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DRAMA students at Havering College have collected a coveted honour at the Brentwood Theatre Awards, the Brents.

The students - who have completed a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Acting - won the Margaret Hutton Youth Group Award for the college's production of the Oscar Wilde classic, Lady Windermere's Fan.

The Brents are an annual black tie event celebrating the best of the non-professional shows performed at Brentwood Theatre over the past year.

The awards are judged by an anonymous panel and gongs handed out across a range of categories.

Two Havering College students, Maya de Freitas, 18, from Purfleet and Lindsey Johnson, 18, from Romford had also been nominated for the award for Best Performance by a Person Aged 18 and Under.

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There were more celebrations when college technician, costume and props expert Lynne Trubridge was presented with the Jo Stoneham Unsung Backstage Hero Award in recognition of her sustained and outstanding contribution to Technical Theatre. Her husband, Will Trubridge, who also works within performing arts at the college, was awarded the same accolade in 2011.

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Brentwood Theatre president, Ingatestone peer Lord Petre, and the trust's chairman, Ian Davies, headmaster of Brentwood School, hosted the glittering ceremony held at the theatre in Shenfield Road, Brentwood on Thursday, September 11th.

Havering College Drama lecturer Julia Stallard directed the award-winning production of Lady Windermere's Fan which was performed by students under the name of the Horizons Performance Company at Brentwood Theatre in April.

Julia Stallard said: "The Brents are Brentwood Theatre's annual awards in recognition of the hard work, commitment and standards of excellence that go into non-professional theatre in Brentwood.

"My colleagues and I are immensely proud of all the young people we are privileged to work with in our roles at Havering College. Maya and Lindsey were commended for their elegance, poise and excellent accent work in their roles as Lady Windermere and Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan. The final scene of the play, where the mother and daughter part forever without Lady Windermere recognising her own mother after years of separation, was described by the adjudicators as 'beautiful'."

Havering College holds Artsmark Gold status from Arts Council England in recognition of its commitment to, and excellence in arts education.

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