Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wales Theatre Awards 2015 nominations announced

The shortlisted nominations for the 2015 Wales Theatre Awards were announced this evening in the Theatre Bar at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The nominations are listed below, and the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff.

Updated January 12th 2016 with the winners

Best Male Actor (English Language)
  • Jordan Bernarde (Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco, Waking Exploits)
  • Chris Gordon (Romeo and Juliet, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff)
  • Daniel Llewelyn-Williams (Not About Heroes, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold)
  • Rhodri Miles (Clown in the Moon, Miles Productions/ Cahoots Theatre Company)
Best Female Actor (English Language)
  • Catrin Aaron (Contractions, Waking Exploits)
  • Sian Howard (Ghosts, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold)
  • Sara Lloyd-Gregory (Contractions, Waking Exploits)
  • Jannah Warlow (Tender Napalm, Company of Sirens, Cardiff/ Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff/ Theatr Iolo, Cardiff)
Best Male Actor (Welsh Language)
  • Gwion Aled (Dros y Top, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Carwyn Evans (Dros y Top, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Rhys Parry Jones (Garw, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Aled Pedrick (Y Negesydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Carmarthen)
Best Female Actor (Welsh Language)
  • Rhian Blythe (Blod)/ Sharon Morgan (Priodferch Utah, Theatr 1.618, Cardiff)
  • Gwawr Loader (Garw, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Sara Lloyd-Gregory (Y Negesydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Carmarthen)
  • Eiry Thomas (Garw, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
Best Production (English Language)
  • Beneath the Streets (Punchdrunk/ Hijinx Academy, Cardiff)
  • Hiraeth (Buddug James Jones)
  • Mametz (National Theatre Wales, Cardiff)
  • Roberto Zucco (August 012, Cardiff)
Best Production (Welsh Language)
  • Ectoplasm (Tinopolis Studio, Llanelli)
  • Garw (Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Priodferch Utah (Theatr 1.618, Cardiff)
  • Y Negesydd (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Carmarthen)
Best Playwright (English Language)
  • Matthew Bulgo (Last Christmas, Dirty Protest, Cardiff/ Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold)
  • Alan Harris (The Future for Beginners, LiveArtShow/ Wales Millennium Centre)
  • Mark Jenkins (Downtown Paradise, Welsh Fargo Stage Company)
  • Owen Sheers (Mametz, National Theatr Wales)
Best Playwright (Welsh Language)
  • Sion Eirian (Garw, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Jon Gower (Ectoplasm, Tinopolis Studio, Llanelli)
  • Caryl Lewis (Y Negesydd, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Carmarthen/ Theatr Felinfach, Ceredigion)
  • Carmen Medway-Stephens (translated by Sharon Morgan; Priodferch Utah, Theatr 1.618, Cardiff)
Best Director
  • Terry Hands (Under Milk Wood: The Play, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold)
  • Betsan Llwyd (Dros y Top, Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Michael McCarthy (The Trial, Music Theatre Wales)
  • Kate Wasserberg (Contractions, Waking Exploits)
Best Show for Children and Young People
  • As You Like It (Taking Flight Theatre Company, Cardiff)
  • Gwyn (Cwmn'r Fran Wen, Anglesey)
  • Luna (Theatr Iolo, Cardiff)
  • Maudie's Room (Roar Ensemble/ Sherman Cymru, Cardiff)
Best Sound/ Lighting
  • Contractions (Dyfan Jones and Nick Beadle, Waking Exploits)
  • Moses and Egypt (Fabrice Kebour, Welsh National Opera)
  • Purlieus (Joe Fletcher, National Dance Theatre Wales)
  • Song (Laura Lima and James Tyson, Ranters Theatre)
Best Design and/or Costume
  • Simon Banham (Under Milk Wood: The Opera, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea)
  • Jon Bausor and Lucy Martin (Mametz, National Theatre Wales, Cardiff)
  • Neil Davies (Adventures in the Skin Trade, Theatr Iolo, Cardiff)
  • Holly McCarthy (The Killing of Sister George, Theatr Pena)
Best Ensemble
  • Adventures in the Skin Trade (Theatr Iolo, Cardiff)
  • Dros y Top (Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon)
  • Moses und Aron (Welsh National Opera Chorus, Cardiff)
  • Under Milk Wood: The Play (Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold)
The winners in the Dance and Opera categories can be found here.

Here's arts journalist and Wales Theatre Awards organiser Mike Smith talking a little about the WTAs and the newly launched Critics' Fund:

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