Sherman Theatre has been nominated in the much coveted Regional Theatre of the Year category of The Stage Awards 2018. The nomination caps what has been another hugely successful year for Sherman Theatre under Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan. The Sherman has been nominated alongside Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome. The winner will be announced on 26 January at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London.
Following the nomination The Stage said: “Under Rachel O’Riordan’s artistic directorship, the Sherman has revived itself after significant funding cuts to become a beacon for new writing in Cardiff. O’Riordan’s ongoing creative partnership with playwright and associate artist Gary Owen, which began with the acclaimed Iphigenia in Splott in 2015, has resulted in two superb productions: Killology and The Cherry Orchard, the former co-produced with London’s Royal Court.
The Stage called The Cherry Orchard “a gently heartbreaking study of landscape and loss”, while Killology was praised for the way Owen “patiently and earnestly contemplates the generations of pain underpinning male violence”. The venue is passionate about nurturing emerging talent. Through its New Welsh Playwrights Programme, founded in 2016, it guides participants through a series of workshops and training to hone their writing skills.
The theatre has particularly encouraged work written in the Welsh language and boasts a network that develops young and emerging directors and theatremakers. This offers opportunities to work in both Welsh and English. Both are overseen by David Mercatali, who joined the venue in 2017 as associate director.”
Read more about the nominees in the Regional Theatre of the Year category here
Read more about The Stage Awards 2018 here