We’ve just got back from the Buxton Fringe awards, and are really honoured to announce Titus Andronicus was nominated in three categories… and won two of them!
Firstly, we were dead chuffed to win the Best Production award for the second year running. There was some stiff competition, and it was very humbling to be chosen again.
Next up, our Artistic Director Ashlea Kaye received a well-deserved nomination for Best Actress, for her triple-portrayal of the sensitive Marcus, the sinister Demetrius, and the hilarious Quintus.
But the highest honour of all was to be chosen for the new John Beecher Prize, handed to “original, challenging work with high production values”. This award is given in honour of the late John Beecher, a long-time volunteer at Underground Venues, whose witty and thought-provoking insights into the shows he saw were a highlight for many. This was a huge honour to us, especially as, unknown to the judging panel, he was also a close friend to many of us on the team.
The award come with a cash prize, which we’ll be donating to the hospice that took such good care of John in his final days.
It’s really moving to be honoured by this accolade, and it touching to know that John will be remembered for years to come every year at the Fringe – and hopefully his legacy will inspire people who never had the privilege of meeting him.
Here’s to you, John.