Berwick duo enjoy moment in the spotlight

Georgina Faed and Diane Renner with their NORDA awards (National Operatic and Dramatic Association)
Georgina Faed and Diane Renner with their NORDA awards (National Operatic and Dramatic Association)

Two Berwick actresses are celebrating after winning awards at the ‘Oscars’ of 
amateur dramatics in the north east.

Berwick Operatic Society’s Georgina Faed and Spittal Variety Group’s Diane Renner were both clutching accolades at the north east regional version of the inaugural National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) awards event last week.

They were nominated for the most northern part of the country covered by the competition, and both emerged victorious in their respective categories.

Longridge Towers pupil Georgina was nominated for the youth award for her leading lady performance in Berwick Opera’s ‘Annie’.

Molly Adamson from Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society and Hannah Bass, who took on her first principal role with Spittal Variety in ‘Snow White’, were also on the shortlist.

‘Snow White’ was also the show that Diane was nominated for, having sent a collective chill through many audiences for her portrayal of wicked Queen Avarice.

She was up for the performance award against the whole cast of Coquetdale’s ‘The Sound of Music’ and Dave Penny for his dual role of Mr William Cartwright and The Chairman in Alnwick Stage Musical Society’s production of ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.

Georgina was heralded for acting and singing the part of Annie with “sensitivity and maturity” while fellow winner Diane was told she “stole the show with a feisty and accomplished performance.”

Both Georgina and Diane were delighted to accept their awards in front of a 370 strong crowd who gathered for the glittering occasion at the Rainton Meadows Arena in County Durham. And it seems that all the nominees got the celebrity superstar treatment.

“We arrived at the venue and got to walk the red carpet which was amazing,” Diane enthused.

“And they’d really gone to down with the venue it looked fantastic.

“It was just great to be a part of it and fantastic that we journeyed back to Berwick on the bus with two awards.

“There was a fair crowd of us went down.”

Although modest about her performance in ‘Snow White’, Diane admitted she’d had a lot of fun doing the show and had received some interesting feedback from one youngster in particular.

“There was one bit where I had to pretend to pull ‘Snow White’s’ hair and one of my friend’s nieces said ‘I want to punch you’– it’s so much fun being the baddie!”

Next up for Diane is Spittal’s latest pantomime ‘Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates’ and Georgina is also venturing into pantoland with Little Wolf’s ‘Cinderella’ at The Maltings.

Like Diane, Georgina thoroughly enjoyed her night in the NODA spotlight and is now getting stuck into her first year of GCSE studies as well as hoping to be involved in Longridge’s up coming show and possibly Berwick Opera’s ‘Calamity Jane’.

“I was quite shocked when they read out my name as the winner.

“There lots of people eligible for the award so to win was fantastic. It was all very glam as well.”