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Culture Awards 2019 winners

Published: 24 May 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The winners of the Journal and the Gazette Culture Awards, held this year in association with Middlesbrough Council, were announced at the presentation night on 23 May 2019 at the refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Those of theatre interest are:

Arts Council Award

Southpaw Dance Company: Robby Graham’s dance company’s devised community theatre show Erimus reopened Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Best Arts & Business Partnership

Unfolding Theatre and xsite architecture: For a partnership that has enabled the theatre company to take up residence and earn a large sum in match funding.

Best Event: Tees Valley

Erimus : a community theatre performance devised by Southpaw Dance Company to reopen Middlesbrough Town Hall after refurbishment.

Performance of the Year

Don’t Forget the Birds, Live Theatre: mother and daughter Cheryl and Abigail Byron played themselves in a play based on their testimonies when Cheryl was an inmate at HMP Low Newton.

Performing Artist of the Year

Brian Lonsdale and Bryony Corrigan: Tom and Amy in My Romantic History at Live Theatre.

Writer of the Year

Laura Lindow: she adapted The War of the Worlds for Northern Stage and wrote the play Woven Bones for Cap-a-Pie theatre company (at Alphabetti).