'The Importance of Being Ernest' wins best play

'The Importance of Being Ernest' wins best play

We are over the moon to announce that 'The Importance of Being Ernest' has won the 2016 award for best play.

SLT belongs to NODA, the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. They promote and assist amateur dramatic and operatic groups all over the country and one of the ways they do this is to send a representative to NODA member productions.

We invite our district representative and he/she gives the company some constructive feedback afterwards but also marks them on all aspects of the production - not just the acting!

Each representative has their own district, to enable them to visit as many productions as possible. SLT are in the East Midlands region and our district is South Lincolnshire.

Every year, the highest marked productions are nominated for an award, with the top one being declared the eventual winner at an awards ceremony for the whole East Midlands region, held in Loughborough.

Awards are presented in each district for best play, best panto, best musical and best youth production. This year we were nominated for best play and were up against societies in Grantham and Boston but we won for The Importance of Being Ernest.

The ceremony is rather like the Oscars, not knowing the winner until we go on stage for our nomination certificate.

The president of NODA presents the awards to the winners. SLT have had many nominations and awards in the past, all displayed in the foyer of the Playhouse. The last winning award was for Aladdin as best panto but we also had a nomination last year for Scrooge, the panto.

Mary Rudkin who portrayed the role of Lady Bracknell and attended the ceremony alongside the plays Director, Alan Robey, said "It was wonderful to see a theatre packed full of people of all ages, all who use their various talents to bring quality theatrical productions to their local population just for the love of doing it.

"After going to the event last year and having the disappointment of being nominated but not winning, I was thrilled for Alan and the cast and crew that all the hard work paid off. I think it was well deserved, a great production that I am very proud to have been part of."