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Young directors benefit from Jerwood Award

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Topher Campbell, Paul Hunter and Sacha Wares have all been presented with this year’s Jerwood Young Directors Award at the Young Vic, winning them a bursary worth £16,320 each.

Created in 2001 the award gives each winner the chance to rehearse a play with a group of six actors over five weeks in a fully-equipped rehearsal room, with access to experts such as fight directors and voice coaches. This year the scheme was opened up to more experienced directors who have established themselves over at least five years and who have convinced the judges as to why the prize would benefit them at this stage of their careers.

Young Vic artistic director David Lan said: “The Jerwood Young Directors Award at the Young Vic has been a brilliant means for young directors to gain in confidence and skill and for us to work alongside a generation of new artists. The whole world of theatre feels the benefit. Jerwood is always keen to rethink and reposition its interventions. I’m certain this year’s award will bring new benefits and rewards.”

Campbell’s credits include Dead Funny at Nottingham Playhouse, Pantheon of the Gods at the Young Vic and Moonlight Serenade at Lyric, Hammersmith. Paul Hunter is founder of Told by an Idiot and has directed at Lyric, Hammersmith, BAC and Soho Theatre. Sacha Wares directed the highly praised Guantanamo at the Tricycle and New Ambassadors theatres.

Director of Jerwood Charity Roanne Dodds said: “The shift in focus of the initiative this year has highlighted the benefits of that precious time to work on ideas and questions that is so difficult under the pressure to get work on to the stage. Like David, I am sure that we will see new and exciting benefits from this shift and I look forward to seeing them unfold.”

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