As the second-annual Also Recognised Awards conclude, here are a few words, and many thanks, from the awards organisers – and an invitation to you to help us decide what else should be recognised in 2017.
Our collective congratulations once again from we four – and all the other Mates – to all nominees and winners. And our collective thanks to Chloe Nelkin and Tilly Wilson at Chloe Nelkin Consulting and Tim Jarmain-Groves at Graphic Design London for helping us coordinate and promote these awards and, of course, to all the voters who took part. Also, thanks to Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews for letting Mark and Terri talk all things awards again this year on The Curtain Up Show on Resonance FM (picture above care of David Ovenden).
Please share the results and help us spread the word about these winners and nominees by sharing the results on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you can! On Twitter, be sure to mention @MyTheatreMates and the #AlsoRecognised Awards so we can see and retweet you.
“The idea for the Also Recognised Awards was born last year when Mark and I became alarmed at the dropping of various categories in the WhatsOnStage Awards, categories that we had created when we inaugurated those very awards back in 2000.
“We felt then, as we feel now, that these categories – including the likes of Best Ensemble Performance – were important and should be rescued. At the same time, it felt like an ideal opportunity to establish new categories to celebrate work not normally recognised in our industry.
“We are delighted that others have embraced that concept. We have introduced categories relating to marketing disciplines – for Best Show Poster, Show Trailer and Twitter Engagement – and, with Mike Dixon and Andrew Keates, established the UK’s first-ever prize for Musical Direction. This year, with input from our increased stable of Mates contributors, we introduced Best Musical Cabaret to the Also Recognised Awards.
“And we don’t want to stop there. If there are other disciplines you feel should be recognised by audiences, and can help us determine the best way to judge those, let us know. You never know: yours may be the new category in the 2017 Also Recognised Awards.”
“London theatre has a lot of awards ceremonies, but they invariably acknowledge and reward the same suspects – Best Plays and Musicals, and those that create them or sail in them! What the #AlsoRecognised Awards uniquely do is honour some of those whose work isn’t traditionally recognised (though it should be). I am proud to be part of making this happen, not just in my reviews but also now in an awards-giving.”
“Without doubt, we need these awards to push into the mainstream the need for #CreativeTeamParity. After the Oliviers’ razzmatazz, we now have the Also Recognised Awards to help to push those boundaries. Major congrats to all nominees and winners.”
“These past few days my social media timelines have been awash with talented artists clutching various awards for their brilliance. I hope these overlooked category winners can be just as proud of their achievements being awarded as part of the Also Recognised Awards too.”
What's should be Also Recognised in 201&?
Email us with your suggestions with details about who you are, how you think your talent or discipline is best judged by an audience vote, and how you can help in shortlisting and promoting the award. We look forward to hearing from you!Submit your #AlsoRecognised suggestion