2018 has been an incredible year of success at Sherman Theatre. Here we reflect on the year:
January – We became the first theatre in Wales to win the Regional Theatre of the Year title at The Stage Awards, recognising the Sherman as the most exciting theatre in the UK, outside of London.
The second year of our sector leading artist development schemes, the New Welsh Playwrights Programme and the Sherman/JMK Directors Group, got underway. Both schemes are generously funded by The Carne Trust.
February – Our first Sherman Theatre production of the year was performed in the Studio – Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol, directed by Matthew Xia.
At the end of February our new look foyer and bar was unveiled.
March – Following performances in Glasgow, our co-production with Tron Theatre Company – The Motherf**ker with the Hat opened at the Sherman.
April – Killology, our co-production with London’s Royal Court Theatre, directed by Rachel O’Riordan and written by Gary Owen won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.
Our world premiere production of Welsh playwright Brad Birch’s timely thriller Tremor opened in the Studio.
The Sherman once again played host to the NT Connections Festival, showcasing seven youth theatre groups including our very own Sherman Youth Theatre.
May – Following the success of Iphigenia in Splott in 2017, we returned to New York’s 59E59 Brits Off Broadway Festival with Tremor.
Also in New York, Sophie Melville was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Iphigenia in Splott.
June – The Sherman hosted performances which were part of two festivals, the Festival of Voice and Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival.
July – As the five years of funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which made Sherman 5 possible came to an end, we celebrated the impact of this extraordinary project with specially commissioned films, a photography exhibition and a weekend of events.
Sherman Players, our ensemble for non-professional actors aged 18+, performed Blue Stockings, marking the centenary of Women’s Suffrage.
August – Our co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru of the world premiere of Milwr yn y Meddwl by Heiddwen Tomos was performed at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff.
Tremor was performed as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Paines Plough’s Roundabout at Summerhall throughout the month.
September – We launched our new Introduction to Playwriting initiative which introduces young people aged 15-18 (GCSEs to A level) to writing for the stage. Introduction to Playwriting is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The tenure of our first bilingual Company in Residence, Cwmni Pluen Company, culminated with the world premiere performances of Mags in the Studio.
October – Our major new production of the late Meic Povey’s drama Fel Anifail was performed in the Studio.
The main house hosted our co-production of Lord of the Flies with Theatr Clwyd, featuring a female led cast.
Denise Black won the UK Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Play for her portrayal of Rainey in our production of The Cherry Orchard (2017).
November – We toured our Christmas show for ages 3 -6, Little Red Riding Hood / Yr Hugan Fach Goch to schools and theatres across South Wales.
Clocktower Theatre Company performed Shed Man in the Studio as the first edition of our new platform for emerging local theatre companies, Get It While It’s Hot.
Alice in Wonderland, Rachel O'Riordan's final production as Artistic Director, opened in the Main House.
December – The second year of the New Welsh Playwrights Programme and the Sherman/ JMK Directors Group came to a close with a showcase at London’s Theatre 503. Both schemes are generously funded by The Carne Trust.
Our Christmas productions (Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood / Yr Hugan Fach Goch) continued throughout December with both shows featuring all Welsh and Wales based casts of actor musicians.