Orange Tree Theatre carries away four awards in Offies’ Twitter ceremony
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond picked up four wins at this year’s Off West End Theatre Awards.
John Ramm was named best male for his performance in Sheppey, while his co-stars Josh Dylan and Dickie Beau jointly won the award for best supporting male.
The Orange Tree’s production of The Rolling Stone by Chris Urch won the prize for best new play and Zoe Cooper was named most promising new playwright for her play Jess and Joe Forever. The theatre was also deemed to be the most welcoming in south-west London, according to a public vote.
The awards, known as the Offies, were announced by Patrick Stewart in a Twitter ceremony. Winners in 18 out of the 24 categories will be mentored for a year by ‘patron saints’ including Sonia Friedman and David Lan.
There were three awards for productions at Southwark Playhouse. Tom Hughes won best director for Punkplay, with Rufus Norris offering mentorship, best choreographer went to Lee Proud for Allegro and Grey Gardens won best musical.
Pop-up venue the Styx, which hosted Philip Ridley’s immersive piece Karagula, provided wins for Lynette Clarke as best supporting female and Shawn Soh for best costume designer. Sarah Ridgeway’s performance in Fury at Soho Theatre won her the best female award.
In a new category this year, Jordan Li-Smith was named best musical director for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre. He will be mentored by Mike Dixon.
Sasha Regan, artistic director of the Union Theatre, won a special achievement award “for her tireless campaign to save the theatre, negotiate with Network Rail and move the venue from one railway arch to two”.
Off West End Theatre Awards – winners in full
Sarah Ridgeway in Fury at Soho Theatre
Best supporting female
Lynette Clarke in Karagula at the Styx
John Ramm in Sheppey, at the Orange Tree Theatre
Best supporting male
Josh Dylan and Dickie Beau in Sheppey, at the Orange Tree Theatre
Best new play
Chris Urch for The Rolling Stone at The Orange Tree Theatre
Most promising new playwright
Zoe Cooper for Jess and Joe Forever – co-production with Farnham Maltings at the Orange Tree Theatre
Tom Hughes for Punkplay at Southwark Playhouse
Best lighting designer
David Plater for Deathwatch at the Print Room
Best sound designer
Dominic Brennan for Down and Out in Paris and London at the New Diorama
Best set designer
Frankie Bradshaw for Adding Machine at the Finborough Theatre
Best costume designer
Shawn Soh for Karagula at the Styx
Lee Proud for Allegro at Southwark Playhouse
Belarus Free Theatre for Burning Doors at Soho Theatre
Thebes Land at the Arcola Theatre
Best new musical
Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse
Best musical production
Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
Best musical director
Jordan Li-Smith for Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre
Best artistic director
Matthew Parker at the Hope Theatre
Katy Lipson, Aria Entertainment
Best opera production
Cosi Fan Tutte at the Kings Head Theatre
Best TBC (for productions that defy traditional categories)
YOUARENOWHERE at Shoreditch Town Hall
Best production for young people (aged 1-7)
Boing! by Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic at the Unicorn
Best production for young people (aged 8+)
Treasure Island by Iris Productions at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden
Special achievement award
Sasha Regan, Union Theatre