Prestigious theatre award marks Welsh language first
Congratulations to Elan Davies who become the first ever Welsh language winner at The Stage Debut Awards in London last night (Sun 1 Oct).
She won Best Performer in a Play for her role in Imrie, our co-production with Cardiff's Sherman Theatre.
It marks the first time a performer in a Welsh language production has won at the prestigious event.
The awards highlight breakthrough actors, writers, directors, designers, composers or lyricists in the theatre industry.
The production, which toured Wales between May and June, was written by Nia Morais, directed by Gethin Evans (our Artistic Director) and starred Rebecca Wilson as Elan's sister.
It was performed in Welsh with captioning in English and Welsh.
Speaking to The Stage, Elan said: "To be spotlighted at such a young age and at the beginning of my career feels really great.
It’s so important to be recognised at an awards show like this, especially for a Welsh language production.Elan Davies
Speaking about the awards, The Stage editor Alistair Smith said: “Our wonderful winners highlight just how much emerging talent there is across British theatre.
I’m particularly pleased that this year we were able to recognise our first ever winner in a Welsh language performance.Alistair Smith, The Stage Editor
The judges said the production brought “street-smart wit, tenderness and a streak of cruelty to a magic-realist coming-of-age tale of two sisters”.
*Photo by Alex Brenner