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Orange Tree Theatre carries away four awards in Offies’ Twitter ceremony

John Ramm in Sheppey at the Orange Tree Theatre, London. Photo: Helen Maybanks

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 [1], 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 [2] 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 [3]. 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 [4], with Rufus Norris offering mentorship, best choreographer went to Lee Proud for Allegro [5] and Grey Gardens [6] won best musical.

Pop-up venue the Styx, which hosted Philip Ridley’s immersive piece Karagula [7], provided wins for Lynette Clarke as best supporting female and Shawn Soh for best costume designer. Sarah Ridgeway’s performance in Fury [8] 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 [9] 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” [10].

Off West End Theatre Awards – winners in full

Best female
Sarah Ridgeway in Fury [8] at Soho Theatre

Best supporting female
Lynette Clarke in Karagula [7] at the Styx

Best male
John Ramm in Sheppey [1], at the Orange Tree Theatre

Best supporting male
Josh Dylan and Dickie Beau in Sheppey [1], at the Orange Tree Theatre

Best new play
Chris Urch for The Rolling Stone [2] at The Orange Tree Theatre

Most promising new playwright
Zoe Cooper for Jess and Joe Forever [3] – co-production with Farnham Maltings at the Orange Tree Theatre

Best director
Tom Hughes for Punkplay [4] at Southwark Playhouse

Best lighting designer
David Plater for Deathwatch [11] at the Print Room

Best sound designer
Dominic Brennan for Down and Out in Paris and London [12] at the New Diorama

Best set designer
Frankie Bradshaw for Adding Machine [13] at the Finborough Theatre

Best costume designer
Shawn Soh for Karagula [7] at the Styx

Best choreographer
Lee Proud for Allegro [5] at Southwark Playhouse

Best ensemble
Belarus Free Theatre for Burning Doors [14] at Soho Theatre

Best production
Thebes Land [15]at the Arcola Theatre

Best new musical
Grey Gardens [6] at Southwark Playhouse

Best musical production
Ragtime [9] at Charing Cross Theatre

Best musical director
Jordan Li-Smith for Ragtime [9] at Charing Cross Theatre

Best artistic director
Matthew Parker at the Hope Theatre

Best producer
Katy Lipson, Aria Entertainment

Best opera production
Cosi Fan Tutte [16] at the Kings Head Theatre

Best TBC (for productions that defy traditional categories)
YOUARENOWHERE [17] at Shoreditch Town Hall

Best production for young people (aged 1-7)
Boing! [18] by Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic at the Unicorn

Best production for young people (aged 8+)
Treasure Island [19] by Iris Productions at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden

Special achievement award
Sasha Regan, Union Theatre