The 2022 fosterIAN nominations

Behold the 2022 fosterIAN award nominations, recognising the acting performances that stood out for me, the ones that made me sit up, and sometimes stand up. As ever, I have used the label ‘best’, the categories should really be considered ‘favourite’ as that is what the fosterIANs (fos-tîr’ē-ən) are – my favourites out of the small handful of shows that I saw. 

After some thought, I’ve kept the categories divided by gender as I’m unsure of the best way forward in terms of both representation and recognition. Merging them is one answer but I dislike that that means fewer performances end up being awarded. I shall be consulting and considering over the next year and changes will be implented for 2023.

Best Actress in a Play
Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Blues for an Alabama Sky
Erin Doherty, The Crucible
Noma Dumezweni, A Doll’s House Part 2
Sophie Melville, Iphigenia in Splott
Chris Nietvelt, Age of Rage
Claire Rushbrook, Middle
Nicola Walker, The Corn is Green

Best Actor in a Play
Mohand Hasb Alrosol Abdalrahem/Peter Pearson, Mohand & Peter
Jack Holden, Cruise
Victor IJdens, Jesse Mensah, Felix Schellekens and Romijn Scholten, The End of Eddy
Hans Kesting, Who Killed My Father
Ramsey Nasr, A Little Life
Daniel Ryan, Middle
Shubham Saraf, The Father and the Assassin

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Deborah Findlay, Orlando
Marieke Heebink, A Little Life
Kerry Howard, Jack Absolute Flies Again
Wendy Kweh, Much Ado About Nothing
Tracy-Ann Oberman, Noises Off
Eileen Walsh, The Crucible
June Watson, A Doll’s House Part 2

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Paul Bazely, The Father and the Assassin
Paapa Essiedu, A Number
David Fynn, Much Ado About Nothing
Hans Kesting, A Little Life
Minne Koole, Age of Rage
Jordan Metcalfe, Jack Absolute Flies Again
Joseph Millson, Noises Off

Best Actress in a Musical
Carly Anderson, Crazy For You
Liv Andrusier, Ride
Courtney Bowman, Legally Blonde
Katie Brayben, Tammy Faye
Kerry Ellis, Anything Goes
Joanna Riding, Gypsy
Frida Rødbroe, La Maupin

Best Actor in a Musical
Michael Ahomka-Lindsay, Legally Blonde
Sam Harrison, Love is Only Love
George Maguire, The Wicker Husband
Alon Moni Aboutboul, The Band’s Visit
Jamie Muscato, Moulin Rouge
Callum Scott Howells, Cabaret
Charlie Stemp, Crazy For You

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Rosie Ashe, The Great British Bake Off – The Musical
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Hex
Nadine Higgin, Legally Blonde
Kayleigh McKnight, LIFT
Yuki Sutton / Amy Parker, Ride
Sally Ann Triplett, Billy Elliot
Olivia Warren, Megan Armitage, Katrina Michaels and Olivia Thompson, La Maupin

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Sharif Afifi, The Band’s Visit
Joe Caffrey, Billy Elliot
John Owen-Jones, The Great British Bake Off – The Musical
Peter Polycarpou, The Band’s Visit
Alistair Toovey, Legally Blonde
Patrick Vaill, Oklahoma!
Zubin Varla, Tammy Faye

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