Derby Theatre’s collaboration and support for the Total Theatre Awards will involve artistic director, Sarah Brigham and general manager, Gary Johnson, being part of a team of over 25 assessors who, between them, will see over 400 shows in the first eleven days of the festival.
The 12 judges will announce their decisions at the Total Theatre Awards Ceremony on 22 August. Five awards across three categories will be awarded, including one award for an Emerging Artist or Company, which will have £500 attached to it, supported by Farnham Maltings.
Sarah said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Total Theatre Awards this year. Fresh, innovative theatre which excites all the senses is exactly what Derby Theatre is about and we are delighted to be recognising the very best emerging talent in this area.”
Developed for the benefit of artists, the sector and audiences, the Total Theatre Awards have, over the past 15 years, blazed a trail of recognition for independent artists and companies creating innovative artist-led theatre.
Resisting too narrow a definition of the term ‘total theatre’ the awards focus on artists and companies leading innovative work within the fields of devised theatre, live art, visual performance, mime, puppetry, physical theatre, experimental theatre, clown, circus, street, immersive, outdoor, site-specific performance and more.
Honouring work by professional artists and companies at various stages in their professional development, these awards have an international reputation for rigour and excellence, cherished by artists and programmers all over the world. Involving a rigorous two-stage assessment and judging process, the Total Theatre Awards brings together academics, critics, presenters, producers and artists to debate and award excellence.
Bryony Kimmings (Total Theatre Awards Winner, 2010) said: “In Edinburgh the Total Theatre Awards recognises experimental work that truly tries to push at boundaries in a landscape of work that conforms. For me, winning a Total Theatre Award helped me to get my foot in the door with a whole host of venues, spurred international interest and gave me a huge quality stamp. Totally and utterly invaluable.”