The Irish Theatre Awards recently took place in The National Concert Hall with the play Ballyturk been the big winner and Stephen Rea been honoured with an Outstanding Contribution award. Sinead Cusack, Lewis J Stadlen and Our Few and Evil Days were also honoured on the night.
Ballyturk won Best Production while Sinead Cusack won the Best Actress award for her role as Margaret in Mark O’Rowe’s Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey which won Best New Play of 2014. Best Actor went to Lewis J Stadlen, who played Solomon in The Price by Arthur Miller at the Gate.
Judges’ Special Award: Limerick City of Culture: An award to its leadership team and administration for rebranding the city as a beacon of artistic endeavour.
Best Actress: Sinéad Cusack as Margaret in Our Few and Evil Days, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe for the Abbey Theatre.
Best Actor: Lewis J Stadlen as Solomon in The Price, written by Arthur Miller, directed by Doug Hughes for the Gate Theatre.
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Gilmore in Breathless, by John MacKenna, directed by Iseult Golden for Orion Productions and Danú Theatre.
Best Supporting Actor: Simon O’Gorman as Thomasheen Seán Rua in Sive, by John B Keane, for the Abbey Theatre.
Best Director: Selina Cartmell for Punk Rock, by Simon Stephens, for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Best Set Design: Alyson Cummins, for Pentecost, by Stewart Parker, for the Lyric Theatre.
Best Costume Design: Mike Britton for How Many Miles to Babylon, by Jennifer Johnston, adapted for stage by Alan Stanford for the Lyric Theatre.
Best Lighting: Ciaran Bagnall for Pentecost, by Stewart Parker, for the Lyric Theatre.
Best Sound Design: Teho Teardo and Helen Atkinson, for Ballyturk, by Enda Walsh, for Landmark Productions/GIAF.
Best Production: Ballyturk, written and directed by Enda Walsh for Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival.
Best New Play: Our Few and Evil Days by Mark O’Rowe for the Abbey Theatre.
Best Opera Production: Silent Night by Kevin Puts, directed by Tomer Zvulun forWexford Festival Opera.
An Post Irish Stamps Audience Choice Prize: Silent Night, Wexford Festival Opera.
Special Tribute Award: Stephen Rea