THE Eardisley Little Theatre Club has reached the latest round of the All England Drama Festival after winning the West Midlands Area Trophy at Ludlow.

The group's production of Dennis Potter's 'Blue Remembered Hills' impressed the judges with its depiction of 1940s Britain featuring wonderful costumes and set design.

"Our producer, Alan Roberts, really gets the most out of the cast, some of whom have never acted before," said club chairman John Hawes.

"This is a wonderful achievement for a small village whose only rehearsal facilities are the village hall or people's homes."

John and fellow cast member Richard Royle even sacrificed their beards for the parts.

"At first, I thought I'd be clean-shaven for only a week or so, but we keep winning so I have to keep shaving," explained Richard.

The club now moves on to the semi-final for Southern England at Eastleigh, in Hampshire, on May 6.