles as Paul Muddle in Freelancers and Stephano in The Tempest and has been championed for his “flawless comic timing”.
  • Cat Lewis (Theatre group) for her role as Daria Chase in The Game’s Afoot, where she played a “fearful journalist [who] handles the droll wisecracks with aplomb”.
  • Ruthie Pinion Freelancers (Showstoppers) for her “innovative” performance in Freelancers.

Members of the Daily Echo headed the panel of judges with appearances from TV star Sarah Parish, who awarded the gongs.

The cast of The Pirates of Penzance from Mayflower Productions Summer Youth Project took away the main award for their ‘piractically perfect’ performances. A full list of award winners can be and photos from the evening can be found on the Daily Echo website.

Did you know?

You can join our student groups at any point during the year. If you are interested in finding out more about our Performing Arts Societies, go to our website at www.unionsouthampton.org/groups/pa