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Warwick's Success at National Student Drama Festival

The University’s Drama Society has again collected a number of prestigious awards at the National Student Drama Festival, held in Scarborough at the end of March.

Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) collected a total of five awards in the categories of acting, music and sound & design for By the Bog of Cats. This included a Judges’ Award and a Judges’ Commendation for Lizzie Holmes and Rio West respectively and the Festival Goers’ Award which is decided by popular vote.

The awards were as follows:

  • Cameron Mackintosh Music Award
  • Judges' Award for a supporting role: Lizzie Holmes
  • Judges' commendation for acting: Rio West
  • Sound Design award: Rob Morton
  • Festival Goers' Award

The Sunday Times described By the Bog of Cats:

The mixture of the natural and supernatural aimed for was more successfully achieved in Warwick University’s revival of Marina Carr’s Irish melodrama By the Bog of Cats, which won the festival-goers’ award, decided by popular vote. The production’s success came from director Bertrand Lesca’s atmospheric integration of actors and musicians, which won the company the Cameron Mackintosh award. Lizzie Holmes also won an award for her work in a supporting role, and Rio West a commendation for her affecting portrayal of a very young girl.

The University’s Drama Society received support for the project to take ‘By the Bog of Cats’ to the National Student Drama Festival from the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Committee. The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund is intended to encourage student enterprise and effort and to support projects by individual and groups of Warwick students. You can find out more about the Fund at

Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) is an award winning society devoted to producing excellence in student theatre. Their focus lies with published plays, actively encouraging students to take works by everyone from Shakespeare to Sarah Kane and do exactly what they want with them. Whether it be a fresh and original re-interpretation of a favourite play or just a convincing performance of a classic piece, WUDS is there to help ideas become reality. You can read more about the Drama Society at

Read the full Times Online feature on the National Student Drama Festival.




Images courtesy of Peter Marsh, Ashmore Visuals