Northern Broadsides up for National theatre Award

An August Bank Holiday Lark, performed by Northern Broadsides at Oldham Coliseum
An August Bank Holiday Lark, performed by Northern Broadsides at Oldham Coliseum

Deborah McAndrew’s play An August Bank Holiday Lark has been nominated in the Best New Play category at the prestigious UK Theatre Awards 2014.

The touring play was a co-production Halifax-based theatre Northern Broadsides and Manchester’s New Vic theatre.

Deborah said: :This is one of those ordinary days that became extraordinary in a moment.

“I was in the hairdresser’s and suddenly my email and social media was buzzing with the news.

“Everyone knew about it before me and it all felt rather surreal;

“I couldn’t jump around because I was in a very public place with a wet towel on my head, but I am absolutely thrilled to receive a nomination for Best New Play, and overwhelmed by the warmth of good wishes coming my way.”

Northern Broadsides artistic director Barrie Rutter and director of An August Bank Holiday said: “This nomination will thrill all at Northern Broadsides and the New Vic, teamwork and imagination.

“From the pen of Deborah McAndrew, the feet of the Greenmill cloggers and the tunes of the village lasses many thanks for the nomination.”

The other nominated plays in the category are Pressure by David Haig (a Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh production) and Revolt, She said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch (a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Other Place and the Royal Courtare.

The Best New Play Award will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony on Sunday October 19 at Guildhall, London.