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National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru lead Welsh theatre awards

National Theatre Wales' Praxis Makes Perfect. Photo: Farrows Creative
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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

Digital/online content

Y Bont – Native HQ, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Inspirational educator

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

Opera production

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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