Being a Monday, the start of a new week I don’t think it could have been a better time for a revolution. Not just any revolution, a Theatre Awards revolution.
The renowned Theatre critics Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock have come together as a theatrical powerhouse and created the Also Recognised Awards. These Awards will acknowledge the wealth of lesser-know talent that is overlooked by other theatrical awards and are audience-voted. There are ten categories in total, with six being ones that were unfortunately omitted by WhatsOnStage Awards. Paddock having founded the WhatsOnStage awards in 2001 with a close involvement from Shenton, it only seems fitting that the pair have resurrected these very important and relevant accolades after her 2013 departure :
- Best Ensemble Performance
- Best Solo Performance
- Best Shakespearean Production
- Best Original Music
- London Newcomer of the Year
- Theatre Event of the Year
Three new categories are as follows:
- Best Show Poster
- Best Show Trailer
- Best Twitter Engagement
There is a new award category, one that is a first for the UK, this is the award for Musical Direction. The shortlist for this award was created with the help of musical director Mike Dixon and director Andrew Keates, who felt passionately about this award coming in to effect, after years of campaigning for other awarding bodies to give credit to Musical Direction.
The list of full nominees and how to vote can be found at http://www.MyTheatreMates.com a new digital venture founded by Shenton and Paddock. Voting opened today and closes on the 17th April 2015