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You are invited to the Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble award

13 October 2011

Equity members are invited to the presentation of the Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award on Tuesday 1 November 2011 from 11am to 2 pm at the National Theatre Studio.

Nominees for Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award are:

1. Grimeborn Opera Season is an ensemble at the Arcola Theatre of administrators, co-ordinators, musical experts and collators who search, select, and administer the new or rarely performed operas by the opera companies as well as the artistic and technical talent for their opera season. They have grown from year to year in their programming with rave notices.

2. Okai Collier Company is an extremely versatile ensemble company who will produce Speakeasy, a musical highlighting the subversive nightclubs of Prohibition at the Union Theatre. It has a political as well as romantic plot just as dominant as their brilliant production of The Remains of the Day which was performed at the Union Theatre. They are a highly skilled ensemble working together for years and doing such superb work in their musicals which they create.

3. Trestle in association with Blindeye is a touring ensemble company. The Man with the Luggage is the production directed by Oliver Jones of Blindeye with Trestle presenting. It is centred on a man striving to return home, in search of the past, hopeful of his future, and longing for those he left behind. He finds his path blocked, his identity lost with his luggage. Will he ever reach home?  As a well known ensemble of actors who concentrate on more physical theatre, they strive for quality material.

4. Faction Theatre Company is an ensemble of actors, directors, and designers producing The Robbers by Schiller at the New Diorama. They create their own style in their interpretation of the classics. They do adapt the plays and hold certain values of style as a company that are exemplary. New Diorama would like to be able to support this company at their theatre on a sustained basis.

 Also to be presented at the same event is the Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award. Nominees are:

1. Outward Bound at the Finborough Theatre from Oracle Theatre Company who have done beautiful work at the Finborough with Louise Hill (Quality Street & What Every Woman Knows) directing. It is a classic play about 7 people who meet in the bar of a ship sailing into strange waters. The Finborough is not ACE funded and yet have within their tight budget and space produced some of the best theatre in London.

2. Bunnies at the Bike Shed Theatre is a studio theatre in Exeter who focuses on social issues pertaining to their local and to semi-rural life. This play concerns a farmer’s radical attempt to restore his land to its former glory and the varied reactions of his children (he calls bunnies).  Bike Shed has persevered in sustaining a theatre and associating itself with various companies serving the needs of its region in the South West. It maintains a quality of standard with little subsidy.

3. OperaUpClose at the King’s Head Theatre has sustained a great series of operas and has broken ground in producing opera in a unique environment which is attracting new audiences, showcasing and developing young opera singers while offering affordable tickets. This whole new approach of opening doors to opera and its young talent is an enormous step in which OperaUpClose should be supported. Their reviews have been glorious, their budgets modest, their survival by raising funds with little ACE grants.  

The panel of judges for both awards  is: Peter Wilson, West End producer; Thelma Holt,  West End Producer + former head of ACE drama panel; Purni Morell, head of the National Theatre Studio; and Blanche Marvin, critic/publisher of London Theatre Views (LTR).

RSVP: Vanessa Eyles Tel: 0207 942 2723 Email: v.eyles@vam.ac.uk

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