The Nomad Theatre has been named the winner of the Best Amateur Theatre Company in the 2019 Essential Surrey Awards, “designed to celebrate the best our county has to offer”.
The website and magazine readers voted in their thousands – this East Horsley arts base has been providing top-quality theatre since 1934.
Chairman Andrew Hamel-Cooke said: “We are thrilled to have won this. We are very proud of our theatre. It’s here for the community -from those who take part, to those who run our pensioner lunch club. It’s wonderful to be noticed and a privilege to be part of such a team.”
The Nomad Theatre Group is a long-established performing arts group, which has run since 1934. With the local community being a key focus, the theatre puts on performances presented by The Nomads, their youth group (The Nomes), Play In A Week and affiliated groups. The rebuilding of the theatre itself was the result of a £1.3m grant from the National Lottery, which was supplemented by the group’s own fundraising and completed in 1998.
This award is the second announced in 2019, as The Nomads also celebrate winning “Best Drama” by NODA (South East – https://www.noda.org.uk/regions/south-east/celebration-day-2019-documents – see https://www.noda.org.uk/_assets/ckfinder_library/files/RegionalAwardWinnersandRunnersUpFor2018-Final.xlsx) for the production of A Christmas Carol in December 2018. The presentation ceremony will take place at the next Club Night on Saturday 20th July.
2019 also sees the return of Surrey Showcase (www.surreyshowcase.co.uk) at the theatre in August – a one-day performing arts festival celebrating the best talent Surrey has to offer, presented in partnership with Brooklands Radio. And on top of that, it’s a pantomime year and The Nomads present Jack & The Beanstalk.