CADS drama awards for talented duo

TWO talented Crow Country residents have been honoured by a local drama group. Corvus amateur drama society (CADS) made their annual awards presentation after the final performance of their pantomime, 1001 Arabian Nights (and a matinee), last Saturday. Th

TWO talented Crow Country residents have been honoured by a local drama group.

Corvus amateur drama society (CADS) made their annual awards presentation after the final performance of their pantomime, 1001 Arabian Nights (and a matinee), last Saturday.

The Fred Sillence award, named in honour of the former Crow editor and long time CADS member, was given to David Atkins, assistant head at the Meridian School. It reflects the contribution he has made to performing arts in the area.

Michael Young, CADS secretary, said: "David is a self-deprecating performer who never fails to display a generosity of spirit towards those with whom he performs, a seemingly tireless amount of energy, and an enthusiasm for music and drama which is simply contagious.


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"He has entertained us all in one way or another for many years, and through his continuing encouragement of others is helping to ensure that Royston is never likely to be short of talent in future."

The Lizzie Houghton award recognises the young person who has made the biggest contribution to drama in the Royston area. This went to Jenni Richards, 17, a multi-talented performer who plays bass guitar, double bass, electric bass, violin, viola, electric violin and piano and performs with both the Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra and the Hertfordshire Schools Symphony Orchestra, as well as singing in the Royston Youth Choir.

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She has appeared in CADS productions, and took a leading role in the Meridian school's production of Hairspray.

The pantomime itself attracted record audiences, and programme sales at the performances raised �300, which will be put towards the cost of buying a shelterbox to help with the relief effort in Haiti.

Pantomime Review

HAVING been billed as "better than the pantomimes in Cambridge or Stevenage", CADS latest production had a lot to live up to.

And 1001 Arabian Nights (and a matinee) certainly didn't disappoint, captivating audiences who flocked to Greneway School to grab a slice of family fun.

The tale of Ali Barber's (Vicky Green) attempts to woo Princess Jasmina (Kay Morland) with the help of her sister Princess Bobtasia (Abi Page) was packed with gags and songs to keep viewers young and old enthralled throughout.

As the dastardly Grand Vizier, David Atkins gave a wonderful performance, and seemed to lap up the boos and hisses of the watching crowd.

Also on top form was Rowan Quilty as Ali's dopey brother Singbad, complete with his disobedient pet camel Humpy, while Julian Berry's Dame Barber stole the scene on several occasions.

Throw in some superb sets, and stupendous songs, including a raucous sing-a-long rendition of Alice the Camel, and you have a fantastic evening's entertainment.

Once again the team at CADS have set themselves a high bar, and anyone who was lucky enough to see the pantomime for themselves will already been looking forward to next year's show.

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