Our members have spoken! The winners of the Backstage Pass Awards for the 2012-13 season were announced at their informal Summer Party on Tuesday 23 July.
The Kite Runner sweeps up
The theatre has enjoyed an unbroken series of critical and Box Office hits this year, but the biggest winner on the night was Giles Croft’s European premiere production of The Kite Runner.
Not only was the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s much-loved novel book voted Best Production, it scooped a further six awards. Giles Croft, won Best Direction. Barney George was garlanded for Best Set Design; Charles Balfour the Best Lighting Design; and Jonathan Girling (Composer) and Drew Baumohl (Sound Designer) shared an award for the best Music & Sound.
The Kite Runner also triumphed in the acting awards, where no fewer than six of its cast were on the list of nominees. In the men’s categories Ben Turner was crowned Best Leading Actor as the central character Amir, and Nicholas Karimi named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Amir’s nemesis Assef.
Wilde women carried the day in the female categories, with The Importance of Being Earnest producing both winners: Best Supporting Actress Claire Storey, who played Miss Prism, and Best Actress Joanna Brookes as Lady Bracknell. The other actor to appear as Lady Bracknell at the Playhouse this past year, John Elkington, was voted Most Versatile Performer in a season where he also played Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest, George in Of Mice and Men and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.
Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood was also recognised for Best Costumes, making pantomime designer Tim Meacock the first three-time Backstage Pass Award-winner. A new award for Best Piece of New Writing, meanwhile, went to William Ivory for fashioning David McVay’s memoirs of 1970s life at Notts County into Diary of a Football Nobody.
The year’s visiting shows were also acknowledged, with Phoenix Dance Company winning Best Dance Performance, Daniel Kitson the Best Comedy Gig, Maria Friedman the Best Music Gig, and Pilot Theatre/York Theatre Royal lifting Best Visiting Drama with The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
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