On the evening of Saturday 25th April 2009, David Amess MP attended the East Division Quarter Final of the All England Theatre Festival. Southend Drama Society won the competition against the Woodhouse Players of the Waltham Forest Festival, performing a play called ‘The Last Bread Pudding’. The event was held at The Eastwood Studio Theatre in Leigh-on-Sea.
The contest, which was adjudicated by John Scowen of the Association Guild of Drama Adjudicators, was exceptionally well attended. Mr Amess said: ‘I was privileged to attend the quarter-finals of the All England Theatre Festival. Both plays were of the highest standard and I was thrilled that the adjudicator chose Southend Drama Society as the winner. They now go through to the semi-final on 23rd May at this same location. I congratulate all concerned.’
David Amess MP is pictured with Frank McGrath OBE, the Chairman and Festival Organiser, along with Florrie Holland, the Chairman of Southend-on-Sea Arts Council, and the rest of the cast.