Guide Awards 2013 Best Amateur Drama Production: The Diary Of Anne Frank

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Having been nominated several times for Guide awards in past years, the team at One Off Productions were ‘over the moon’ to finally win one.

The honour came for the theatre group’s moving retelling of the Diary Of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl whose family tried to escape Nazi persecution.

Mary McDermott  received the Best Amateur Drama Production award on behalf of One Off Productions.

Mary McDermott received the Best Amateur Drama Production award on behalf of One Off Productions.

Costume and props designer Mary McDermott said the play’s success was due to a combination of factors. ‘The standard of the acting, the amount of work put in, the very, very fine story to tell,’ she said.

‘It’s absolutely fantastic and we are very proud.’

The play featured Georgia Hamorak, a breath of fresh air as Anne, starring alongside Adam Thomas as Peter and David Lippiett as Anne’s father.

The play followed the family’s flight into hiding in an Amsterdam apartment, where Anne penned her thoughts. Her words have echoed through the decades to become one of the most poignant coming-of-age tales ever written.

One Off’s next production will be another literary adaptation, this time a romantic classic. The group will take Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to the Kings Theatre stage in March.

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