THERE was a line-up of outstanding talent at the Hale One Act Play Festival awards.

The categories were keenly contested - with the award winners receiving their prizes from the Mayor, Cllr Patricia Young.

The winners were: The Enid Holt Cup for Best Overall Play.

• Café Society for ‘Voices’ by Peter Harrison.

The SAM Cup for Best Overall Play (Drama).

•Penrhos Players for ‘A Smell of Burnt Feathers’ by Paul Gisby.

The Best Overall Play (Comedy).

•TLC for ‘Who Was That’ by Charlie Cook.

Best Play (Junior).

•Hyde Little Theatre for ‘Detective Mimms and the Snaffler’.

Best Play (Youth).

•C.A.T.S. (Bolton) for ‘2996 Pieces of Paper’ by Lewis Gorse.

Best Individual (Drama).

•Martin Oldfield for Old Man in ‘Voices’ for Café Society.

Best Individual (Comedy).

•Holly Burnand for Alice in ‘Orca the Goldfish’ for Sale Nomads.

Ruby Smith Quaich for Best Individual (Junior).

•Meg Stagg for PC Flint in “Detective Mimms and the Snaffler” for Hyde Little Theatre.

Best Individual (Youth).

•Naaman Carr for Man in ‘The Worker” for Altrincham Creative Theatre.

Bert Holland Award for Best Director (Youth).

•Lewis Gorse for ‘2996 Pieces of Paper’ for C.A.T.S. (Bolton).

Roy Bradley Shield (Adjudicators Award).

•Beth Owen and Samantha Morgan-Jones for Teamwork in ‘A Smell of Burnt Feathers’ for Penrhos Players.

Vicki and David Lane Trophy for Best Director (Adult).

•Val Watkinson for ‘Voices’ for Café Society.

Harris Shield for Best Director (Junior).

•Janice Haughton for ‘Detective Mimms and the Snaffler’ for Hyde Little Theatre.

David Olive Trophy for Most Promising Young Person.

•Lewis Gorse for “2996 Pieces of Paper” for C.A.T.S. (Bolton). Valerie Harris, head tutor at Altrincham Creative Theatre School, said they were delighted to receive several nominations, with drama student Naaman Carr winning the Best Individual Youth Award: “We had very good feedback from all those who saw the performances and my tutors and I are very pleased for the students. It may sound clichéd but it is about the taking part that counts. However it is always a lovely bonus when we win an award.”

Auditions for new members will take place in September and for more details about ACTS call Valerie on 0161 928 2277 or email her at