Theatres scoop awards

Sheffield Theatres production of'THIS IS MY FAMILY'by Tim Firth'Directed by Daniel Evans'Sian Phillips (May) & Evelyn Hoskins (Nicky), t in This Is My Family at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield.
Sheffield Theatres production of'THIS IS MY FAMILY'by Tim Firth'Directed by Daniel Evans'Sian Phillips (May) & Evelyn Hoskins (Nicky), t in This Is My Family at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield.

Sheffield Theatres emerged as the major winners at this year’s UK Theatre Awards announced on Sunday, triumphing in four categories: Best New Play, Best Supporting Performance, Best Musical Production and Best Touring Production.

The musical award went to This Is My Family (pictured), directed in the Crucible Studio in July by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans in which Siân Phillips won Best Supporting Performance for her role as May.

Also directed by Daniel Evans, The Full Monty won the touring production, and Bull, written by Mike Bartlett, was judged Best New Play.

Evans, attended the glittering ceremony at the Guildhall in London, said: “I am thrilled and overwhelmed by our success at the UK Theatre Awards this year. It is wonderful to have received so many nominations. To win in every category is a testament to the hard work of the whole team at Sheffield Theatres. These awards represent a triumph for our commitment to staging new work and I’m so proud that we can share this success with three brilliant writers – Tim Firth, Mike Bartlett and Simon Beaufoy – and every cast member and creative team member over the last year.”

Leeds-based Northern Ballet, who will be back at the Lyceum with A Christmas Carol from November 5-9. won the achievement in marketing category. The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

After taking 18 months off to write his autobiography comic John Bishop (pictured) is limbering up for a new arena tour, Supersonic, which will be zooming into the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield for two nights, November 21-22 next year.

Tickets at £31.50 in person from the arena box office or £33 online will go on general sale at 9am today, Thursday October 24.

Four contemporary artists who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University this year are being given a helping hand in getting their careers off the ground, thanks to a studio bursary scheme.

Fine art graduates Laura Twigg, Kristian Barnes, Ashley Holmes and Mark Riddington were awarded free studio space at S1 Artspace, through the S1 Studio Bursary programme. They will benefit from six months of subsidised professional studio space, mentoring from practising artists and the opportunity to show off their work at an exhibition.

Senior lecturer in fine art at the University, Mark Purcell, said: “The support offered by this scheme has been incredibly important in developing the careers of many young artists. It is also helping to keep talented young artists in the city, and give them somewhere to grow, and to exhibit professionally.

Louise Hutchinson, artistic director of S1 Artspace, said: “This year’s S1 Studio Bursary holders have already made a great contribution to our network of artists, and to our annual programme of exhibitions.”