Accolades
The Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards

The Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards is the most prestigious event on the local amateur drama calendar. They give the actors, actresses, directors, costume designers, set designers, choreographers and everyone else who contributes both on stage and behind the scenes the chance to get some much-deserved praise. The Maskers Theatre Company have been regularly nominated and have received many awards. Nominations are usually made in November/December each year and the awards are announced in January/February of the following year. The awards are given at a prestigious annual dinner.

As the editor of the Daily Echo said ‘Hollywood has its Oscars; London its Baftas and now Southampton has its Deccas'. And what a glittering and exciting evening this annual event is!

The Daily Echo sponsored Awards for amateur theatre are open to groups from across their region. The whole of the magnificent Winchester Guildhall is taken over for the evening, with the main auditorium transformed by a dazzling array of motorised gobos, pinspots, lasers and spotlights, creating the perfect setting to display the sartorial achievements of luvvies from the four corners of Hampshire.

A champagne reception provides limitless opportunities to try to put names to faces you haven't seen for ages, and then each group moves to its own table for an excellent three course dinner, with all wine included.

The Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards

2016 nominations (winners shown with red background)

Best Newcomer Gail Blues for Metamorphosis
“Created a riveting, shocking version of Khafka’s story.”
Metamorphosis
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Sue Dashper for Mrs Samsa
“Played with wit and insight”
Metamorphosis
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/ Comic Drama John Souter for Audrey
“He gave a stand-out performance as an elderly, hard of hearing lady”
Ten Times Table
Best Lighting, Sound and Effects David Cowley for Metamorphosis
“The exciting lighting design added to the simple set, white background and restrained but effective use of music ”
Metamorphosis
Best Actor in a Drama Jonathan Barney-Marmont for Gregor
“As the hard-working young man who was turned into a dung beetle, he created the necessary illusion with simple body movements, sometimes rearing up in anger or pain. ”
Metamorphosis
Best Actress in a Comedy/Comic Drama Katherine Evans for Eliza Doolittle
“Probably the most mature performance of her impressive am-dram career ”
Pygmalion
Best Actress in a Comedy/Comic Drama Kristina Wilde for Rose
“Just one of three excellent performances but particularly memorable as the foolish, feckless, irresistibly warm and enthusiastic Rose ”
Di and Viv and Rose
Best Costumes Allegra Carlton for Pygmalion
“The entire cast were appropriately and beautifully dressed”
Richard II
Best Costumes Sheana Carrington and team for Di and Viv and Rose
“Vivid costumes help reflect the life experiences of three women over thirty years. ”
Di and Viv and Rose
Best Director of a Comedy/Comic Drama Paul Green for Di and Viv and Rose
“Engaged us in the relationship of three college girls with a deft, comedic touch.”
Di and Viv and Rose

2015 nominations (winners shown with red background)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama Ian Wilson for Douglas
“Brought a unique characterisation that greatly enhanced the hilarity”
Silly Cow
Best Supporting Actor in a Shakespeare Play Ian Wilson for Bolingbroke
“Strong performance as the usurping lord”
Richard II
Best Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Sarah Spencer-Stonehill for Doris
“Marvellous as the razor-tongued journalist.”
Silly Cow
Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play William Baggs for Richard II
“A wonderful portrayal of a King believing in his God-given right to rule.”
Richard II
Best Director of a Shakespeare Play Ken Hann for Richard II
“An accessible story told with clarity and pace”
Richard II

2014 nominations (winners shown with red background)

Best Newcomer Christopher Gardner for George Gibbs
“Touching as a young man approaching life, marriage and personal tragedy.”
Our Town
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Hazel Burrows for Lady Bracknell
“Wonderful mannerisms and vocal tone.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Lighting, Sound and Effects Mike Matthias (lighting design) and Jamie McCarthy (sound design) for Betrayal
“Effectively sets the scene and period for this ’70s Pinter drama.”
Betrayal
Best Actor in a Drama John Souter for Stage Manager
“Directs the action with vivid description.”
Our Town
Best Actress in a Drama Michelle Heffer for Catherine
“An intense performance of a complicated role.”
Proof
Best Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama William Baggs for Algernon Moncrieff
“Mesmerising.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Jo Fox for Gwendolen
“Excellent as feisty, uncompromisingly dominant Gwendolen.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Costumes Serena Brown for The Importance of Being Earnest
“Ideal period costumes, especially the sophisticated ladies.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Best Director of a Drama Joanna Iacovou for Our Town
“Directs with great sensitivity.”
Our Town
Best Director of a Comedy or Comedic Drama Brian Stansbridge for The Importance of Being Earnest
“Elicited every drop of satire, nuance and double entendre from Wilde’s witty script.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Production of the Year The Importance of Being Earnest
“A fresh, crisp approach to an oft-performed comedy.”
The Importance of Being Earnest
Production of the Year Our Town
“A simply staged depiction of the cycle of life that encourages members of the audience to consider their own life experience.”
Our Town

2013

Best Newcomer Samer Fugeira for Emma
"Gives a beautifully poised acting debut as a harassed employee."
Contractions
Best Supporting Actor John Souter for Cardinal Wolsey
"Bearing and enunciation were perfect."
Anne Boleyn
Best Supporting Actress Sue Dashper for HR Manager
"A superbly suggestive performance as a nightmare colleague."
Contractions
Best Actress in a Drama Ruth Kibble for Anne Boleyn
"A performance full of conviction as she manipulated others."
Anne Boleyn
Best Director of a Drama Ruben Sanchez-Garcia
"An ambitious choice for his directing debut, achieving several powerful effects in an enthralling show."
Butterfly Kiss

2012

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Ruben Sanchez Garcia for the Soldier Chair
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Chris Baker for Tattymouse Can You Hear The Music?
Best Supporting Actress in a Shakespeare Play Suze Avery for Puck A Midsummer Night's Dream
Best Actress in a Drama Sarah-Jayne Wareham for Mrs Robinson The Graduate

2011

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2010

Best Director of a Comedy or Comic Drama Brian Stansbridge The Servant of Two Masters

2009

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Hazel Burrows for Hannah Little Women
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama Graham Buchanan for Nikita Swan Song
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Angharad Price for Sylvia By the Half
Best Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama Rob Praine for Tom Jones Tom Jones
  John Souter for Svetlovidov Swan Song
Best Actress in Comedy or Comic Drama Avril Woodward for Madam By the Half
Best Costumes Serena Brown & Susan Wilson Little Women
Best Set & Props Ken Spencer & John Hamon Little Women
Best Director of a Drama Sheana Carrington Little Women

2008

Best Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama Johnny Hearn An Ideal Husband
  Steve Clark Educating Rita
Best Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Jo Iacovou Educating Rita
Best Performance in an Opera Hazel Burrows The Beggars Opera
Best Director of a Comedy or Comic Drama Ken Hann Educating Rita
Best Director of a Shakespeare Play Brian Stansbridge The Comedy of Errors
Best Supporting Actress in a Shakespeare Play Jo Russell The Comedy of Errors

2007

Best Supporting Actors/Actresses Albie Minns as Sergeant Major
"a ruthlessly paternal comedy Sergeant Major"
Accrington Pals
  Adam Taussik as Mr Collins
"a fawning, cringe-worthy characterisation, perfect for the role"
Pride and Prejudice
  Allegra Carlton as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
"The personification of haughtiness."
Pride and Prejudice
  Rachel Courage as Cordelia King Lear
  Rob Praine as Edgar
"Very sensitive. Superb portrayal"
King Lear
Best Actor/Actress in Drama Steve Cosier as Darcy
"Perfect foil"
Pride and Prejudice
  Susannah Lawther as Elizabeth
"An intriguing mix of coquettishness and boldness."
Pride and Prejudice
  Hazel Burrows as Mai
"Moved effortlessly between characters."
Our Lady of Sligo
Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play John Souter as Lear
"Commanding performance."
King Lear
Best Director in a Shakespeare Production Ken Hann
"a confident production"
King Lear

2006

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Alex Austin and Sarah-Jayne Wareham The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Comic Drama Paul Baker The Wind in the Willows
Best Actress in a Drama Jan Spiers The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Best Actor in a Comedy/Comic Drama Matt Avery and Jonny Carrington The Wind in the Willows
Best Costume Lewis Yapp The Wind in the Willows
Best Director of a Drama Harry Tuffill The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Production of the Year   The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

2005

Production of the Year The Philanthropist
“This sharp production gave an evening to savour”
Comedy/Comedy Drama Best Actor Matt Avery as Philip
“Outstanding. A perfectly judged performance”
The Philanthropist
Comedy/Comedy Drama Best Actor Matt Avery as Aubrey
“expert timing and versatility”
Tons of Money
Comedy/Comedy Drama Best Actress Kate Grundy as Louise
“excellent”
Tons of Money
Best Director Albie Minns
“tight direction gave full rein to this play’s humour”
The Philanthropist
Best Supporting Actor Albie Minns as Doolittle
“strong and versatile”
Pygmalion
Best Supporting Actress Rachael Courage as Celia
“her strident portrayal was outstanding”
The Philanthropist
And close to home there is also David Jupp who performed with RAODS in Quartet “snappy elastic expressions”

2004

Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play John Souter as Falstaff The Merry Wives of Windsor
Best Actor in a Drama Matt Avery as Laurie Cheek
Best Supporting Actor Albie Minns as Andy and
Steve Tizzard as Fred
Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Sheana Carrington as Bel Moonlight

2003

Best Actor in a Drama Albie Minns Death and the Maiden
Best Actress in a Drama Hazel Burrows Death and the Maiden
Best Newcomer for Set Design Joe Diggins Death and the Maiden
Best Lighting and Effects Tony Lawther and Lawrie Gee Death and the Maiden
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Matt Avery as Jack
Philip de Grouchy as Master Goche
The Herbal Bed
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Susannah Lawther as Marguerite The Scarlet Pimpernel
Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play Belinda Drew as Lady Macbeth Macbeth
Ken Spencer was nominated for best set for Arsenic and Old Lace (RAODS)

2002

Best Director of a Drama Alec Walters The Beauty Queen of Leanane
Best Actress in a Drama Emma Stoffer as Maureenin The Beauty Queen of Leanane
Best Actor in a Drama Matt Avery as Pato The Beauty Queen of Leanane
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Hazel Burrows as Mag The Beauty Queen of Leanane
Best supporting Actor in a Production Steve Tizzard as Ray The Beauty Queen of Leanane
Best Costumes Serena Brown Alice
and, although not for Maskers' productions, some further Maskers nominated for awards: Best Director of a Drama Ken Spencer for The Heiress; Best Costume Sheana Carrington for The Heiress; Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Tony Bull in Out of Order; Best Director of an Opera and for Best Set Albie Minns for Yeoman of the Guard.

2001

Best Director of a Drama Graham Buchanan Lysistrata
Best Actress in a Drama Belinda Drew as Lysistrata Lysistrata

2000

Best Production Thieves Carnival
Best Director Philippa Taylor Thieves Carnival
Best Comedy Actress Nicki Housham as Juliette Thieves Carnival
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