National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru lead Welsh theatre awards
Wales’ two national companies – National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – have taken five wins apiece at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards.
The judging panel for the awards was made up of professional theatre critics working in Wales and members of the Young Critics Scheme, made up of young people aged 12 to 25. The awards were announced at an event held at Sherman Cymru on January 25.
The best production in the Welsh language (critics’ choice) was won by Theatr Genedlaethol’s Blodeuwedd, while the best production in the English language went to Dirty Protests’ Parallel Lines.
Three NTW productions were recognised: Praxis Makes Perfect (for best director and best lighting), Tonypandemonium (best production in the English language – public vote – and best female performance in the English language); and Silly Kings (best production for children and young people).
National Theatre Wales’ artistic Director John McGrath said: “I’m delighted to see three signature pieces by National Theatre Wales doing so well at the awards. I’m also thrilled to see the success of the burgeoning Welsh fringe theatre scene at the ceremony. It’s exciting to be making theatre in Wales at such a vibrant moment.”
The winners in full were:
Music and sound
The Bloody Ballad – Gagglebabble (Dan Lawrence)
Praxis Makes Perfect – Natasha Chiver, National Theatre Wales/Neon Neon
Design and costume
Sleeping Beauties – Rachel Canning Sherman Cymru
Y Bont – Native HQ, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Ioan Hefin: You Should Ask Wallace – Theatr na nÓg
Wils Wilson: Praxis Makes Perfect – National Theatre Wales
Male in an opera
Marcus Farnsworth: Greek – Music Theatre Wales
Female in an opera
Marie Arnet: Lulu – Welsh National Opera
Lulu – Welsh National Opera
Male performance in the Welsh language
Owen Arwyn: Pridd – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Pridd)
Female performance in the Welsh language
Rhian Morgan: Dyled Eileen – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Production in the Welsh language (Critics’ choice)
Blodeuwedd – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Production in the Welsh language (Public online vote)
Tir Sir Gâr – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Production for children and young people
Silly Kings – National Theatre Wales
The Bloody Ballad – Gagglebabble
Small-scale dance production
Chelsea Hotel – Earthfall
Large-scale dance production
Romeo a Juliet – Ballet Cymru/Coreo Cymru/Riverfront Theatre
Playwright (Welsh language)
Roger Williams: Tir Sir Gâr – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Playwright (English language)
Tim Price: Salt, Root & Roe – Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Male performance (English language)
Robert Bowman: Diary Of A Madman – Living Pictures
Female performance (English language)
Siwan Morris: Tonypandemonium – National Theatre Wales
Production in the English language (Critics’ choice)
Parallel Lines – Dirty Protest
Production in the English language (Public online vote)
Tonypandemonium – National Theatre Wales
Special Recognition Award
Gaynor Lougher and Richard Berry, creators of Hijinx Theatre
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