The Offies recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent, fringe and alternative theatres across London, helping to raise their profiles and rewarding the new talent that they nurture, which is essential for the future of the theatre industry.
Though theatre has been slowly recovering from the Covid pandemic in 2021, there have been enough high-quality Offies nominations post lockdown, to enable the judging panel to select 86 finalists across nearly 30 Offies categories. The winners will be announced at the Offies awards ceremony, to be held online this year on 20 February 2022. Continue reading “The finalists of The Offies 2022”
Best Actor in a Play
Omari Douglas/Russell Tovey, Constellations
There were occasional moments when the multiple casts of Constellations felt like it might just be an experiment but in the Douglas/Tovey iteration, something magical happened as their chemistry electrified this most familiar of plays, making it sexier, funnier and more heartwrenching than ever before.
Honourable mention: Ben Daniels, The Normal Heart
A titanic piece of acting in a blisteringly good production, all the more powerful for being on one of our largest stages. And despite the weightiness of the material and the size of that stage, Daniels filled it with the deepest of compassion.
Charles Edwards, Best of Enemies
Dickon Farmar, Gay Generations
Josh O’Connor, Romeo and Juliet
Jack Sunderland, DJ Bazzer’s Year 6 Disco
Best Actor in a Musical
Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret
Jessie Buckley rightly got a lot of the attention upon the owning of the Kit Kat Club but I don’t think Redmayne’s reworking of the Emcee is anything to be sniffed at either. A creepily expressive and starkly defined journey towards darkness, such is his charisma that we’re practically skipping along with him.
Honourable mention: Noel Sullivan, The Rhythmics
Far too few people will have gotten to see Sullivan lead this charming new musical but one has to hope he’ll be at the lycra-clad helm once again when it resurfaces.
Declan Bennett, Carousel
Adam Cooper, Singin’ in the Rain
Scott Mackie, The Off Key
David Thaxton, She Loves Me
Gently immersive and quietly heartbreaking, DJ Bazzer’s Year 6 Disco makes for a fantastic time at the Golden Goose Theatre
“I think about how this is going to be a very long night”
Party hats on entry aside, DJ Bazzer’s Year 6 Disco kicks off with an inspired rug pull of a move that encapsulates the play perfectly. Can reality ever live up to how good things seem in our head? And what can we do when that realisation finally kicks home? Georgie Bailey’s one-man multimedia journey for ChewBoy Productions explores just that with searing insight and a truly empathetic ear.
In his mind’s eye, Baz is a cutting edge DJ who would make David Guetta quake in his loafers. In reality, he’s 35 and the resident disc jockey for Brigdale Primary but he’s no less committed for that, and the upcoming Year 6 Leavers Disco is his moment to shine. But when that moment is threatened by a blast from the past, Baz is forced to reckon with his history and deal with just how much it has shaped him. Continue reading “Review: DJ Bazzer’s Year 6 Disco, Golden Goose Theatre”