However perhaps her greatest success was as the quirky Fool in Lear's Daughters which received high praise from all the adjudicators on its route to the British Final at Llandudno. For this performance she won the Best Actress Award at Elmbridge Festival. Anne was nominated for the Best Actress Award at Woking and Spelthorne Festivals for her harrowing performance as the mother in Five Kinds of Silence. In 2003 Anne was part of the highly praised quintet of actresses who comprised the cast of Adult Child/Dead Child which won through to the Area Finals and the following year won the Best Supporting Player trophy at Elmbridge Festival for her role in Touching Tomorrow. She topped this the following year when she was declared Best Actress for her quirky role as Glory Bee in the festival-winning States of Shock. She played the dominating Nurse Ratched in the remarkable One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which was in great contrast to her next roles as one on the 'funny aunts' in The Cripple of Inishmaan and the housekeeper in Hay Fever.
Behind the scenes Anne's artistic skills are put to good use in our set designs ~ for instance in her gothic designs for the award-winning The King. Back on stage Anne gave another great comic performance in the festival winning production of Who Was Hilary Maconochie?? while her hilarious hyperchondriacal characterisation in The Cagebirds received a Best Acting nomination at the 2010 Leatherhead Drama Festival. In 2011 Anne gave two more winning performances ~ as the amusing, fragile Meg in The Birthday Party and, by contrast, the all-seeing Mrs Swabb in Habeas Corpus. The following year she made an eccentric Aunt Ada Doom in Cold Comfort Farm and then bared all as the quirky Cora, one of the popular Calendar Girls. In Alan Bennett's Enjoy Anne brilliantly captured the combination of comedy and poignancy as the ageing Mam - a strong contrast to her performance as the earthy bag-lady witch in Macbeth 2105. Anne donned her bag lady garb again in 2016 when her heartfelt performance as Old Primrose in Primrose Way won her the Best Actress Award at the Elmbridge Festival; the same production went on to win prestigious Leatherhead Drama Festival. In rags again, Anne ended the year by playing the Beggar in out lively production of The Beggar's Opera. 2017 began with her portrayal of a feisty Irish caretaker in our powerful production of The Passion of Jerome. The following year Anne gave another spirited performance as the slightly eccentric central role in Alan Bennett's People.
It was with considerable sadness when he heard that Anne was retiring to the west country. For more than 25 years Anne has been highly active both on and off-stage. As an actress she has appeared in more than 40 productions. At the same time her artistic skills have featured in the decor of many of our highly praised sets. And if an unusual or a period prop was required Anne always came up with the right eccentric item. She also designed all the posters and flyers for our presentations. We thank her for her enormous contribution to the groups and wish her every containment in her new Somerset home.