AMATEUR actors are basking in the warmth of high praise for their latest production.
Harefield Amateur Dramatic Society (HADS) won an award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) for Lark Rise, staged in April, and last month it followed up with part two of the tale, Candleford.
The play was performed four times in November, featuring a cast of 47 characters, and was part of HADS’ 60th anniversary celebrations.
In its report on Candleford, NODA said: “The coup-de-theatre was the hunt scene, a fantastic realistic performance achieving lasting applause after their exit, choreographed by Jo Parker-Burton.
“Congratulations on the huge number of costumes worn by rich and poor, a mammoth task superbly completed by Christine Kelly and Tony Keyho.”
Jan Scurr, publicity manager at HADS, said: “Candleford was a success with full audiences each night and was a fitting end to our tribute to 60 years as Harefields Amateur Dramatics Society.”
The society is already planning ahead for next year and is looking forward to performing The Railway Children in the spring.