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The Other Room in Cardiff scoops four wins at Wales Theatre Awards

The Other Room's executive director Elizabeth Day and artistic director Kate Wasserberg The Other Room's executive director Elizabeth Day and artistic director Kate Wasserberg
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Cardiff’s the Other Room has picked up four prizes at the 2016 Wales Theatre Awards.

Other winners included performer Sophie Melville, for Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott, and Welsh National Opera. The Other Room, which last week became the first theatre outside London to be named Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards, won in four categories including best actor in English language, which was won by Christian Patterson for Blasted, and best playwright in the English language, which was won by Alun Saunders for his play A Good Clean Heart.

The Dying of Today at the Other Room fended off competition from productions by Theatre Clwyd, Torch Theatre and Scriptography Productions to win best production in the English language. Other Room artistic director Kate Wasserberg also won the best director award for Blasted, the theatre’s inaugural production.

Melville was named best actress in the English language for Sherman Cymru’s Iphigenia in Splott, while Carys Eleri and Rhodri Evan picked up the Welsh language actress and actor prizes, respectively.

Welsh National Opera won all three opera awards, as well as the best sound award, while Earthfall’s Stories from a Crowded Room picked up the best dance production prize. The company’s founders, Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis, were given the special achievement award.

The newly introduced audience award, which is voted for by the public, was won by Torch Theatre Company’s play, Grav. The awards ceremony took place on January 30 at Sherman Cymru.

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