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The Technical Theatre Awards announce winners..


By Helen Tucker on the

The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrate the achievements of people working behind the scenes, have announced their winners at a well-attended ceremony during PLASA London 2014 hosted by Kasper Holten.

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Now in their second year, the Technical Theatre Awards (TTAs) were established to give due credit to the often unsung heroes and heroines that work backstage to make the theatre magic happen.

The winners are:

The "Douglas Turnbull" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management (Supported by Opera Holland Park)

*****Sharon Hobden*

The "Philips Entertainment" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting

Richard Rhys Thomas

The "PRG" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production Management

Paul Hennessy

The "Triple E" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flys & Rigging

Karl Meier

The "Rigging Team" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation

Roberto Raskovsky

The "Total Solutions Group" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Construction

Will Jackson

The "Design Software Solutions" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education

Stuart French

The "Rosco" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Artistry

Bunny Christie

The "GDS" Award for Venue Sustainability 

The Palace Theatre - Redditch

The "Pearce Hire" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew

Sid Taylor

The "Hawthorn" Receiving Venue of the Year Award

Mayflower Theatre - Southampton

The "Pigs Might Fly South" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Make-up and Wigs

Kate Griffiths

The "Stage Sound Services" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Media Server Programming

Emily Harding

The "d&b Audiotechnik" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound

Dominic Bilkey

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The "Robe" Hire Company of the Year Award**

Pirate Crew

The "IOGIG" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wardrobe

Caroline Hannam

The "AdVision TV" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Props

Maggie Nottage

"The Fifth Estate" Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performer Flying

Adam Bailey

With the guidance of TTAs' co-founders and organisers Ian Taylor and Olivia Dermot Walsh, the event has attracted support from some of the biggest names and companies in the industry.

The TTAs announced nominees for their 2014 awards as voting opened during the ABTT Theatre Show in London in June.

Sixty-three individuals and venues were nominated across 18 awards covering all disciplines of technical theatre.

According to organisers, more than 1000 people voted in the first 24hrs of voting going live.

Ian Taylor says:

"We're thrilled at the success of the second Technical Theatre Awards at PLASA London, and want to thank everyone who nominated and came to the ceremony to celebrate the incredible work of so many, Since their conception the TTAs have received a huge amount of support from both individuals and the industry as a whole. As we continue to develop and improve them we look to the industry to get involved in supporting and shaping the future of the awards. As we go forward we hope to develop relationships with industry associations and organisations to continue and improve the nomination process. These awards are for people working in the industry, created and operated by the industry, and we hope they will become an invaluable asset. We look forward to working with you all on next year's TTAs."

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 7 October at 5pm on The Theatres Trust Stage at PLASA London, ExCeL.