Did you catch this year's Wales Theatre Awards on 30th January? The Awards are organised by arts journalists in Wales to celebrate excellence in theatre, opera and dance, and to acknowledge the role of reviewers in the both the creative process and audience development. We're delighted to see so many former NYTW members and NYAW Associates both nominated and taking the prize (if we've missed anyone – sincere apologies and please get in touch!)
Congratulations to all!
Alun Saunders (NYTW member and NYAW Associate) Winner in Best Playwright in the English Language for A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room
Christian Patterson (NYAW Associate) Winner in Best Male Performance in the English Language for Blasted, The Other Room
Grav (with former NYTW members Gareth Bale as 'Grav' and Peter Doran, Director) Winner of Audience Award
Ceri James (NYAW Associate) Nominated in Best Lighting for Beneath the Streets: Lost and Found, Hijinx & Punchdrunk Enrichment
Ruth Hall (NYAW Associate) Nominated with Max Jones in Best Design and/or Costume for Y Fenyw Ddaeth o'r Môr, Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru
Eiry Thomas (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the English Language for The Royal Bed, Theatr Pena, co-production with The Riverfront in association with Torch Theatre
Seren Vickers (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the English Language for Dark Vanilla Jungle, Company of Sirens in association with Chapter
Gareth John Bale (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Male Performance in the English Language for Grav, Torch Theatre Company
Catherine Ayres (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Female Performance in the Welsh Language for Y Tŵr, Invertigo Theatre Company
Steffan Donnelly (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Male Performance in the Welsh Language for Y Twr, Invertigo Theatre Company
Angharad Lee (NYAW Associate) Nominated in Best Director for To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions, co-production with Cwmni Theatre Arad Goch
Peter Doran (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Director for Grav, Torch Theatre Company
Mared Swain (NYTW member) Nominated in Best Director for A Good Clean Heart, The Other Room
NYTW Alumni - Morfydd Clark
Since joining the National Youth of Theatre Wales at 16, former member, Morfydd Clark, has continued to take the acting world by storm.
Following a number of roles in TV, film and theatre, she is currently playing 'Cecile' in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the West End's Donmar Warehouse. Having received first-class reviews, the play closes this weekend – but fear not – you can catch Morfydd playing Georgiana alongside a stellar cast in the long-awaited film Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, released in cinemas this February.
She also recently finished shooting a leading role in Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Read What's On Stage's recent interview with the 'Rising Star' here, where the actress doesn't fail to mention where it all started, here at NYTW!
Challenge 150 for NYOW in it's 50th year*
In 2016 we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the world's very first national youth orchestra – the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYOW).