Theatre in Wales

The latest theatre, dance and performance news

WAPA wins Barclays Stage Award     

At the Barclays Theatre Awards held at the Royal Court Theatre in London on October 21st the Wales Association for the Performing Arts won the special Stage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre.

This was the first time this award has been given to an organistion as opposed to an individual or company.

<b>Chris Ryde of WAPA has made this comment:</b>
I think the most satisfying aspect of winning the Stage's special award at the the Barclays/TMA presentations last week was that it was given by a London based organisation.

It is very easy to think sometimes that we are important in the scheme of things in Wales but when you go into meetings or conferences in England the persective looks quite different. So it is extremely gratifying to know that somewhere out there the work being done has been recognised: and while we all have a love/hate relationship with awards, its very nice to get one all the same!

The last three years has seen WAPA move up a gear. Local Govt reorganisation, followed by the Drama Strategy, followed by Devolution followed by ACW Reorganisation has given us a ready made agenda. I genuinely thought that we would be amateurs in a professional world when the Assembly started in that every pressure group would be in there beavering away.

That turns out not to have been the case and the work we did in the early months was more effective than we could have envisaged. So in terms of success the last year has been very encouraging: we have a Minister, we have a "new" Arts Council and we have additional resources. I think a number of organisations played a significant role in bringing all these about but WAPA was very prominent.

Many of us have been around long enough however to know that its a constant battle: and the successes of the last year or so are rare in the scheme of things, so there will be need for WAPA for many years to come.

One footnote: at the reception after the Ceremony I was approached by a member of the Arts Council of Wales staff who offered their congratulations. I accepted them gratefully but pointed out to them that without their total ineptitude we could never have won!
web site

Tuesday, October 23, 2001back



Older news stories have been carefully archived.
2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999


Privacy Policy | Contact Us | ©2013 keith morris / red snapper web designs /