CENTENARY Theatre Company had a quadruple win at an award ceremony described as the Oscars of the amateur dramatics scene.

Warrington’s stage group, which has been running for almost 120 years, scooped four prizes at the north west NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Awards at The Mere in Knutsford.

Centenary won ‘Best Ensemble’ for Our House: The Madness Musical and ‘Best Concert/Review’ for Strictly Musicals while Mark Murphy was recognised as ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in The Witness for the Prosecution.

Ria Hall, chairman of Centenary Theatre Company, said: “It is always an honour to be nominated for awards, whether for individual performances or collaborations.

“Centenary Theatre Company are a team so when any of us win, we all win. Winning awards for our May 2019 revue, Strictly Musicals, will always be particularly special to us as that show was a true collaboration of the entire company and reflected the talent, hard work and dedication that all members of the society contribute in many different ways.”

It was also a proud moment for Anita Warburton, a long-serving Centenary member, who won a ‘Special Recognition Award’ for her contributions to the society over the past 50 years.

Centenary member Mike Perks added: “Anita has been an influential, supportive and loyal member who has contributed so much time and devotion to all things Centenary. Whether it is onstage, backstage or selling bonus balls to the members each week, Anita has always been there and will do anything to support the society.”

This year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Centenary, as they are currently in rehearsals for the classic musical, Anything Goes, which will be staged at The Brindley between May 12 and 15.

It will be followed by an adaptation of the classic BBC comedy, ‘Allo ‘Allo, in September.

Other Warrington groups came away with prizes too. Burtonwood Amateur Music and Drama Society won ‘Best Programme’ and ‘Best Drama’ for Death By Fatal Murder, CODYS’ Ewan Schooler was ‘Best Supporting Male in a Youth Musical in Bugsy Malone and Natasha Bill from Encore Productions was named ‘Best Choreographer’ for Wind in the Willows.

Nick Cupit also won a ‘Special Recognition Award’ for his long-standing commitment to Encore Productions, CODYS and Centenary.