A FESTIVAL of one-act plays celebrating theatre came to a close with the top theatre groups going home with prizes.
Audiences were offered a selection of new, old and some original plays at the 43rd Henley Drama Festival held at the Kenton Theatre in New Street.
Dramas, comedies and mysteries were performed over four evenings and judged by Colin Dolley - the chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators.
Festival spokeswoman Jeni Wood said: “In spite of four drama groups pulling out of the festival at the last minute the Henley Drama Festival went ahead albeit for four, instead of the planned five, evenings.”
“We were especially pleased to welcome back the Friendly Bombs drama group including members with special needs from Slough who never fail to put on a good performance.
“The festival was very generously supported again this year by the Brakspear Pub Company based at The Bull, Bell Street and two new sponsors the Communications Group based at the Hub, Station Road and Alan Pontin, a local philanthropist and former chairman of the Kenton Theatre.”
Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (HAODS) scooped the overall first prize for their performance of The Cask of Amontillado.
Best actor went to Chris Harris of Oxford Theatre Guild who starred in Military Thinking, and best actress was won by Maggie Smith of Scene Stealers.
The Magic Moment award, for a scene that captured the attention, was taken by HAODS for the opening image of The Cask of Amontillado and the adjudicator’s choice award was taken by Friendly Bombs for their version of Lord of the Flies by William Golding.