Underdog attended the first ever The Stage Debut Awards 2017; the red carpet rolled, cameras poised and nominees primed for an evening to celebrate the new faces of British Theatre. The beaming smiles and giddy energy of the red carpet newbies is infectious, with all nominees receiving a much deserved congratulations on their theatrical unveiling. This awards evening, unlike others, celebrates the young artists who have so admirably gained recognition in such a difficult and often impenetrable industry. So what better way to inspire young performers everywhere than heralding those who have bucked that trend and performed exceptionally.
What we find in all the nominees is a humbleness and reverence of their fellow nominees and cast. There are no pollution's of fame or success, translating to a warmth and excitement that makes these actors shine. Several are fresh from training such as Abraham Popoola, Miriam-Teak Lee and Grace Molony all respective winners on the evening, showing that success can come with at any stage in aperformers career.
The Stage Debut Awards similarly celebrates roaring successes for Britain’s regional Theatres. Wins for the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol which hosted Popoolas Othello, The Minerva Theatre, Chichester showing The Country Girls, the Best Director Award going to Lekan Lawal at the Derby Theatre, Best Composer for the Crucible Sheffield and Katherine Soper, winner of Best Writer for Wish List at the Royal Exchange Manchester. While there are obviously wins for many of the London Theatres, witnessing this proves that the Regional Theatre world is a force to be reckoned with, and while London is still the Godfather of UK Theatre, this does indicate that the British Theatre’s brightest new talent can also be found further afield.
Written by Patrick Riley