With the support of the Arts Council’s CRF, and all of our loyal supporters old and new, we are delighted to announce that we are able to recommence the selection process for the next director and recipient of the JMK Award.
This will enable one director, designer and creative team to stage their own production of an established play at the Orange Tree Theatre later this year.
As theatres plan to return to life, we’d like to acknowledge these talented early career theatre makers, who will no doubt play a large role in the future vigour and success of the wider industry. With this in mind, we’d like to introduce them to you, if you have not encountered their work already, as people to watch or work with right now.
The finalists, designers and their choice of play are as follows:
Director Emily Aboud, designer Natalie Pryce – Rum and Coca Cola by Mustapha Matura
Director Emerald Crankson, designer Zoë Hurwitz – Mules by Winsome Pinnock (see below)
Director Matt Harrison, designer Camilla Clarke – Tom Fool by Franz Xavier Kroetz
Director Becky Hope-Palmer, designer Luke W. Robson – When I was a girl I used to scream and shout by Sharman Macdonald
Director Ed Madden, designer Grace Smart – Peggy Pickett Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Director Rafaella Marcus, designer Anna Reid – Peggy Pickett Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Director Katherine Nesbitt, designer Rose Montgomery – Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch
Director Diane Page, designer Niall McKeever – Statements After An Arrest under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard
These teams will shortly be interviewed, and the directors rehearse with actors- the final stage of the selection process. We very much hope you will join us for news of the recipient in May, and book to attend the show itself. Tickets are already on sale here.
Many thanks once again to all who have helped us survive, grow and learn throughout the past year. We are only still here because of your personal encouragement and financial support.
UPDATE- due to the combination of COVID restrictions and a change her personal circumstances, sadly Emerald Crankson has chosen to withdraw from the process for this year’s JMK Award. As together we were unable to find a work around, Emerald has been offered a place on the shortlist of a future JMK Award, if and when it is able to go ahead.