Hull Truck Theatre's touring tales up for top accolade
HULL Truck Theatre has been nominated for a prestigious award for its touring productions.
Andrew Smaje, chief executive of the city centre theatre, has described the 2012 Theatre Awards UK nomination as the most prestigious in more than a decade.
However, the latest nomination is not for the work that has gone on inside the £15 million theatre but for its own and associated productions that have been taken on the road.
Staff will be competing against Graeae/New Wolsey Theatre and Music And Lyrics Limited in the Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre.
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Mr Smaje said: "It's really good news.
"As Hull Truck's name suggests, we are made to travel and we have an audience nationally the same size as the audience we have in Hull.
"It is important to take the name of Hull out to the rest of the nation and say something positive about the city."
The nomination relates to the productions of The Lady In The Van, DNA, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice and The Glee Club – all of which were watched by thousands of people across the country.
In the past 12 months, the productions have been taken to 100 different venues, shown for a total of 64 weeks – there was an overlap of some of the productions.
It is not the first time Hull Truck has been nominated for an award. The company won Achievement in Marketing for Something Wicked This Way Comes in 2010.
Kenneth Alan Taylor was also nominated for Best Supporting Performance in The Price – a Hull Truck Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough production on tour last year.
Mr Smaje said: "This is a real pat on the shoulder and says we have really expanded in terms of our programme and the diversity of our programme.
"There has been such a demand in some of the performances that we have even had to put on some extra shows.
"Whether we win the award or not, to be shortlisted from such a huge field of theatre is very significant.
"It puts us back in people's minds nationally and it speaks volumes about the quality of the productions.
"We are heading the right way."
The awards are run by the Theatrical Management Association. Theatre Awards UK is the only nationwide awards scheme to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The awards will be presented at a lunchtime ceremony on Sunday, October 28, at the Guildhall in London.