Stalwart performers Brampton YFC are the 2016 winners of the national drama competition final.
The Cumbrian-based club have taken home the silverware following their haunting performance of The Wrong Fifty.
The event held at Blackpool’s Opera House, attracted hundreds of YFC members as Llangadog, from Carmarthenshire, and Eardisley, from Hereforshire, battled it out for the coveted trophy.
With a cast of 31, the story follows 12-year-old Emily, played by Grace Allen, her mother, played by Sophie Brooksbank and brother John, played by Joe Bowman, who run a mixed livestock upland hill farm in Cumbria.
As foot-and-mouth breaks out at a farm in Essex in 2001, the story is told through the eyes of Emily, now aged 27, who recalls how the family watched on as the devastating disease gradually moves into their area.
As the government adopted a mandatory cull on farms in the hotspot areas, the poignant story sees the family lose all of their cattle despite their pleas to officials the cattle remain unaffected.
With authentic audio footage and a cluster of 10 humanised cows on stage throughout the performance, all of the content was researched with past and previous members along with the local community.
Produced by Anne Laird and directed by Gordon Brown, the result was an honest and personal insight into what was farming’s darkest time and earnt fellow member Joe Bowman the accolade of best actor for his convincing portrayal of farmer John.
Robert Meadows, who was judging the competition and is a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, praised all the competitors for delivering three challenging plays.
He paid tribute to the authemticity of the script, which he said shaped an honest piece of drama.
“This was a quality ensemble especially the observational gossip they integrated into the story that was so rife at the time.
“You brought the audience back to what was a very difficult time in life and successfully conveyed the anxiety and tensions that impacted on the lives of thousands.”
Eardisley YFC were runners up. Pictured is Hannah Hughes who played Esmerelda in the Victorian read life drama.
With just one point behind were Eardisley YFC, who performed Murder in the Red Barn, produced by Emma Turner and directed by Annie Rees.
The drama was based on the real-life, notorious murder of a young women, Maria Marten, in Suffolk 1827, who was shot dead by her lover, William Corde.
Llangadog YFC were placed third with their performance of When We Were Young, written by Allen Williams and produced by Alison Shotbolt.
The World War One drama centres around three people Ben, played by Ifan Williams, Edith, played by Sara Morgan and Davey, played by Jac Davies and Aaron Hughes.
The trio perform monologues as they discuss how the event impacted on their lives and earnt Sara the title of best actress on the day.