THE Windsor Fringe has come to a dramatic end - thanks to an ageing female rock star and her desperate attempts at a comeback after 26 years.

The struggling lady's battles with the complexities of her personal relationships formed the basis of Lyndsey Honour's play Fade Out which won the Kenneth Branagh Award for new drama writing on the final night of the Fringe on Saturday.

Miss Honour is a TV and film publicist in her day job, has worked with a number of talented writers and says she is in awe of great storytelling.

She is also a script reader and writes whenever she gets the chance. This was the first play that she has written that has been performed and it beat 256 other entries from 17 countries.

She said: "It's an amazing feeling to have someone respond to your work in a positive way and to win on top of that feels a bit surreal - especially when the quality of the other plays was so high."

The cast of Fade Out was lead by Zimbabwe born Michelle Fine, whose acting credits range from Les Misérables to The Bill.

The other two dramas in the final three that were performed at Brigidine School in Kings Road on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were Clara at Noon, written by Wendy Dickenson and Hometime by David Hendon.

Clara at Noon was a drama about the abuse of an elderly widow by her carer. While Hometime by David Hendon – a previous Kenneth Branagh Drama Awards finalist – was a topical play about the impact of a school shooting on a bereaved mother.

The Kenneth Branagh Awards closed a successful 2017 Fringe festival and chair of the Fringe Karen Darville said: "We are delighted that so many people have supported a wide range of activities across the Fringe showing that we offer choice and entertainment for all sectors of the community. As we build up to our 50th anniversary in a few years time we continue to expand the selection of activities we offer and look forward to a strong Fringe in 2018”.