The team responsible for the stage management work on Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s production of Macbeth in February of this year has reached the shortlist for the National Stage Management Awards 2017. The presentation evening will be held in London on 7 June.
The team – Gareth Roberts (Stage Manager), Siwan Fflur Griffiths (Assistant Stage Manager), Caryl McQuilling and Brynach Higginson (Stage Management Assistants) – had to face several challenges as they prepared to work on the production of Macbeth. The play was not staged in the usual theatre environment, but rather in a medieval castle and in the dead of winter. Apart from the obvious complications of staging a site-specific production in an ancient location without the usual facilities, the action moved around the castle, and the whole performance was broadcast live to cinemas throughout Wales on 14 February. With a professional cast of 12, and a community cast of 20, very heavy demands were placed on the team.
Despite the obvious challenges, this hard-working team set about the task with enthusiasm, energy and creativeness. They collaborated extremely well – understanding each other’s natural strengths and weaknesses, and ensuring that the work was executed in a professional way to a very high standard. They formed the link between the cast, the wider team and the castle, and were crucial in building goodwill between everyone concerned with the production.
The same team worked on the production of Chwalfa (Pontio, 2016), that won the award for the Best Production in the Welsh Language at the Welsh Theatre Awards this year.
Angharad Mair Davies, Head of Production at Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, said:
“I’m so proud of the whole team, and very glad to have the opportunity of working with the four of them. They are hard workers who always give of their best, whatever the task in hand. They fully deserve this accolade – good luck to them!”
Join with us to wish the team all the best for the presentation evening.
Full information on the awards can be seen here.