John Godber 'flattered' at Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award
THE former artistic director of Hull Truck Theatre has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
John Godber, 56, received the accolade at the Yorkshire Awards, held in Leeds.
The award, which recognises people and organisations who have had a positive impact on the county, came as a bit of a shock.
"It is very flattering," he said. "I might be one of their youngest recipients. Winners in the past were well into their seventies.
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"I've had a couple of mates ringing up saying it must mean I'm finished. I feel like I'm just warming up.
"I am delighted to be a recipient and would like to come back in 20 years and win the award again for the second part of my life."
Mr Godber's plays are among the most performed in the English language and his work has won him numerous awards, including an Olivier Award and two Baftas.
But putting his awards into context, he said they are by no means the biggest achievements in his life.
"I've won Baftas, Olivier Awards, awards in Chicago and in Hollywood.
"My biggest achievement was looking after my mother when she had a brain tumour. "I've also got fantastic kids. They're the real achievements. The rest is just some- thing to do between 9am and 6pm."
Mr Godber puts the award down to his 26 years at Hull Truck Theatre.
During his time he encouraged new talents and transformed the theatre company into a nationally recognised brand.
He also oversaw Hull Truck's move from its original Spring Street venue to the £15m Ferensway building, with its 440-seat auditorium and 134-seat studio theatre.
Although he has since established The John Godber Company, working with Theatre Royal, Wakefield, he still works and promotes the city and continues to work hard to put the area on the map.
He said: "I'm proud to be from Yorkshire and still do a lot of work in Hull.
"My aim in the future is to make TV here.
"It is time this region was on TV as it is a fantastic place to live and work."
Keith Madeley MBE, is the chairman of the Yorkshire Society, one of the main sponsors of the awards.
He said: "I am delighted to acknowledge this talent in Yorkshire.
"John has done a terrific amount of work in theatre and I think it is a worthy accolade.
"His work is fantastic and he is renowned internationally so it felt right to give him this award. As we say in Yorkshire, to achieve a lifetime award you need a bit of wool on your back."
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