Best Actor (M)
This goes to someone who has been around for quite some time but came into his own in in Ali Pritchard’s Present at Alphabetti, Malcolm Shields in a very challenging role.
Best Actor (F)
Another gong for Alphabetti, this time to Arabella Arnott, another of those ever-reliable NE actors, for her performance in Coracle’s production of Down to Zero.
Last year, he very nearly won but was pipped at the post by Lorne Campbell for his production of The Last Ship, so this year, for his revival of Clear White Light and for his National Theatre of Scotland production of The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, Live Theatre’s Joe Douglas is Best Director.
Most Promising Newcomer
There have been some very promising new writers emerging this year, including Kema Sikazwe, writer of our best solo show, Cameron Sharp and Jake Jarratt who co-authored Wank Buddies at Live and Jarratt on his own with Blokes, Fellas, Geezers which toured around the region and to Harrogate and Sheffield, but for me the real find of the year was Elijah Young whose Isolation for the Customs House really impressed me for its imaginative sensitivity and its balance of humour and pathos (most impressive in a 21-year-old), so Elijah Young it is.