Ed Tunningley wins Helen Temperley Award

Helen Temperley

Ed Tunningley wins Helen Temperley Memorial Award for selflessness and commitment

The Helen Temperley Memorial Award was set up in memory of one of WOW!'s most keen and valued committee members. Helen was a longstanding member of Witham Amateur Operatic Society and a founder member of WOW! The award is presented each year to the member of WOW! who most embodies the positive qualities that Helen exhibited, namely loyalty, hard work and selfless commitment, while maintaining a great sense of fun and enjoyment in everything she did. We hope that this award will be both a fitting and lasting tribute to Helen, as well as an inspiration to the young people of WOW! whom Helen supported from the group’s inception.

Ed Tunningley, 17, was the third recipient of the Helen Temperley Memorial Trophy. He was presented with the award by the previous winner, Charlotte Watling, after the final performance of Our House on February 21st.

Ed has been involved with WOW! for the past three years, and has played parts in 3 WOW! shows and 2 WAOS shows to date. Our House, in which Ed played Reecey, is likely to be his last show with WOW! as he will be moving on to study musical theatre next year. Ed is currently rehearsing for the role of Lucas in WAOS' Addams Family which will run at Witham Public Hall from 27th April to 2nd May. Ed has been a kind and cheerful member of WOW! and we wish him all the very best for his future in musical theatre.

Ed Tunningley as the menacing Reecey for WOW!'s Our House (2015).