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154 Collective wins Manchester Royal Exchange’s Hodgkiss Award

Manchester's Royal Exchange. Photo: Richard Hopkins Manchester's Royal Exchange. Photo: Richard Hopkins
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Theatre company the 154 Collective has won the 2018 Hodgkiss Award, with its production Wrestling the Walrus.

Last presented in 2016, the award helps to support the realisation of a production made by an artist or company from the north of England.

The award is run by Manchester’s Royal Exchange, which has partnered with the Yard Theatre in London, and the ARC in Stockton for this year’s prize. Ten artists and companies were shortlisted.

The company will receive a prize of £4,000 and an artistic mentor to help with the development of the show. Wrestling the Walrus will premiere at the Royal Exchange and then transfer to both the ARC Stockton and the Yard.

The judging panel, among others, included the Royal Exchange’s artistic director Sarah Frankcom, associate artistic director Bryony Shanahan, the Yard artistic director Jay Miller, and artistic director and chief executive of the ARC, Annabel Turpin.

Judge Sally Hodgkiss said: “We are delighted the 154 Collective will be receiving the 2018 Hodgkiss Award. They are passionate and dynamic theatremakers and storytellers, who have a distinct identity that shines through in their work.”

Dan Mallaghan, lead theatre artist of the 154 Collective, said: “Wrestling the Walrus will be our most ambitious show to date, having the opportunity to work with such experienced and knowledgeable partners will mean we can realise the full potential of the work and create something very special for audiences.”

The award’s previous winners have included Manchester theatre company Powder Keg.

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