The nominations are in!
2016 was a big year here at the Octagon, and the hard work and talent of the cast, creatives, young people, and staff who have helped bring theatre to life have not gone unnoticed. The Manchester Theatre Award nominations 2017 have been confirmed and a whole range of productions and actors are now in the running to win an MTA.
For his role as Atticus Finch, the moral heart of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Rob Edwards has been nominated for Best Actor.
Sticking with To Kill a Mockingbird, Marc Small has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Tom Robinson.
Natalie Grady's performance in Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis sees her nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Amy Nuttall's powerful performance as Hermione in The Winter's Tale has earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
For the Best Newcomer award, we have two entries. Daisy Badger, who played Helena in Look Back in Anger, a co-production with Derby Theatre (who we are working with again this year for Educating Rita) and the young Scout cast, Lucy and Jasmine, in To Kill a Mockingbird.
The Secret Garden, our production that saw 80 young people and 4 professional actors bring to life Frances Hodgson Burnett's heart-warming story, has been nominated for the Youth Panel Award.
It is Singin' in the Rain, our co-production with Salisbury Playhouse and the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle under Lyme which was designed by Ciaran Baganall, that has received the most nominations under the categories of Best Musical, Best Design, and Best Ensemble. Ciaran has also designed the set for Educating Rita.
We're extremely proud and excited about the nominations and we want to thank all the audience members who come and share in these stories and productions with us. They can't happen without you!
Our Chief Executive Roddy Gauld sums is up best: "We are delighted to be nominated for the Manchester Theatre Awards. Over the past 12 months our actors, staff, creative teams, young people, and Elizabeth, our Artistic Director, have given huge amounts of passion and extraordinary talent to create brilliant, engaging theatre. Being nominated for the awards is a massive credit to the work of everyone here at the Octagon, and the directors and cast members who bring our productions to life. We’re really looking forward to the ceremony, and celebrating with the other talented companies and theatres in the region.”
To see all of the award categories and nominations, visit the Manchester Theatre Award website.