Tyldesley thespians secure three awards

The cast of Cinderella performed by Tyldesley Little Theatre
The cast of Cinderella performed by Tyldesley Little Theatre

TYLDESLEY Little Theatre scooped three awards at one of the region’s top awards ceremonies for amateur drama.

The company, based on Lemon Street, won a trio of gongs at the Greater Manchester Drama Federation awards dinner, with actors treading the boards for the first time enjoying particular success.

The biggest prize of the night went to 16-year-old actor Connor Parkinson, who picked up the Adjudicator’s Discretion award for his debut role in the company’s production of Cinderella.

Connor earned plaudits for stepping into his part in the pantomime at short notice after the original cast member pulled out and for taking on a role more commonly played by an actress.

Carly Lomax, who was also appearing in her first season with the theatre, was runner-up in the Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of a hysterical housewife struggling to cope with the slow pace of building a house extension in comedy Building Blocks, which was directed by Andrea Peters.

There was further success for Cinderella and director Jenny Whur as the show secured a runners-up prize in the Best Pantomime category.

Press Officer Ian Taylor said: “Connor and Carly thoroughly deserve their awards. Carly has put in award-worthy performances every time she has been on stage, and Connor also stepped in to a role in The Reunion at short notice and could easily have won a second award.

“It was also very nice to pick up another Best Panto nomination, especially as it was with our first new panto director in more than 10 years. The cast also worked hard to maintain the standards we always strive for.”

The theatre’s 2012/13 season will be announced later this month. Visit www.tlt.org.uk