On the 9th September 2016 KYDS attended the annual North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG) Awards Ceremony in Clacton.

We are delighted that Ray Banks, President of KYDS, was awarded the Jan King Award, which is given to recognise unsung heroes.

Ray has been involved in KYDS as President since it was founded in 2009. Using his extensive local knowledge and community contacts, Ray has helped KYDS connect with a huge number of individuals and organisations. He has also been actively involved in supporting rehearsals, helping our youth members improve and awarding ‘The Presidents Award for the Highest Achiever’ after each production.

Alexandra Berriman, Artistic Director & KYDS Trustee said “Without Ray, KYDS would not be in the strong position it is today and we are all so grateful for everything he does”.

KYDS received a total of 10 nominations for awards this year. We are delighted that Tom Nicoll received the award for Best Dame, for his performance as Grizelda in Cinderella, performed in November 2015. Well done Tom!