The world’s a stage for award-winning college theatre group

THE Woking College Theatre Company kept up its tradition of high-calibre performances with multiple wins at drama festivals across the country.

Hitting the road over the course of the academic year, students performed Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s Everyman, which is a contemporary version of the 15th-century morality play, to a number of appreciative audiences.

The company began with wins at the Maidenhead Drama Festival, scooping the Overall Winners and Best Under-21 Cast accolades. They then added to their haul with six more prizes at the prestigious Elmbridge Festival. Gongs included Overall Winners, Best Under-21 Cast and Technical Excellence, as well as Best Directors Claire Nevers and Gina Marshall, and Best Youth Actor and Best Overall Actor prizes for Reece Webster.

The talented troupe continued on to the All England Theatre Festival Eastern Area semi-finals, where they finished runners-up,
with Reece receiving the Adjudicators’ Award for outstanding performance.

Claire, co-director with Gina, said: “The text was extremely challenging and they brought it to life with enthusiasm, skill and a great sense of passion, with a wonderful central performance by Reece Webster as Everyman.”

Proud Reece added: “The whole experience has again been so beneficial for us as a company, and I’m very proud of our efforts.”

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