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Kevin Spacey Foundation award winners announced

(from left to right) Ben Vardy, Jesse Meadows and Kerry Lovell in 1972: The Future of Sex. Photo: Jack Offord Ben Vardy, Jesse Meadows and Kerry Lovell in the Wardrobe Ensemble's 1972: The Future of Sex. Photo: Jack Offord
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Bristol-based theatre company the Wardrobe Ensemble is among the winners of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards 2017.

The company won in the UK theatre category for its production Education, Education, Education, which looks at schools and teachers in the 1990s. It will open at the Pleasance this summer as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

For UK dance, Holly Blakey won with her show Some Greater Class, exploring class and gender. She said that the award “will allow me to open a bigger dialogue into dance’s position in the world as it is today, questioning our assumptions and expectations”.

Silent Uproar was victorious in the UK musical theatre category. The Hull-based new writing company won for A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), a cabaret musical about depression, created in collaboration with Rotterdam writer Jon Brittain and Frisky and Mannish’s Matthew Floyd Jones.

Each of the winners will receive £10,000 in funding as well as support and mentoring from industry practitioners.

The selection panel included playwrights Roy Williams and Adam Brace, director Tamara Harvey and actor Laura Pitt-Pulford.

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