Off West End Awards 2021

Published: 21 February 2021
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Offies 2021
OFFIES NEW PLAY. Athena Stevens Scrounger Credit: Nick Rutter
OFFIES IDEA performance. FK Alexander I COULD GO ON SINGING_Over the Rainbow Credit: Jannica Honey
ONCOMM The House of Bernarda Alba, Graeae Royal Exchange Credit: Jonathan Keenan
OFFIES Lighting Macbeth, Tom White, Wiltons Music Hall Credit: Pamela Raith
ONCOMM. Platform Based. Alice, a Virtual Theme Park Creation Theatre

The Offies, the main awards programme for OffWestEnd, celebrated the work of fringe, alternative and independent theatres and artists and named the award winners across a host of categories for work seen during 2020.

As part of the programme, which was streamed free on Scenesaver, messages of support came from revered industry professionals including Brian Blessed, Sharon D Clarke, Dame Judi Dench, Sonia Friedman, Stephen Fry and Michelle Terry.

In response to the theatre material made available online during the extended period of theatre closures, the Offies expanded to include the OnComm, a new award for online shows.

Geoffrey Brown, director of OffWestEnd, said, "what a wonderful night! So exciting to be able to celebrate all that has been happening in 2020, from live theatre through to innovative and imaginative new work online and to recognise the outstanding work of 2020. I am also thrilled that so many individuals from the theatre sector were willing to give their time to send messages of support and congratulations—it just shows the importance of independent, alternative & fringe theatre, whether it is live or online."

The winners are:

ONCOMM

Recorded shows – pre lockdown / minimum edits: The House Of Bernarda Alba, Graeae / Royal Exchange Theatre

Recorded shows – pre lockdown / significant edits: The Encounter, Complicité

Recorded shows – post lockdown / minimum edits: Breathe, Bread & Roses Theatre

Recorded shows – post lockdown / significant edits: Rose, Ginger Quiff Media / Hope Mill Theatre / Julian Stoneman MPSI

Live Streaming: The Poltergeist, Tramp / Southwark Playhouse / Jack Silver

Audio Production: Rockets and Blue Lights, Royal Exchange / BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival

Series: 15 Heroines: The Desert / The Labyrinth / The War, Jermyn Street Theatre

Platform Based: Alice, A Virtual Theme Park, Creation Theatre / Big Telly Theatre

Immersive/Interactive: Viper Squad, Sid Phoenix / CtrlAltRepeat

Innovative:

  • What A Carve Up!, Lawrence Batley Theatre / New Wolsey Theatre / The Barn Theatre
  • Young People 12+: I, Cinna (the poet), Tim Crouch / Unicorn Theatre
  • Children: The Twits, Unicorn Theatre
  • Families: The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington, Sleeping Trees

OffFEST for the Voila Europe Festival: Farewell Concert, K2 Theater / supported by Hungarian Cultural Centre

OneOFFS:

  • Wait for Me, Sam Cassidy & Ainsley Ricketts
  • DreamCatcher, Blue Moon Zoom
  • Traverse 3, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Scenesaver

OFFIES

Design

Lighting: Tom White, Macbeth, Wiltons Music Hall

Set: Patrick Connellan, The Incident Room, New Diorama / Greenwich Theatre

Sound: Yaiza Varona, The Incident Room, New Diorama / Greenwich Theatre

Musicals

Musical Director

  • Joe Bunker, Rags, Park Theatre
  • Jonathan O’Boyle, The Last 5 Years, Southwark Playhouse

Supporting Performance: Dave Willetts, Rags, Park Theatre

Lead Performance: Frances Barber, Musik, Leicester Square Theatre

Production: The Last 5 Years, Aria Entertainment, Southwark Playhouse

Ensemble: Performance: The Canary and The Crow, Arcola

IDEA

Performance: (I Could Go on Singing) Over the Rainbow, Southbank Centre

Production: Sound Cistem, Plaster Cast Theatre / Vault Festival

Plays

New Play (joint winners):

  • Athena Stevens, Scrounger, Finborough
  • Sergio Blanco, The Rage of Narcissus, Pleasance

Performance Piece: Daniel Ward, The Canary and The Crow, Arcola

Supporting Performance: Leigh Quinn, Scrounger, Finborough

Lead Performance: Jessica Rhodes, The Sugar Syndrome, Orange Tree Theatre

Director: Phoebe Barran, Tryst, Chiswick Playhouse