Annual Awards

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The ‘Stella’ Awards

The ‘Stellas’ were the brain-child, in 1981, of the Palace Theatre Club’s late chairman and long-serving committee member Jack Clouting. They were voted for by Club members and awarded annually to an actor and actress from the Palace’s own productions (at that time there were few touring productions available and the Palace largely produced its own shows).

Jack suggested that the awards be named after Stella Saunders MBE, a founder member of the Club, former President and a strong supporter of the Palace who attended most productions. She was a retired civil servant and had been actively involved in writing and presenting plays about the town, and also writing poetry. She unwaveringly maintained her active support until her death, in 1994, at 100 years old.

Stella Saunders celebrating her 100th birthday

Stella Saunders celebrating her 100th birthday

The awards were inscribed Caithness glass bowls with a star motif celebrating a ‘star’ performance. They were presented at a special ceremony, usually during the Spring Lunch. The first award was presented in 1982 and they continued until 2002, when in-house productions ceased.

Stella Award winners

1982    Christopher Dunham (Cabaret) and Caroline Harris (Duet for One)

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1983     Jim Hooper (Hello and Goodbye) and Michele Wade (The Glass Menagerie)

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1984     Peter Doran (Another Country [left]) and Liz Bagley (Trafford Tanzi)

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1985     Gilbert Wynne and Ann Curthoys (Pack of Lies)

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1986     Christine Absalom (Skirmishes [left]) and Lennox Greaves (Intimate Exchanges)

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1987     Colette Kelly (A Chorus of Disapproval [centre])

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1987     Dennis Spencer (A Month of Sundays [left])

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1988     Peter Laird (Amadeus) and Monette Lee (Happy Jack)

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1989     Gary Whitaker (Brighton Beach Memoirs) and Helen Fraser (Stepping Out)

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1990     Kenneth Oxtoby (The Business of Murder [left]) and Anne Pearson (Beyond Reasonable Doubt)

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1991     Michael Keating (A View from the Bridge [left]) and Joan Blackham (Lettice and Lovage)

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1992     Philip Anthony and Ursula Mohan (Shadowlands)

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1993     Peter Laird (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me [right]) and Lisa Turner (Jordan)

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1994     Keith Drinkel [left]) and Julie Teal (Death and the Maiden)

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1995     Frank Barrie (Jeffrey Barnard is Unwell) and Sarah Legg (Abigail’s Party)

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1996     Jon Emmanuel (Me and My Girl) and Joyce Blane (Me and My Girl)

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1997     Keith Drinkel (The Creeper) and Helen Fraser (A Passionate Woman)

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1998     John Pythian (12 Angry Men) and Christine Absalom (Just Between Ourselves)

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1999     Theatre closed

2000     Robert Demeger (The Merchant of Venice) and Faith Flint (Perfect Wedding)

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2001     Terrence Hardiman (Twelfth Night) and Helen Hobson (Educating Rita).

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2001     Special Awards for the Agatha Christie Festival: Antony Edridge and Elizabeth Elvin

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2002     Martin Carroll (Severance) and Elizabeth Elvin (Shirley Valentine)

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The Amateur Awards

Palace Theatre Club Awards were reinstated from 2004, to honour the best amateur production each year. The award is a blue commemorative plaque.

Amateur Award winners

Presentations by Peter Warden, Palace Theatre Club Chairman.

2004     Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society: Half a Sixpence

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2005     Morgan King: The King & I

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2006     Theatre closed

2007     Southend Shakespeare Company: LeTartuffe

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2008     Rug Opera: Die Fledermaus

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2009     Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society: The Likes of Us

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2010     Rug Opera: Lacrymosa

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2011     Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society: The Secret Garden

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2012     Little Theatre Company: Dracula

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2013: Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society: A Christmas Carol

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2014: Southend Shakespeare Company: Hay Fever

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2015: Little Theatre Company: Sunset Boulevard

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2016: Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society: Spamalot

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This page was added by Ian Grant on 17/10/2013.