The finalists of The Offies 2018


The finalists of the The Offies 2018 have been announced and as ever, there’s much of interest there, in the choices made and the breadth of Off West End theatre celebrated. Play-wise, I’m delighted at the love for The Revlon Girl and An Octoroon here, nice to see the Bunker’s Eyes Closed Ears Covered rewarded too, plus Will Pinchin’s work in Frankenstein.

With the musicals, I’m not down with the love for Promises Promises, an ill-judged revival that added nothing to the conversation (and even less in these #MeToo times) and I’m disappointed that none of the boys of Yank! were recognised. The rest of the Southwark Playhouse’s spectacular year does get the appropriate plaudits though, with Superhero, The Life and Working all getting multiple nominations.

And lastly, at times it can seem like all you have to do is sing in your bathroom and you get an Offie nomination ? so it is interesting to see how the numbers break down, albeit somewhat vaguely. These 80 or so finalists have apparently been whittled down from over 350 nominations from over 190 shows – there’s clearly just a lot of Offies love to share. Should you wish to join in said sharing at the IRL award ceremony on Sunday 4th March at The Albany, Deptford, you can buy tickets here.

Female in a Play
Charlotte Gray / The Revlon Girl / Park Theatre
Katherine Pearce / Low Level Panic / Orange Tree Theatre
Lucy Robinson / Late Company / Finborough Theatre
Mimi Ndiweni / The Convert / Gate Theatre
Male in a Play
Ben Aldridge / Run The Beast Down / Finborough Theatre
Ian McDiarmid / What Shadows / Park Theatre
Ken Nwosu / An Octoroon / Orange Tree Theatre
Patrick Sandford / Groomed / Soho Theatre
Supporting Female in a Play
Jo Martin / Doubt: A Parable / Southwark Playhouse
Molly Hanson / Posh / Pleasance Theatre
Sinead Matthews / Loot / Park Theatre
Vivian Oparah / An Octoroon / Orange Tree Theatre
Supporting Male in a Play
Danny-boy Hatchard / Eyes Closed, Ears Covered / Bunker
Jonathan Blaydon / Lord Dismiss Us / Above The Stag
Tom Rhys Harries / The Pitchfork Disney / Shoreditch Town Hall
Will Pinchin / Frankenstein / Jack Studio
New Play
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins / An Octoroon / Orange Tree Theatre
David Ireland / The End Of Hope / Soho Theatre
Neil Anthony Docking / The Revlon Girl / Park Theatre /
Roland Schimmelpfenning (translated by David Tushingham) / Winter Solstice / Orange Tree Theatre
Most Promising New Playwright
Alex Gwyther / Eyes Closed, Ears Covered / Bunker
Katie Bonna / All The Things I Lied About / Soho Theatre
Natasha Marshall / Half Breed / Soho Theatre
Stephen Unwin / All Our Children / Jermyn Street Theatre
Audrey Sheffield / The Dark Room / Theatre503
Josette Bushell-Mingo / The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin / Theatre Royal Stratford East
Ned Bennett / An Octoroon / Orange Tree Theatre
Ramin Gray / Winter Solstice / Orange Tree Theatre
Bucket ListBattersea Arts Centre
Home TruthsBunker
The Gap In The LightNew Diorama
An OctoroonOrange Tree Theatre
ContractionsNew Diorama
The Revlon GirlPark Theatre
Trouble In MindPrint Room
Female in a Musical
Daisy Maywood / Promises, Promises / Southwark Playhouse
Sophia Mackay / The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin / Theatre Royal Stratford East
T’Shan Williams / The Life / Southwark Playhouse
Supporting Female in a Musical
Alex Young / Promises, Promises / Southwark Playhouse
Sarah-Louise Young / Yank! / Charing Cross Theatre
Sharon D. Clarke / The Life / Southwark Playhouse
Male in a Musical
Gabriel Vick / Promises, Promises / Southwark Playhouse
Joshua Lay / Top Hat / Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Michael Rouse / Superhero / Southwark Playhouse
Peter Polycarpou / Working / Southwark Playhouse
Supporting Male in a Musical
Cornell S. John / The Life / Southwark Playhouse
Greg Castiglioni / The Woman in White / Charing Cross Theatre
Jordan Shaw / Tick, Tick… Boom! / Park Theatre
Musical Director
Dean Austin / Death Takes A Holiday / Charing Cross Theatre
Gareth Bretherton / Hair / Vaults
Simon Holt / The Woman in White / Charing Cross Theatre
Musical Production
Hair Vaults
The LifeSouthwark Playhouse
WorkingSouthwark Playhouse
New Musical
Death Takes A HolidayCharing Cross Theatre
My Land’s ShoreYe Olde Rose & Crown Theatre
SuperheroSouthwark Playhouse
The LifeSouthwark Playhouse
Opera Production
Cosi Fan TutteBaseless Fabric Theatre / Morden Civic Centre
L’Incoronazione Di Poppea  / Hampstead Garden Opera / Jackson’s Lane
Tosca King’s Head Theatre
Charlotte Tooth / The Hired Man / Union Theatre
Chris Whittaker / Top Hat / Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Joanne McShane / Salad Days / Union Theatre
William Whelton / Hair / Vaults
Costume Design
Adrin Erra Puente / White Fang / Park Theatre
Jonathan Lipman / Death Takes A Holiday / Charing Cross Theatre
Mike Lees / The Tailor Made Man / White Bear Theatre
Lighting Design
Ben Jacobs / The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase / Jack Studio
David Plater (lighting) & Andzrej Goulding (video) / Room / Theatre Royal Stratford East
Norvydals Genys / Eyes Closed, Ears Covered / Bunker
Zoe Spurr / Phoenix Rising / Car Park, Smithfield Meat Market
Set Design
Lily Arnold / Room / Theatre Royal Stratford East
Max Dorey / Talk Radio / Old Red Lion Theatre
Rosanna Vize / Low Level Panic / Orange Tree Theatre
Sound Design
George Dennis / Guards at the Taj / Bush Theatre
Juan Coolio / White Fang / Park Theatre
Max & Ben Ringham and George Dennis / Killer / Shoreditch Town Hall
TBC Award
Joan Ovalhouse
The Last StrawOvalhouse
Christopher Green / Prurience / Southbank Centre
Lucy McCormack / Triple Threat / Soho Theatre

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