NEWS: OffWestEnd announces 47 finalists for its Offies Awards 2021

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Though theatre was devastated by the Covid pandemic in 2020, OffWestEnd believed there was enough high-quality live shows receiving Offies nominations before lockdown, and between lockdowns, to enable the judging panel to select 47 finalists across 16 of the 28 Offies Awards categories. A list of the finalists can be found below and the winners will be announced during an online ceremony on 21 February 2021.

The Offies recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent, fringe and alternative theatres across London, helping to raise their profiles and rewarding the new talent that they nurture, which is essential for the future of the theatre industry.

The finalists include plays Scrounger at the Finborough and The Sugar Syndrome at the Orange Tree Theatre; musicals Rags at the Park Theatre and The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse; and shows under the IDEA category which covers Innovative, Devised, Experiential & Atypical work.

Amongst the individual finalists are Frances Barber for Musik at Leicester Square Theatre, and Sam Crane for The Rage of Narcissus at the Pleasance. Venues covered also include Battersea Arts Centre, The Old Red Lion, Roundhouse, Soho Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall and the new (outdoor) Garden Theatre at the Eagle.

OffWestEnd director Geoffrey Brown said:

“In spite of live theatre being closed for most of 2020, there were still some fantastic shows at the start of the year, and between lockdowns, and OffWestEnd is delighted that we are able to recognise and celebrate the best of this work.”

Next week, OffWestEnd will also announce the finalists for its new OnComm Awards for online shows – OffWestEnd’s new award introduced to respond to all the online shows that emerged during the Covid lockdown. A further 40 OnComm finalists are expected across at least 10 categories.

The next Offies Awards event, where Offies and OnComm winners will be announced, along with some special awards, will be held online on 21 February and will be broadcast free to all from the Scenesaver platform.

List Of Finalists

Design

Design: Lighting

Malcolm Rippeth / Afterplay / Coronet Theatre
Tom White / Macbeth / Wilton’s Music Hall
Jamie Platt / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse

Design: Set

Lucy Osborne / Afterplay / Coronet Theatre
Casey Jay Andrews / Lockdown Town
Patrick Connellan / The Incident Room / New Diorama with Greenwich Theatre

Design: Sound

Max Pappenheim / Sunnymead Court / Tristan Bates Theatre
Yaiza Varona / The Incident Room / New Diorama with Greenwich Theatre
Neil Bettles / Petrichor / Theatre Royal Stratford East

Plays / Musicals / IDEA

Ensemble: Performance

Joanne Clifton, Dan Krikler, Harry Francis, Tanisha Mae-Brown, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Ryan Anderson / Pippin / Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Rachel Barnes, Laurie Jamieson, Nigel Taylor, Daniel Ward / The Canary and The Crow / Arcola
Stephanie Booth and Hannah Livingstone / We Were Having A Perfectly Nice Time / Omnibus Theatre

IDEA Performance

FK Alexander / I Could Go on Singing / Southbank Centre
Lucy McCormick / Post Popular / Soho Theatre, Johnson & Mackay and United Agents
Abraão Kimberley, Pedro Verissimo and 13 others / When It Breaks It Burns / Battersea Arts Centre

IDEA Production

I Could Go on Singing / Southbank Centre
The Lost Hours / Vault Festival
Sound Cistem / Plaster Cast Theatre / Vault Festival

Musicals

Musicals: Director

Bronagh Lagan / Rags / Park Theatre
Jonathan O’Boyle / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse

Musicals: Lead Performance

Frances Barber / Musik / Leicester Square Theatre
Carolyn Maitland / Rags / Park Theatre
Molly Lynch / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse
Oli Higginson / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse

Musicals: Musical Director

Michael Bradley / Pippin / Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Joe Bunker / Rags / Park Theatre
George Dyer / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse

Musicals: Production

LAMBCO Productions / Pippin / Garden Theatre at the Eagle
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment / Rags / Park Theatre
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment / The Last Five Years / Southwark Playhouse

Musicals: Supporting Performance

Beaux Harris / Blitz! / Union Theatre
Rachel Izen / Rags / Park Theatre
Dave Willetts / Rags / Park Theatre

Plays

Plays: Director

Jim Pope / Can I Help You? / Omnibus Theatre
Lily McLeish / Scrounger / Finborough
Phoebe Barran / Tryst / Chiswick Playhouse
Evan Lordan / We Were Having A Perfectly Nice Time / Omnibus Theatre

Plays: Lead Performance

James Demaine / Nuclear War | Buried | Graceland / Old Red Lion
Sam Crane / The Rage of Narcissus / Pleasance
Jessica Rhodes / The Sugar Syndrome / Orange Tree Theatre

Plays: New Play

Athena Stevens / Scrounger / Finborough
Sergio Blanco / The Rage of Narcissus / Pleasance
Sam Steiner / You Stupid Darkness! / Southwark Playhouse

Plays: Performance Piece

Lucy McCormick / Post Popular / Soho Theatre
Miguel Hernando Torres Umba / Stardust / Roundhouse
Daniel Ward / The Canary and The Crow / Arcola

Plays: Supporting Performance

Leigh Quinn / Scrounger / Finborough
Ali Barouti / The Sugar Syndrome / Orange Tree Theatre
John Hollingworth / The Sugar Syndrome / Orange Tree Theatre

The following categories are not going forward for 2021 awards as there were insufficient nominations due to theatre closures arising from Covid-19 lockdowns:

  • Design: Costume
  • Design: Video
  • Choreography
  • Company Ensemble
  • Musicals: New Musical
  • Opera
  • Panto
  • Plays: Most Promising New Playwright
  • Plays: Production
  • Theatre for Young People: Production (0-7)
  • Theatre for Young People: Production (13+)
  • Theatre for Young People: Production (8+)
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