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The North Has It: Awards and Nominations in Full

Wales Theatre Awards

Actors, Singers, Designers, Writers, Directors of Wales , The Riverfront , January-27-18
Wales Theatre Awards by Actors, Singers, Designers, Writers, Directors of Wales The Riverfront, co-sponsor of the 2018 awards, is packed. Everyone who makes, and makes their mark, on Wales' remarkable performance culture is here. The numbers astonish. I used to reckon roughly on a hundred pieces a year across the genres. It is up at least thirty percent. Dennis O'Neill writes a foreword for the print programme. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas writes in the online version. S4C is present to televise it for “Heno.” True to its credo towards its own culture BBC Wales is not to be seen.

The pendulum swings. This year is the year of the north with Franwen, Bara Caws, Theatr Clwyd, Opra Cymru, Pontio & Seiriol Davies sweeping the awards. Arad Goch, nudging towards thirty years, picks up best design. The speeches of thanks are crisp and warm. Those by Geinor Styles and Tamara Harvey are deep and heart-felt.

The high point of the event is a masterly tribute by Simon Harris to West Glamorgan Youth Theatre. It starts with personal memory of teenage transformation and ascends to a veritable roll-call of Welsh theatre. The extraordinary quality of Port Talbot's drama heritage is told in the book”the Actors' Crucible”, and the author herself is also present. Godfrey Evans' address is one of eloquence and humbleness. The message is simple. If power wants to engage communities and young people the money should be pumped out to communities to make it happen.

The national company plays no part in the event. The reasons are neither sudden nor accidental. Geinor Steiles uses her time on the platform to point out the obvious. It used to be at the centre in terms of excitement and ambition and has ceased to be. A reason is the corporate strategy. There is no forum in Wales for the arts but the last time a discussion on national theatre was held Tim Baker was present. He said there was only one criterion and that was to make great theatre for audiences in Wales. The public statements all tend towards the same, the elevation of secondary activities over the primary objective.

The consequences of inattention to the first task are well known for all companies in all sectors. As a strategy for the Board to have underwritten it is unsustainable. The national company is at the centre of the theatre culture or not at all; there is no pick-and-choose about it.

The 2018 Wales awards are covered in detail on the organisers' site along with graphics and other material. The following is a summary; award-winners are placed first followed by nominees.
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Organisation site: http://www.walestheatreawards.com/the-awards-y-gwobrau-2018

BEST DESIGN AND / OR COSTUME

Buddug James Jones & Anneliese Mowbray, is“Gwledd Gwyddno”,Arad Goch

Lucy Osborne, “Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres
Simon Banham, “The Golden Dragon”, Music Theatre Wales
Mark Bailey, “Escape the Scaffold”, The Other Room, Mongrel Thumb & Theatre503
Lois Prys, “Yfory”, Theatr Bara Caws

BEST DIRECTOR

Tamara Harvey, “Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres

Rachel O'Riordan, “Killology”, Sherman Theatre & Royal Court Theatre
Simon Harris, “Little Wolf”, Lucid Theatre
Chris Durnall, “the Nether”, Company of Sirens, good cop bad cop, Chapter
Marc Rees & Caroline Finn, “P.A.R.A.D.E.”, National Dance Company Wales & Marc Rees

BEST LIGHTING

Joe Fletcher, “Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Katy Morison, “Sinners Club”, Gagglebabble, Theatr Clwyd & The Other Room
Jane Lalljee, “Little Wolf”, Lucid Theatre
Ric Mountjoy “Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres
Chris Illingsworth, Shadow Aspect, Ballet Cymru

BEST SOUND

Lucy Rivers, “Sinners Club”, Gagglebabble, Theatr Clwyd & The Other Room

John Tyrrell, “From the House of the Dead”, Welsh National Opera
Daf James, “Tiger Bay”, Wales Millennium Centre / Cape Town Opera
Gareth Glyn, “Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd”, Opra Cymru,/Bangor University/Pontio,
Catrin Finch, “The Light Princess”, Ballet Cymru, Catrin Finch & The Riverfront

BEST ENSEMBLE

“Tiger Bay”, Wales Millennium Centre with Cape Town Opera

“Granton Street”, Fluellen Theatre Company
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, Torch Theatre Company
“Junkyard”, Theatr Clwyd, Headlong, Bristol Old Vic & Rose Theatre Kingston
“Gwledd Gwyddno / The Sea King’s Feast”, Arad Goch

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER

Marcos Morau, “Tundra”, National Dance Company Wales

Gwyn Emberton, “Raft”, Gwyn Emberton Dance & Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Marc Rees & Caroline Finn, “P.A.R.A.D.E.”, National Dance Company Wales & Marc Rees
Marcos Morau, “Tundra”, National Dance Company Wales
Tim Podesta, “Shadow Aspect”, Ballet Cymru
Lisa Spaull, “The Flying Bedroom”, Little Light, Venue Cymru & Firefly Press

BEST FEMALE DANCE ARTIST

Anna Pujol, “The Light Princess”, Ballet Cymru, Catrin Finch & Riverfront

Elena Thomas, “Profundis”, National Dance Company Wales
Jo Fong, “Ways of Being Together”, Jo Fong & Chapter
Mara Galeazzi, “Shadow Aspect,” Ballet Cymru
Camille Giraudeau, “The Green House”, National Dance Company Wales

BEST MALE DANCE ARTIST

Ed Myhill, “Animatorium”, National Dance Company Wales

Andrea Maria Battaggia, “The Light Princess”, Ballet Cymru, Catrin Finch & The Riverfront
Matteo Marfoglia, “Raft”, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Robbie Moorcroft, “Shadow Aspect”, Ballet Cymru
Gwyn Emberton, “Babulus”, ICoDaCo, Gwyn Emberton & ilDance

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION

“Shadow Aspect”, Ballet Cymru

“Raft”, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
“The Light Princess”, Ballet Cymru, Catrin Finch & The Riverfront
“Tundra”, National Dance Company Wales
“The Green House”, National Dance Company Wales

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

“Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd”, Opra Cymru, Prifysgol Bangor, Pontio,

“Yfory”, Theatr Bara Caws
“Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
“Y Tŵr”, Music Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol
“Hollti”, Theatr Genedlaethol

BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE – MALE

Richard Lynch, “Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Rhodri Miles, “Sieiloc”, Rhodri Miles
Siôn Pritchard, “Hollti”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Gareth John Bale, “Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Rhodri Evan, “Y fory”, Theatr Bara Caws

BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE – FEMALE

Caryl Morgan, “Y fory”, Theatr Bara Caws

Ffion Dafis, “Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Siw Hughes, “Hollti”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Caryl Hughes, “Y Tŵr”, Music Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Lisa Jên Brown, “Gair o Gariad”, Theatr Bara Caws, Fuel & Uninvited Guests

BEST MALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION

Simon Bailey, “From the House of the Dead”, Welsh National Opera

Brindley Sharratt, “Der Rosenkavalier”, Welsh National Opera & Theater Magdeburg
Tom Randle, “Le Vin herbé”, Welsh National Opera
Robyn Lyn Evans, “Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd”, Opra Cymru, Prifysgol Bangor, Pontio
Alan Oke, “From the House of the Dead”, Welsh National Opera

BEST OPERA PRODUCTION

Le Vin herbé”, Welsh National Opera

“Der Rosenkavalier”, Welsh National Opera & Theater Magdeburg
“Y Tŵr”, Music Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
“The Golden Dragon”, Music Theatre Wales
“The World’s Wife”, Welsh National Opera, Taliesin Arts Centre

BEST FEMALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION

Natalya Romaniw, “Eugene Onegin”, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

Caitlin Hulcup, “Le Vin herbé”, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru
Rebecca Evans, “Der Rosenkavalier”, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru, Theater Magdeburg – co-production / cyd-gynhyrchiad
Amanda Forbes, “The World’s Wife”, Welsh National Opera, Taliesin Arts Centre, Echo Forest
Caryl Hughes, “Y Tŵr”, Music Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

“Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres

“Seanmhair”, The Other Room
“Scarlett”, Theatr Clwyd & Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
“Sugar Baby”, Dirty Protest
“Black Mountain, Theatre Clwyd, Paines Plough & Orange Tree Theatre

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Rosie Sheehy, “Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres

Eria-Lynn Hunter, “Scarlett”, Theatr Clwyd & Hampstead Theatre Downstairs
Hannah McPake, “Seanmhair”, The Other Room
Lucy Rivers, “Sinners Club”, Gagglebabble, Theatr Clwyd & The Other Room
Kate Ashfield, “Scarlett”, Theatr Clwyd & Hampstead Theatre Downstairs

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Sion Daniel Young, “Killology”, Sherman Theatre & Royal Court Theatre

Jamie Ballard, “Uncle Vanya”, Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres
Rhodri Meilir, How My Light is Spent, Royal Exchange Theatre, Theatre by the Lake & Sherman Theatre
Steffan Donnelly, “My Body Welsh”, Cwmni Theatr Invertigo Theatre Company, The Conker Group & Pontio
James Scannell, “Granton Street”, Fluellen Theatre Company

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Gary Owen, “Killology”, Sherman Theatre & Royal Court Theatre

Alan Harris, “How My Light is Spent” Royal Exchange Theatre, Theatre by the Lake & Sherman Theatre
Meredydd Baker, “Nye & Jennie”, Theatr na nÓg & Aneurin Leisure
Owen Sheers, “Pink Mist”, Bristol Old Vic
Simon Harris, “Little Wolf”, Lucid Theatre

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

Siôn Eirian, “Yfory”, Theatr Bara Caws

Manon Steffan Ros, “Mwgsi”, Cwmni’r Frân Wen
Manon Wyn Williams, “Hollti”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Hefin Robinson, “Estron”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, National Eisteddfod of Wales
Gwyn Thomas, “Macbeth”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Cadw

BEST TOURING PRODUCTION (WELSH)

“Sieiloc”, Rhodri Miles

“Hollti”, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
“Y Tŵr”, Music Theatre Wales & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
“Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd”, Opra Cymru, Prifysgol Bangor
“Yfory”, Theatr Bara Caws


BEST TOURING PRODUCTION (ENGLISH)

“How To Win Against History”, Àine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies, Pontio

“Little Wolf”, Lucid Theatre
“Granton Street”, Fluellen Theatre Company
“The Bear”, Mid Wales Opera
“My Body Welsh”, Cwmni Theatr Invertigo Theatre Company, The Conker Group & Pontio

BEST SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (WELSH)

“Mwgsi”, Cwmni’r Frân Wen

“Nid Fi”, Arad Goch
“Deffro’r Gwanwyn”, University of Wales Trinity St David
“Culhwch ac Olwen”, Cwmni Mega
“Hedd Wyn - Pam ein bod ni'n cofio”, Mewn Cymeriad / In Character


BEST SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (ENGLISH)

“You’ve Got Dragons”, Taking Flight Theatre Company/ Creu Cymru/ Abertillery Met

“Eye of the Storm”, Theatr na nÓg/ Taliesin Arts Centre
“Twenty16”, Theatr Iolo & The Welfare Ystradgynlais
“The Wind in the Willows”, Sherman Theatre

“The Flying Bedroom”, Little Light, Venue Cymru & Firefly Press

WALES AND THE WORLD

Daniel Llewelyn-Williams

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT

Godfrey Evans

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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