THE WINNERS

 

 

The winners of the Wales Theatre Awards 2016 have been announced at an awards evening at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff (SAT JAN 30).The special achievement award was presented to Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis whose company Earthfall celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The Cardiff-based company has been at the cutting edge of physical performance with their collection of awards also now including this year’s Wales Theatre Awards Best Dance Award for Stories from a Crowded Room.

 

Earthfall and Jim Ennis and Jessica Cohen

 

Wales Theatre Awards director Mike Smith said, “The new Audience Award as voted online by audiences across Wales was presented to the Torch Theatre Company’s play Grav. Voting for Grav demonstrated how this one-man show really connected with audiences when it toured Wales. The award was received by the show’s director Peter Doran, writer Owen Thomas and the actor Gareth John Bale. Grav tells the story of the late Welsh rugby legend Ray Gravell.”

 

Owen Thomas and Gareth John Bale

 

Mike Smith added, “It has been a particularly successful year for the Welsh capital’s new pub theatre The Other Room with actors, writers and directors appearing in several categories. Best Actor English Language, Christian Patterson, Best Playwright in English Language, Alun Saunders and Best Director Kate Wasserberg won their awards for work at The Other Room.”

 

 

All three opera awards were won by Welsh National Opera and the Best Sound Award was won by Welsh National Opera’s Musical Director Lothar Koenigs for his conducting of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Best Male Singer was won by Christopher Purves in Pelléas et Mélisande, Best Female Singer was won by Rosa Feola in I Puritani and the Best Opera Production Award was won by David Pountney for Pelléas et Mélisande.

 

Best Welsh language Playwright was won by Llŷr Titus for Drych performed by Cwmni’r Frân Wen while Rhodri Evan was named Best Welsh Language Acvtor for the play Difa, Theatr Bara Caws which also won the Best Production in the Welsh Language.

 

It was also a good night for the host venue Theatr Sherman Theatre with the Best Actress in the English Language being won by Sophie Melville for Iphigenia in Splott and the Sherman’s Artistic Director winning the Best Production for Children and Young Nights for Arabian Nights.

 

 

 

These awards recognise excellence in theatre, dance and opera created and presented in Wales between December 2014 and November 2015. The nominations are made by critics throughout Wales. This year there were nominations from 34 critics throughout Wales across genres and media platforms, totalling 593 individual nominations, comprising 334 performers, creative staff (directors, technicians, designers and playwrights) and shows, in English and in Welsh.

 

The Awards are made possible thanks to the work of the judges who painstakingly assess all of the nominations to choose the shortlists and then overall winners, and the generous sponsorship from arts organisations, venues and individuals.

 

This sponsorship also enables the Wales Critics Fund to give financial support to freelance and young critics to attend performances across the nation. In its first year the Fund has supported more than 200 reviews across Wales.  As well as receiving the coveted engraved slate award, this year we have also been joined by the Royal Mint by presenting each winner with a commemorative edition of coins in this the 400th year of the death of William Shakespeare.

 

 

Nick Capaldi and David Pountney

 

 

The audience was entertained  with an extract from I Loved You and I Loved You, choreographed  by Sally Marie of Sweetshop Revolution, supported by Coreo Cymru who commissioned the work in 2015 and soprano Angharad Morgan, accompanied by Rhiannon Pritchard, singing Quando m’en vo, from Puccini’s  La Boheme which she will sing with Swansea City Opera this spring.

 

 

The evening was brought to a rousing finale by singers from the MA Opera course at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and graduate Nicola Rose, piano, performing the Fugue from Verdi’s Falstaff.

 

 

 

 

All shortlists and winners:

BEST SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Y SIOE ORAU AR GYFER PLANT A PHOBOL IFANC

Real Human Being, Taking Flight Theatre Company in partnership with / mewn partneriaeth â Disability Arts Cymru / Celfyddydau Anabledd Cymru

Oes Rhaid I Mi Ddeffro? Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

Mimosa, Theatr Clwyd – Theatre For Young People / Theatr ar gyfer Pobl Ifanc

Arabian Nights, Sherman Cymru

Winner: Arabian Nights, Sherman Cymru

QUOTE: Sherman Cymru has a winter hit on its hands. That at least is the verdict of the audience on the performance after the first night. A ten-thirty-in-the-morning show to a packed house from three Cardiff schools is the real thing. If they whoop and cheer at the end of their two-hour journey across four of Schehezerade’s one thousand and one stories that is because they mean it.

BEST SOUND / SAIN GORAU

Branwen Munn, Yuri, August O12, co-production with / cydgynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

Lothar Koenigs, Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

Y Pencadlys, Dawns Ysbrydion, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru mewn partneriaeth â Galeri Caernarfon / in partnership with Galeri Caernarfon

Lucy Rivers, The Forsythe Sisters, Gagglebabble

Winner: Lothar Koenigs, Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

QUOTE: Under Koenigs’ baton, the score’s shimmering harmonic palette is beautifully coloured throughout. But more intense still is the subtle pacing of the drama on stage and in the pit, which wonderfully reflects Debussy’s innovative use of musical tempi and duration as vehicles for expression.

BEST LIGHTING

GOLEUO GORAU

Ceri James, Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found, Hijnx & Punchdrunk Enrichment

Terry Hands, Hamlet, Theatr Clwyd

Katy Morison & Zakk Hein, A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room

Kevin Treacy, A Doll’s House, Sherman Cymru

Winner: Terry Hands, Hamlet, Theatr Clwyd

QUOTE: A masterful use of light and dark in thrilling apposition

BEST DESIGN AND/OR COSTUME

DYLUNIO A/NEU GWISGOEDD GORAU

Holly McCarthy, The Royal Bed, Theatr Pena, co-production with /cyd-gynhyrchiad The Riverfront / Glan yr Afon in association with / ar y cyd â Torch Theatre / Theatr y Torch

Ruth Hall & Max Jones, Y Fenyw Ddaeth o’r Môr, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Camilla Clarke, Yuri, August O12, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

Mark Bailey, The Herbal Bed, Theatr Clwyd

Winner Holly McCarthy, The Royal Bed, Theatr Pena, co-production with /cyd-gynhyrchiad The Riverfront / Glan yr Afon in association with / ar y cyd â Torch Theatre / Theatr y Torch

QUOTE: Holly McCarthy’s design…has a statuesque grandeur to it. Its vaulting perpendicularity is emphasised by the six high-up candles in vertical alignment. Twenty-one more candles line the rear of the stage and form the left right corner.

BEST MALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION / PERFFORMIAD

GORAU MEWN CYNHYRCHIAD OPERA – GWRYW

Barry Banks, I Puritani, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda / co-production with Den Jyske Oper a / Danish National Opera

Iestyn Morris Peter Pan, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda / co-production with Komische Oper

Jacques Imbrailo, Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

 

Winner: Christopher Purves, Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

QUOTE:  A captivating and complex characterisation, strong and sympathetic

BEST FEMALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION

PERFFORMIAD GORAU MEWN CYNHYRCHIAD OPERA – MENYW

Rosa Feola, I Puritani, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda / co-production with Den Jyske Opera / Danish National Opera

Rebecca Evans, Orlando, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cynhyrchiad Scottish Opera / a Scottish Opera Production

Jurgita Adomonyté, Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

Janis Kelly, Sweeney Todd, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Co-production with / Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru and / a’r West Yorkshire Playhouse ar y cyd gyda / in association with Royal Exchange Theatre

Winner: Rosa Feola, I Puritani, Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda / co-production with Den Jyske Opera / Danish National Opera

QUOTE: Exquisite singing and acting in this unusual production that demanded so much from this wonderful artist

Best Opera Production/Cynhyrchiad Opera Gorau

Orlando, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cynhyrchiad Scottish Opera/a Scottish Opera Production

Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

I Puritani, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda / co-production with Den Jyske Opera/Danish National Opera

Hansel & Gretel, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru. Cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda/ co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago

Winner: Pelléas et Mélisande, Welsh National Opera/Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru

QUOTE: David Pountney gives us an enigmatic, pulse-racing production full of characteristic verve and edginess

 

 

BEST ENSEMBLE / ENSEMBLE GORAU

playing ‘the maids’, The Llanarth Group in collaboration with / mewn cydweithrediad â Gaitkrash (Ireland / Iwerddon), Theatr P’yut (Korea), and / a 2 independent artists / 2 artist annibynnol (Singapore / UK-Ireland/Singapore / DU-Iwerddon)

The Winter’s Tale, Taking Flight Theatre, supported by / cefnogir gan Chapter

Legally Blonde, Aberystywth Arts Centre / Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth

The Harri-Parris: The Big Day, Mai Oh Mai in association with / ar y cyd â Chapter and/a Torch Theatre / Theatr y Torch.

 

Winner:The Winter’s Tale, Taking Flight Theatre, supported by / cefnogir gan Chapter

QUOTE: Spendid work from this important company, rowdy and playful.

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

DRAMODYDD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG

Angharad Price, Nansi, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Dewi Wyn Williams, Difa, Theatr Bara Caws

Llŷr Titus, Drych, Cwmni’r Frân Wen mewn cydweithrediad â / in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru r

Dyfan Roberts, Pum Cynnig i Gymro, Theatr Bara Caws.

Winner : Llŷr Titus, Drych, Cwmni’r Frân Wen mewn cydweithrediad â / in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

QUOTE: A confident and eloquent first play by a real young talent.

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

DRAMODYDD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG

Alun Saunders, A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room

Gary Owen, Iphigenia in Splott, Sherman Cymru

Catrin Fflur Huws, To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

Owen Thomas, Grav, Torch Theatre Company / Cwmni’r Torch

Winner Alun Saunders, A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room

QUOTE:  A poetic balance between both languages as the rhythms and musicality of each are observed and beautifully woven together to create this heady world of inter-culturality

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION

CYNHYRCHIAD DAWNS GORAU

Dawns Ysbrydion, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru mewn partneriaeth â Galeri Caernarfon / in partnership with Galeri Caernarfon

Blood on the Snow, Caroline Sabin, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

I Loved You and I Loved You, Sweetshop Revolution, produced by / cynhyrchwyd gan Coreo Cymru and / a Chapter

Stories from a Crowded Room, Earthfall in partnership with / mewn partneriaeth â Chapter

Winner Stories from a Crowded Room, Earthfall in partnership with / mewn partneriaeth â Chapter

QUOTE: Welcomingly intrusive. I left there feeling richly challenged and cleansed

BEST FEMALE DANCE ARTIST (PERFORMER AND/OR CHOREOGRAPHER)

ARTIST DAWNS GORAU – MENYW (PERFFORMIWR A/NEU GOREOGRAFFYDD)

Eddie Ladd, Dawns Ysbrydion, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru mewn partneriaeth â / in partnership with Galeri Caernarfon

Joanna Young, Don’t Think About a Purple Daisy

Gemma Prangle, Dances I Made on my Bathroom Floor

Caroline Sabin, Blood on the Snow, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

Winner Eddie Ladd, Dawns Ysbrydion, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru mewn partneriaeth â / in partnership with Galeri Caernarfon

QUOTE: A boundaries- pushing physical and creative performance in an important work

BEST MALE DANCE ARTIST (PERFORMER AND/OR CHOREOGRAPHER) ARTIST DAWNS GORAU – GWRYW (PERFFORMIWR A/NEU GOREOGRAFFYDD)

Daisuke Miura, Tir, Ballet Cymru

Gwyn Emberton, TRIPTYCH III, De Oscuro ar a cyd â / in association with / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru Wales Millennium Centre and / a Chapter

Alex Marshall Parsons, Stories from a Crowded Room, Earthfall in partnership with / mewn partneriaeth â Chapter

Alexander Ekman, Tuplet, National Dance Company Wales, Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru

Winner: Gwyn Emberton, TRIPTYCH III, De Oscuro ar a cyd â / in association with / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru Wales Millennium Centre and / a Chapter

QUOTE: Taught, inventive and gripping, emotionally charged choreography and dance

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG – MENYW

Eiry Thomas, The Royal Bed, Theatr Pena, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad The Riverfront / Glan yr afon in association with / ar y cyd â Torch Theatre / Theatr y Torch

Seren Vickers, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Company of Sirens in association with / ar y cyd â Chapter

Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott, Sherman Cymru

Sian Howard, All My Sons, Theatr Clwyd

 

Winner: Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott, Sherman Cymru

Quote: A beautiful angry, heart-breaking portrayal of a feisty victim of austerity

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG – GWRYW

Christian Patterson, Blasted, The Other Room

Lee Haven-Jones, Hamlet, Theatr Clwyd

Gwydion Rhys, To Kill A Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

Gareth John Bale, Grav, Torch Theatre Company / Cwmni’r Torch

 

Winner: Christian Patterson, Blasted, The Other Room

QUOTE: An utterly fearless performance of a challenging role that leaves you reeling

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG – MENYW

Melangell Dolma, Nansi, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Gwenno Elis Hodgkins, Drych, Cwmni’r Frân Wen mewn cydweithrediad â / in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Carys Eleri, Yuri, August O12, co-production with / cydgynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

Catherine Ayers, Y Tŵr, Invertigo Theatre Company

 

Winner: Carys Eleri, Yuri, August O12, co-production with / cydgynhyrchiad gyda Chapter

QUOTE:  An entertaining, hilarious yet entirely relatable. Memorable and provocative.

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG – GWRYW

Dyfan Roberts, Pum Cynnig i Gymro, Theatr Bara Caws

Rhodri Evan, Difa, Theatr Bara Caws

Bryn Fôn, Drych, Cwmni’r Frân Wen, mewn cydweithrediad â / in association with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Steffan Donnelly, Y Tŵr, Invertigo Theatre Company

Winner: Rhodri Evan, Difa, Theatr Bara Caws

QUOTE: An absolute tour de force

 

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE

CYNHYRCHIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG

Y Tŵr, Invertigo Theatre Company

Difa, Theatr Bara Caws

Yuri, August O12, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Chapter Arts Centre / Canolfan y Celfyddydau Chapter

{150}, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru a / and National Theatre Wales mewn cydweithrediad ag / in association with S4C

 

Winner: Difa, Theatr Bara Caws

QUOTE:  This was a perfect combination of elements – casting, special effects, directing and script

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

CYNHYRCHIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG

The Dying of Today, The Other Room

Grav, Torch Theatre Company / Cwmi’r Torch

Hamlet, Theatr Clwyd

To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

 

Winner: The Dying of Today, The Other Room

QUOTE: An energetic and vibrant production

BEST DIRECTOR / CYFARWYDDWR GORAU

Kate Wasserberg, Blasted, The Other Room

Angharad Lee, To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with / cyd-gynhyrchiad gyda Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

Peter Doran, Grav, Torch Theatre Company / Cwmni’r Torch

Mared Swain, A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room

 

Winner: Kate Wasserberg, Blasted, The Other Room

QUOTE: A triumph from this most exciting director, enthralling an audience in an intimate venue

AUDIENCE AWARD/ GWOBR Y GYNULLEIDFA

Grav, Torch Theatre Company/ Cwmni’r Torch

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT/ LLWYDDIANT ARBENNIG

Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis, Earthfall

 

 

 

 

All of the Nominations/Pob Enwebiad:

http://www.walestheatreawards.com/2016/01/20/all-of-the-nominations/

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