Belper talent is nominated for theatre awards

Belper theatre group Marde Hen's production of Fish & Chips has been nominated for Best Production at the Eagle Awards. Picture: Jenny Gavin-Wear
Belper theatre group Marde Hen's production of Fish & Chips has been nominated for Best Production at the Eagle Awards. Picture: Jenny Gavin-Wear

Belper performers are among the nominees for this year’s Eagle Awards, which celebrate the best of amateur theatre in Derbyshire.

Taking place on July 16 at Derby Theatre, the awards will celebrate another successful year of amateur theatre in the county.

And Belper companies will have plenty of reason to be hopeful of success.

Belper-based Marde Hen are nominated for the Best Production award for their comedy drama Fish & Chips (pictured), which was presented at the Strutts Centre earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Belper Musical Theatre are nominated in the Best Musical Production category for their production of the West End end Legally Blonde, both at Belper and Derby Theatre.

Individually, Marie Stone, of Marde Hen, is nominated in the Best Performance in a Play category for her performance in Late.

Charlie Orme, of Belper Musical Theatre, is nominated in the Best Newcomer category for her performance in Legally Blonde.

And Sophie Mander, of the Belper Players, is nominated in the outstanding achievement category for My Kingdom For A What?, a play she wrote and which was performed by the group earlier this year.

Caroline Barth, head of learning at Derby Theatre, said: “The Eagle Awards is a key event in Derby Theatre’s annual calendar, celebrating the achievements of our vibrant amateur community.”

Hosting the night will be Andy Potter of BBC Radio Derby and among the acts performing on the night will be Derwent Brass, University of Derby graduate and singer Rachael Delooze and up-and-coming indie band from Nottinghamshire, Arc Isla.

The ceremony starts at 7.30pm on the night and tickets are £10 and £8 on 01332 593939 or www.derbytheatre.co.uk