Oscars for Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:45 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

AS Hollywood gathers to honour the great and the good luvvies of the film world, Suffolk will stage its own version of the Oscars.

For a grand charity night is being planned for next year, to reward those amateur performers who work so hard on the county's stages and so often go unsung.

MOVE over, Holly-wood stars. Suffolk is set to stage its own version of the Oscars.

A grand charity night is being planned for next year, to reward those amateur performers who work so hard on the county's stages and so often go unsung.

The event will not only honour local actors and actresses, but also raise money for six charities – including the Evening Star-backed appeal to provide a memorial to murdered teenager Vicky Hall.

The East Suffolk Theatre Amateur Awards will take place at the Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich, on Friday, March 28 next year, the same weekend as the Oscars event in America.

Organiser Jacqueline Cumiskey said the aim was to raise money for charity and recognise the efforts of the 30-plus amateur theatre groups across the county. "We want to give recognition to the volunteers in the amateur theatre arena who also raise money for charity through the personal time and effort they put into the performances," she said.

The event will support six charities from our area – Age Concern Suffolk, East Suffolk Mind, St. Elizabeth Hospice, Vicky Hall Memorial Fund, Suffolk Victim Support, and Disability Care Enterprise.

"I am particularly pleased the Vicky Hall appeal has been chosen because I know how much her murder shocked the community," said Ms Cumiskey, of Goyfield Avenue, Felixstowe.

"I was out that night she went missing and I heard that a friend of mine had gone missing walking the same way home as Vicky – my friend turned up, but my heart was in my mouth. I really felt for Vicky and her family when I found out what happened."

Vicky vanished in Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary, after walking home from a nightclub. Her body was found five days later in a ditch at Creeting St Peter.

The appeal aims to provide a pavilion for young sports players in the village where she lived in her memory.

The theatre awards are being sponsored initially by Azalea Management Ltd and a working committee has been set up to administer them.

A panel of judges will visit various theatrical performances in Suffolk to consider nominations for eight awards – best lead actor in a musical or dramatic performance, best lead actress, best supporting role, best achievement in direction, best musical/pantomime, best play, best technical achievement and most popular production.


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