News: Offies finalists announced #Offies2018

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The Offies 2018 finalists were announced live on Twitter and Facebook today by OffWestEnd panel judge and critic for The Stage, Mark Shenton.

In 2017, Offies assessors saw more than 190 shows at around 60 venues across London, and put forward over 350 nominations.

The Offies panel has whittled these nominations down to the best three or four across 29 categories. Over 80 finalists have been selected, representing shows at over 30 off West End venues.

The Off West End Theatre Awards (The Offies) celebrate the best of each year’s productions, performances and creatives.

Theatres of all shapes and sizes were among the finalists, from the Arcola in the north, to the recently renovated White Bear Theatre inside a pub in the south; from the Theatre Royal Stratford in the east to the Finborough, in the west – all had work shortlisted for these awards.

For the last three years The Offies has produced a Twitter cyber ceremony, (with cyber hosts/presenters Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and David Morrissey to name a few).

In the eighth year of the awards, the live ceremony will return, with The Offies 2018 being held on 4 March at The Albany, Deptford. 

Guests will include presenters Katie Brayben, Robin Soans, Louise Jameson, Linda Marlowe and choreographer Stephen Mear.

The Offies 2018 will also be broadcast live on digital television for the first time via London Live.

List of finalists:

PLAYS:
Female in a Play:
Charlotte Gray – The Revlon Girl at the Park Theatre
Katherine Pearce – Low Level Panic at the Orange Tree Theatre
Lucy Robinson – Late Company at the Finborough Theatre
Mimi Ndiweni – The Convert at the Gate Theatre

Male in a Play:
Ben Aldridge – Run the Beast Down at the Finborough Theatre
Ian McDiarmid – What Shadows at the Park Theatre
Ken Nwosu – An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre
Patrick Sandford – Groomed at the Soho Theatre

Supporting Female in a Play:
Jo Martin – Doubt: A Parable at the Southwark Playhouse
Molly Hanson – Posh at the Pleasance Theatre
Sinead Matthews – Loot at the Park Theatre
Vivian Oparah – An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre

Supporting Male in a Play:
Danny-Boy Hatchard – Eyes Closed, Ears Covered at the Bunker
Jonathan Blaydon – Lord Dismiss Us at Above the Stag
Tom Rhys Harries – The Pitchfork Disney at the Shoreditch Town Hall
Will Pinchin – Frankenstein at Jack Studio

New Play:
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins – An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre
David Ireland – The End Of Hope at the Soho Theatre
Neil Anthony Docking – The Revlon Girl at the Park Theatre
Roland Schimmelpfenning (translated by David Tushingham) – Winter Solstice at the Orange Tree Theatre

Most Promising New Playwright:
Alex Gwyther – Eyes Closed, Ears Covered at the Bunker
Katie Bonna – All The Things I Lied About at the Soho Theatre
Natasha Marshall – Half Breed at the Soho Theatre
Stephen Unwin – All Our Children at the Jermyn Street Theatre

Director:
Audrey Sheffield – The Dark Room at the Theatre503
Josette Bushell-Mingo – The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
Ned Bennett – An Octoroon / Orange Tree Theatre
Ramin Gray – Winter Solstice / Orange Tree Theatre

Ensemble:
Bucket List
at the Battersea Arts Centre
Home Truths at the Bunker
The Gap in the Light at the New Diorama

Production:
An Octoroon at the Orange Tree Theatre
Contractions at the New Diorama
The Revlon Girl at the Park Theatre
Trouble in Mind at the Print Room

MUSICALS & OPERA:
Female in a Musical:
Daisy Maywood – Promises, Promises at the Southwark Playhouse
Sophia Mackay – The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
T’Shan Williams – The Life at the Southwark Playhouse

Supporting Female in a Musical:
Alex Young – Promises, Promises at the Southwark Playhouse
Sarah-Louise Young – Yank! at the Charing Cross Theatre
Sharon D. Clarke – The Life at the Southwark Playhouse

Male in a Musical:
Gabriel Vick – Promises, Promises at the Southwark Playhouse
Joshua Lay – Top Hat at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Michael Rouse – Superhero at the Southwark Playhouse
Peter Polycarpou – Working at the Southwark Playhouse

Supporting Male in a Musical:
Cornell S. John – The Life at the Southwark Playhouse
Greg Castiglioni – The Woman in White at the Charing Cross Theatre
Jordan Shaw – Tick, Tick… Boom! at the Park Theatre

Musical Director:
Dean Austin – Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Gareth Bretherton – Hair at the Vaults
Simon Holt – The Woman in White at the Charing Cross Theatre

Musical Production:
Hair
at the Vaults
The Life at the Southwark Playhouse
Working at the Southwark Playhouse

New Musical:
Death Takes a Holiday
at the Charing Cross Theatre
My Land’s Shore at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre
Superhero at the Southwark Playhouse
The Life at the Southwark Playhouse

Opera Production:
Cosi Fan Tutte
– Baseless Fabric Theatre at the Morden Civic Centre
L’Incoronazione Di Poppea – Hampstead Garden Opera at the Jackson’s Lane
Tosca – King’s Head Theatre

CREATIVE & DESIGN:
Choreographer:
Charlotte Tooth – The Hired Man at the Union Theatre
Chris Whittaker – Top Hat at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Joanne McShane – Salad Days at the Union Theatre
William Whelton – Hair at the Vaults

Costume Design:
Adrin Erra Puente – White Fang at the Park Theatre
Jonathan Lipman – Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre
Mike Lees – The Tailor Made Man at the White Bear Theatre

Lighting Design:
Ben Jacobs – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase / Jack Studio
David Plater (lighting) & Andzrej Goulding (video) – Room at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
Norvydals Genys – Eyes Closed, Ears Covered at the Bunker
Zoe Spurr – Phoenix Rising at the Car Park, Smithfield Meat Market

Set Design:
Lily Arnold – Room at the Theatre Royal Stratford East
Max Dorey – Talk Radio at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Rosanna Vize – Low Level Panic at the Orange Tree Theatre

Sound Design:
George Dennis – Guards at the Taj at the Bush Theatre
Juan Coolio – White Fang at the Park Theatre
Max and Ben Ringham and George Dennis – Killer at the Shoreditch Town Hall

SPECIAL AWARDS:
TBC Award:
Joan at the Ovalhouse
The Last Straw at the Ovalhouse
Christopher Green Prurience at the Southbank Centre
Lucy McCormack Triple Threat at the Soho Theatre

The following awards will be announced in early February 2018: Production for Young People under 7, Production for Young People 8-12 and Production for Young People 13-plus.

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