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Vicky Featherstone and Phyllida Lloyd win at Women in the Creative Industries Awards

Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone collecting her award from actor and comedian Liz Carr. Photo: Alice Boagey
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Theatre figures including directors Vicky Featherstone and Phyllida Lloyd have been recognised at the Southbank Centre’s Women in the Creative Industries Awards.

It is the third time the awards, which celebrate women who have championed equality in the arts and cultural sectors, have been held. They are run in conjunction with the Southbank’s Women of the World festival, which launches today (March 7), ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Featherstone was awarded the gender equality champion award for her call to action within the theatre industry with the Royal Court’s No Grey Area event.

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Lloyd was given the chair’s award, alongside her team at the Donmar Warehouse, for their all-female Shakespeare trilogy.

Other performing arts winners included Talawa Theatre company co-founder Mona Hammond and choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, who were both given lifetime achievement accolades, and artist, writer and activist Lois Weaver – one half of the performance duo Split Britches – who was recognised for her ongoing commitment to excellence in the creative industries.

The awards were founded by Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly, who departs the organisation in May to work full-time on the Women of the World festival.

The awards were held at the Southbank, in London, with other winners including author Reni Eddo-Lodge and Liv Little, who is the founder of magazine Gal-Dem.

This year’s judging panel included Manchester International Festival artistic director John McGrath, Graeae artistic director Jenny Sealey, Deborah Williams, chief executor of the Creative Diversity Network, and London night tsar Amy Lamé.

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