The Guide Awards: Best Amateur Actor

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He played the Dromio of Syracuse in the Southsea Shakespeare Actors’ production at The Station Theatre on Hayling Island.

Aaron Holdaway makes his way to the stage to collect his award.

Aaron Holdaway makes his way to the stage to collect his award.

Aaron said: ‘I’m absolutely stunned –I wasn’t even expecting to be a runner-up. I’m really pleased.

‘I think it was the director Vincent Adams who really brought out the comedy, and it was his influence that supported my performance.’

As one of the two sets of twins, around whom the plot revolves, Aaron was described by our reviewer in glowing terms: ‘Holdaway blazes the trail in the comedy stakes, particularly his description of Dromio’s pursuit by the lusty and large kitchen-maid.’

And our sister paper, The Chichester Observer singled him out in its review as a ‘physically gifted’ performer.

The 28-year-old has come a long way since his first role with the troupe as a grave digger in Hamlet.

‘I worked my way up from there,’ explained Aaron.

‘I just love theatre, it’s a massive passion and it’s something I’ve gone further with than I ever thought I would.’