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Sherman Production Nominated for International Playwriting Award     

Sherman Production Nominated for International Playwriting Award Sherman Cymru’s production The Almond and the Seahorse written by Kaite O’Reilly, which was a sensational success at Sherman last year, has been announced as a finalist of an international playwright’s award.

The Almond and the Seahorse, a play about Traumatic Brain Injury, written by Kaite O’Reilly has been selected as a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, which is given annually to a woman who deserves recognition for having written a work of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. The Almond and the Seahorse is the Prize’s first ever Welsh finalist since being created in 1976.

The play received outstanding reviews in its production at Sherman in March 2008, including an incredible 5 star review in The Guardian. Writer Kaite O’Reilly comments:

“The Almond and the Seahorse is unusual in that it was nominated both sides of the Atlantic - Victory Gardens in Chicago who developed it, as well as Sherman Cymru, who first produced it. There’s still lots happening with the play – even a year on from that first production – it was part of an international play reading festival in New York last month. It's a great honour to be a finalist for this international prize, especially being amongst such distinguished company.”

The esteemed Susan Smith Blackburn award, now entering its fourth decade, is given annually to women who have produced exceptional and compelling pieces of written work for the English-speaking theatre. The award will be marked with a ceremony in London on 25 February and presented by stage and screen actress, Sigourney Weaver with the winner receiving a prize amount of $20,000 and a signed and numbered print by renowned artist Willem De Kooning, created especially for the Award.

The Almond and the Seahorse is a moving and witty play about survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the impact on their everyday life and relationships. Two couples find themselves in the situation where memory loss disturbs the balance of their relationships, and the status between partners when one becomes patient and the other carer.

The Almond and the Seahorse was one of the first new plays to be produced by Sherman Cymru after The Sherman Theatre Company and Sgript Cymru had merged to form Sherman Cymru. Since the play’s incredible success Sherman has continued to support new writing and Wales-based writers with project’s including SpringBoard, a new writing festival which returns this Spring, and the award-winning Deep Cut which opens at London’s Tricycle Theatre this March.

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