Celebrating the arts in Teddington

Release Date: 11 September 2017

Amateur drama groups across the borough were recognised for their hard work in the Arts during Swan Awards for Drama and Musicals held in Teddington over the weekend.

The awards, held since 1985, encourage and raise standards in local amateur drama.

This season more than 30 productions were assessed by a panel of judges who have nominated performances in 15 categories.

Cllr David Linnette, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and the Voluntary Sector, presented the awards together with Arts Richmond President, Samantha Bond.

Winners included:

  • Best Production of a Play: 'Metamorphosis' directed by Rodney Figaro (Richmond Shakespeare Society)
  • The Judges’ Award: Lee Dewsnap for his arrangement of the score for 'The Mikado' (Hounslow Light Opera Co,)
  • The Accolade – for services to the arts in the borough: Jean Wood (St. Mary’s Drama Group)
  • Best Youth Production: Titanic, The Musical directed by Sarah Dowd and Elizabeth Lattimore (YAT – Youth Action Theatre)

Cllr Linnette said:

“It was a pleasure to be involved in this celebration of the arts in the borough.

“We are very lucky to have such talented residents and strong support for the arts in Richmond upon Thames.

“Congratulations to the winners and nominees, and to all the artists who entertained our community this year.”

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P417/17

Updated: 2 October 2017