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Hall of Fame

At the Spotlight Awards Evening held on 16th November, 2013, The Association of Community Theatres was delighted to welcome into the Hall of Fame, Yvonne Chesters, Fred Plant and David Lewis.


Fred Plant

Yvonne Chesters

David Lewis


Fred has had continual involvement with amateur theatre since he joined Bloon Street (CWS) Players in 1951.

From 1954 to 1957 he spent his time playing in his regimental drama and concert group including the regimental band.

Then in 1957 Fred joined Prestwich Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society PADOS. Besides other casual involvement with other society’s such as Whitefield AO&DS, Bury Athenaeum OS, and the Heys Revue Company to name but a few. He remains to this day an active member Of PADOS.
Fred has received critical acclaim for many of his character portrayals and has played in many dramas and one-act plays.

For a total of 26 years Fred was PADOS General Secretary and for a total of 50 years served on the Committee. In 2006 he was elected President of Prestwich AD&OS
It is hard to believe he found time for administrative offices with The Greater Manchester Drama Federation, and others.

All these achievements were possible due to the support of his wife Jean

Fred’s vast experience it being called upon in his capacity as one of the Gods for ACT

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Fred into the ACT Hall of Fame


ACT is very selective as to who it inducts into the 'Hall of Fame'.

The person I am about to announce has brought glitter  and creditability to our still fledgling but rapidly growing Association.

We recognise someone who has a lifetimes dedication to the world of 'Dance'  -  well not quite a whole lifetime because we know they have more to add and it didn’t commence until the age of Two Years when they first learnt how to 'Step, Ball Change'.

Since the age of two our inductee has never ceased to develop her own talent and pass this on to generations since.

All of which has embraced both Amateur and Professional Theatre.

This wonderful lady at the age of 4 was entertaining British and American Servicemen during the Second World War with 'Song and Dance'.   Later she worked as a full time professional Singer and Dancer from the age of 12 making numerous appearances on both Radio and Television.

Add to this from the age of 14 years she was teaching in her own Dance School at the same time as Directing both Professional and Amateur Theatre.

And now with over 70 years dedication to Lyceum Theatre and Directing numerous large scale Amateur and Professional productions and not forgetting the Thousands of Pounds raised for Charity  -   It is now my privilege to announce that ACT are proud to include in the Hall of Fame  -  YVONNE CHESTERS.


What qualities do the ACT Board look for to justify induction to the 'Hall of Fame’?

Is it wonderful lead roles in plays, musicals or pantomime,   or   dedicated committee work and backstage organisation,   or maybe Inspired direction and possibly even promoting amateur and professional theatre.

Commitment to any of these is to be applauded but this evening ACT recognises someone who has embraced all these qualities and yet some.

Our inductee has directed a range of plays from classical theatre to farce, operettas, and musical theatre in all its widest genre not to mention the complexities of pantomime.

Enough for anyone you may think, but add to that a much sought after leading principal of  roles in operetta, musical theatre and dlays.

Add to this a onetime wonderful editor, of a sadly missed magazine until the ACT publication magazine.

We are talking of someone whose energy led to the founding of more than one (now much respected) societies in Northern Lancashire.

When business commitments interrupted stage activities, the theatre was not forgotten and this doyen of Amateur Theatre moved to reviewing productions on Radio Lancashire which became a 'slot' eagerly looked forward to by the public.

So!   We have a gentleman who has served as Chairman of 'Ozzy Players' and as a very much 'hands on' Secretary of 'The Garrick Club' in Burnley