IT had all the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards.

The Daily Echo's own version of the Oscars have taken place once again at Southampton's Grand Harbour Hotel.

A sold out audience of more than 400 thespians, crew and theatre lovers gathered for the event, which celebrates the very best of amateur dramatics in the South.

From village halls to top professional theatres and from low budget to blockbuster productions, amateur theatre is thriving in Hampshire and beyond.

The Daily Echo’s team of judges saw hundreds of productions in each genre – drama, comedy, musicals and operas, youth productions, Shakespeare and pantomimes – throughout 2015.

The special guest was EastEnders star Derek Martin, who dramatically left the soap a few weeks ago after his character Charlie Slater suffered a fatal heart attack during a furious row with daughter Kat Moon.

He opened the golden envelopes to reveal the winners in each of 37 categories.

Stickman Productions scooped the coveted Production of the Year award with their self-penned production Tomorrow, Maybe!, described by judges as 'refreshingly original' and 'spectacular'.

Guests, dressed in their black tie finest, tucked into a delicious three course meal ahead of the ceremony, compered by the Daily Echo's Ian Murray and Lorelei Reddin.

They were treated to some songs from the shows and a new composition before dancing the night away at the disco.

Organiser Jo Richardson thanked Derek Martin, the Daily Echo's team of reviewers, the Grand Harbour Hotel for sponsoring the arrival drinks, Mike Andrews and his team for the set, sound and lighting, local supermarkets Sainsbury's Eastleigh and Hedge End and Morrisons Totton for donating bubbly and Mayflower Engage and Scenery Solutions for sponsoring awards. Scenery Solutions also sponsored the printing.

The Curtain Call results in full:

Best Newcomer Tomorrow, Maybe. Stickman Productions. This immersive piece of theatre was conceived and executed to the highest standard and continues to evolve.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Jon Morgan. Roy in Neville's Island. Bishopstoke Players. Helps us share his character’s journey of self-discovery.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Karen Fitzsimmons. Mags in Beauty Queen of Leenane. Chesil Theatre. Mesmerising, tough but vulnerable.

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Matt McGrath. Roger in Rent. Music Theatre South. Excelled in the role, skilfully linking all the narrative.

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Sally Manning. Mother Superior in Sister Act. Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society. A performance of the highest order!

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama Steven Lilly. Danny in Jumpers For Goalposts. RAODS. A wonderfully sensitive portrayal of a gay man embarking on a new relationship.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Lucy Moore. Ethel in Barefoot in the Park. Chesil Theatre. Lucy’s sharp demeanour extended to her sharp delivery. Very funny.

Best Supporting Actor in a Youth Production Alejandro Arguelles. Scar in The Lion King. King’s School, Winchester. A star in the making.

Best Supporting Actress in a Youth Production Georgia Quick. Oda Mae Brown in Ghost. Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A true winner.

Best Supporting Actor in a Shakespeare Play David Tatnall. Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Pocket Theatre. Pompous and superior to the end.

Best Supporting Actress in a Shakespeare Play Jane Blatch-Gainey. Banquo in Macbeth. Royal Navy Theatre Association. Wonderful in a role encompassing both life and death.

Best Lighting, Sound and Effects Graham Arnott, Jamie Herdman and Mike Ludgate. Third Week in August. The difficulty of the setting did not impede this talented backstage team.

Best Choreographer Stefanie Radley and Sarah Turner. Our House. Southampton Musical Society. Fantastic routines from a top-notch troupe.

Best Opera or Musical Tomorrow, Maybe. Stickman Productions. An original immersive musical conceived, written and debuted here.

Best Musical Director Rachel Glover. Sister Act. Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society. Note-perfect accompaniment that equalled vocal performances.

Best Actor in a Drama John Davis. John Proctor in The Crucible. Studio Theatre, Salisbury. His performance becomes really affecting as his character comes to realise the terrible choices he has to make.

Best Actress in a Drama Kae Yeboah. Medea. SUSU Theatre Group. Had tremendous authority as Medea.

Best Actor in a Musical James Taylor. Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight, Music Theatre South. A mature performances for one so young.

Best Actress in a Musical Natalie Baker. Florence in Chess. Southampton Operatic Society. A rare talent with all-round ability.

Best Actor in a Comedy or Comic Drama David Cradduck. Neville in Third Week in August. Cheriton Players. He kept the audience chortling as the man you never want to camp near.

Best Actress in a Comedy or Comic Drama Sarah Spencer-Stonehill. Doris in Silly Cow. Maskers Theatre Company. Her off the cuff delivery was delicious.

Best Actor in a Youth Production Jack Shaw-Downie. Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. Jack is a major talent.

Best Actress in a Youth Production Sian Samways. Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone. Stage One. A star turn.

Best Actor in a Shakespeare Play William Baggs. Richard 11 in Richard 11. Maskers Theatre Company. Petulant, prevaricating and precocious.

Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play Trish Quinlan. Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. RAODS. Always at ease with a Shakespeare text.

Best Performance in a Pantomime Clive Gammon. Old King Cole in Old King Cole. Burley Players. The Old Cole led us a merry dance through the show.

Best Pantomime Cinderella. Pocket Theatre. Ticked all the boxes for young and old.

Best Set and Props Alan James and Chris Lawrence. The Return of the Soldier. Titchfield Festival Theatre. Almost claustrophobic, but with a small window offering a hint of the garden outside.

Best Costumes Rachel Upfold and Lizzie Harden. Seussical the Musical, Junior. RAODS Youth. Recreated the world of Dr Seuss perfectly.

Best Performance in an Opera David Tatnall. The Duke in The Gondoliers. Pocket Theatre. Just brilliant.

Best Director of a Drama Norma York. Beauty Queen of Leenane. Chesil Theatre. Carefully builds to a dramatic climax.

Best Director of a Musical or Opera Martyn Knight. Sister Act. Basingstoke ATS. Good enough for the West End!

Best Director of a Comedy / Comic Drama Jim Lockwoood. Star Quality. Lymington Players. Attention paid to every detail.

Best Director of a Youth Production Sam Quested. The Phantom of the Opera. Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre. Outstanding work.

Best Director of a Shakespeare Play Katherine Evans and David Tatnall. Twelfth Night. Pocket Theatre. A full throttle take on this classic Shakespearian comedy.

Youth Ensemble Award sponsored by Mayflower Engage The Phantom of the Opera. Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre. The most dynamic and exciting youth show of the year.

Production of the Year sponsored by Scenery Solutions Tomorrow, Maybe! Stickman Productions. Innovative, immersive and refreshingly original, this self-penned, site specific production grew from nothing into something spectacular.