The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners

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The Wales Theatre Awards 2018 ceremony took place at the Riverfront in Newport on Saturday 27th January.  The awards show, celebrating the best of opera, theatre and dance, created and performed in Wales, was presented by HTV legends Arfon Haines Davies and Nicola Heywood Thomas.




, The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners



The show opened with a  scene from Ballet Cymru’s timeless interpretation of A Child’s Christmas in Wales with music (and narration) by Cerys Matthews and Mason Neely which left the audience memorised and looking forward to watching the finished show this autumn.


On with the awards and a total of 563 nominations were made for 80 companies, 141 shows and 239 individual artists by critics throughout Wales.    


” Wales Theatre Awards are a celebration of what we in Wales create, the people who devote their time to the performance and also the reviewers who share that enthusiasm and passion with audiences, give critical feedback and maybe just occasionally keep some egos in place.” 


Mike Smith, Director Wales Theatre Awards and Wales Critic Fund


, The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners



To mark the centenary of the final year of the First World War Sion Emyr recited Hedd Wyn’s poignant poem Rhyfel (War). Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known under his bardic name Hedd Wyn, was killed during the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. 


, The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners



Part 2 of the awards ceremony was opened by Daniel Llewellyn-Williams performing an extract from A Regular Little Houdini.  Newport born Daniel later went on to win the Wales and the World award for the aforementioned  solo show.  It’s great to see Welsh theatre being shown around the world.


, The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners



The final award of the evening was presented by actor, writer and director Simon Harris.

, The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners


He handed over the Special Achievement award to Godfrey Evans, a former drama teacher who has helped shaped generations of actors through the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, which he established.

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, who was a pupil under Mr Evans, said in tribute to him: 

“I owe not just my career to Godfrey Evans but also, and most importantly, my belief in what can be achieved when a community works together with common purpose.  He has changed the lives of generations of young people, and brought possibility and greater opportunity to literally thousands of us. I will never be able to thank him enough or express fully how much I, and countless others, owe to him.”

In receiving his award, he said: “I am so grateful to the young people that I have been so lucky and so privileged to have worked with over the years.

“I am so grateful for your joy, for your ambition, for your humour, for your patience, for your energy, all are qualities which enrich theatre and the communities in which they work.”


There was some controversy ahead of the Welsh Theatre Awards.  National Theatre Wales pulled out of the ceremony due to an open letter criticising the awards due to the shortlist  “includ(ing) multiple nominations for shows which include white actors playing non-white roles.”  It’s important to keep encouraging and campaigning for diversity throughout the arts and the Wales Critics Fund does it’s best to diversify the “critical writing” side of theatre by giving a voice to people who do not normally get to share their views and reactions on performances.  The statutory funding bodies, theatre companies and theatres have more influence over the shows and casts that we see on stage to nominate for the awards ceremonies.


Brexit, Harvey Weinstein allegations and diversity were referenced by award winners.  But, the overall feeling of the night was optimism and a time to make a change, work together and to keep making  great theatre in Wales that is inclusive for all.  Godfrey Evans received a well deserved standing ovation as he made the important reminder that “access to the arts is a right and not a privilege“.


Scroll down for the full list of awards and winners:


The Wales Theatre Awards 2018

Y Gwobrau Theatr Cymru 2018

WINNERS


DYLUNIO A / NEU GWISGOEDD GORAU

BEST DESIGN AND / OR COSTUME


Buddug James Jones & Anneliese Mowbray

Gwledd Gwyddno / The Sea King’s Feast

Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch



CYFARWYDDWR GORAU

BEST DIRECTOR


Tamara Harvey

Uncle Vanya

Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres



GOLEUO GORAU

BEST LIGHTING


Joe Fletcher,

Macbeth

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru


SAIN GORAU

BEST SOUND


Lucy Rivers

Sinners Club

Gagglebabble

Theatr Clwyd & The Other Room


ENSEMBLE GORAU

BEST ENSEMBLE


Tiger Bay

Wales Millennium Centre / Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru

  

COREOGRAFFYDD GORAU

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER


Marcos Morau

Tundra

National Dance Company Wales / Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru



ARTIST DAWNS GORAU – MENYW

BEST FEMALE DANCE ARTIST


Anna Pujol

The Light Princess

Ballet Cymru, Catrin Finch & The Riverfront / Glan yr Afon



ARTIST DAWNS GORAU – GWRYW

BEST MALE DANCE ARTIST


Ed Myhill

Animatorium

National Dance Company Wales / Cwmni Dawns Cenedlaethol Cymru



CYNHYRCHIAD DAWNS GORAU

BEST DANCE PRODUCTION


Shadow Aspect

Ballet Cymru



CYNHYRCHIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE


Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd

Opra Cymru



PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG – GWRYW

BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE – MALE


Richard Lynch

Macbeth

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru



PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG – MENYW

BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE – FEMALE


Caryl Morgan

Yfory

Theatr Bara Caws



PERFFORMIAD GORAU MEWN CYNHYRCHIAD OPERA – GWRYW

BEST MALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION


Simon Bailey

From the House of the Dead

Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru



CYNHYRCHIAD OPERA GORAU

BEST OPERA PRODUCTION

Le Vin herbé

Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru



PERFFORMIAD GORAU MEWN CYNHYRCHIAD OPERA – MENYWBEST FEMALE IN AN OPERA PRODUCTION


Natalya Romaniw

Eugene Onegin

Welsh National Opera / Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru



CYNHYRCHIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG

BEST PRODUCTION IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Uncle Vanya

Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres



PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG – MENYW

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Rosie Sheehy

Uncle Vanya

Theatr Clwyd & Sheffield Theatres



PERFFORMIAD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG – GWRYW

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Sion Daniel Young

Killology

Sherman Theatre / Theatr y Sherman & Royal Court Theatre



DRAMODYDD GORAU YN YR IAITH SAESNEG

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Gary Owen

Killology, Sherman Theatre / Theatr y Sherman & Royal Court Theatre


DRAMODYDD GORAU YN YR IAITH GYMRAEG

BEST PLAYWRIGHT IN THE WELSH LANGUAGE


Siôn Eirian

Yfory

Theatr Bara Caws


CYNHYRCHIAD TEITHIOL GORAU (GYMRAEG)

BEST TOURING PRODUCTION (WELSH)


Sieiloc,

Rhodri Miles


CYNHYRCHIAD TEITHIOL GORAU (SAESNEG)

BEST TOURING PRODUCTION (ENGLISH)


How To Win Against History

Àine Flanagan Productions, Seiriol Davies & y / the Young Vic



Y SIOE ORAU AR GYFER PLANT A PHOBOL IFANC (GYMRAEG)

BEST SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (WELSH)


Mwgsi,

Cwmni’r Frân Wen



Y SIOE ORAU AR GYFER PLANT A PHOBOL IFANC (SAESNEG)

BEST SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (ENGLISH)


Eye of the Storm

Theatr na nÓg



CYMRU A’R BYD

WALES AND THE WORLD


Daniel Llewelyn-Williams

A Regular Little Houdini


LLWYDDIANT ARBENNIG

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT


Godfrey Evans

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1 Comment

  1. , The Wales Theatre Awards 2018- Winners
    Margaret Gallagher
    February 10, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Lots of names i recognise – inspiring the next generation

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