After winning the Peter Brook Equity Ensemble Award in 2009 we were honoured to be nominated in the category again this year. Rebecca and I went to the ceremony at the National Theatre Studios, joined by theatre makers from The National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic to Brighton based collective dreamthinkspeak, who won the Equity Ensemble Award this year, and the tiny unsubsidised Finborough Theatre in Earls Court, which won the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2010.
Presided over by the glamorous and dedicated Blanche Marvin and her panel of judges, the ceremony was a celebration of arts in the face of diversity, with the clear message that we must continue to fight and make theatre of the highest standards. Peter Brooks’ extended arm reached us across the channel from Paris, where he spoke of the funding cuts and the ever greater need for artistic collaboration and allegiances.
It was a delight to hear Peter Wilson, veteran theatre producer and current Chief Executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, announce that he had enjoyed Requardt and Rosenberg’s Electric Hotel at the Norfolk and Norwich festival. We also received warm praise for Sound&Fury’s Kursk, and its transformation from the Edinburgh run at the 2009 Fringe to its national tour.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners – we look forward to collaborating with them in the future. And thank you to Blanche and Peter for their continued commitment.