Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Doran, has been nominated as Best Director by the Wales Theatre Awards 2017 for the production Belonging/Perthyn, Re-Live in association with Chapter. Organised by arts journalists in Wales to celebrate excellence in theatre, opera and dance, the awards will be hosted by The Taliesin Arts Centre on Saturday, February 25.
The bilingual play Belonging, based on Re-Live’s in-depth interviews with people living with dementia, family members and professional carers sees the play dispelling the myths of dementia and shines a light on how a dementia-friendly Wales can be created just by being yourself, being in the moment…belonging.
Written by Karin Diamond and directed by Peter Doran (Grav, Oh Hello!, Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts?), Belonging is entirely accessible for Welsh and non-Welsh speakers alike.
Peter Doran said: “I was really grateful to be given the opportunity to work on such a worthwhile project. It’s not often you go into rehearsal feeling that a project could actually change people’s lives, but with this production we really felt that and to a point we succeeded. So many people who are caring for loved ones with dementia, said to us that the production had shown them an alternative way of coping, one that they were happy to adopt.”
He added: “It’s flattering to be nominated as best director but the success of this production is down to many years of work by Karin and Alison at ReLive. I may well have arranged the icing but they baked the cake.”
A spokesperson for the Wales Theatre Awards said: “This has been a record-breaking year for the Wales Theatre Awards, the unique celebration of live performance as nominated by critics working in English and in Welsh. We have had more reviewers nominating more artists from more performance spaces than ever before for this showcase for excellence in live performance and the role of arts writers.”
More than 280 individual artists were nominated by 40 critics for the prestigious annual opera, dance and theatre awards. Between them the critics made 830 nominations for the 20 award categories. These nominations comprised 157 individual shows and 89 companies across Wales from the largest national companies to fledgling organisations, from big budget shows to solo works and ranging from new writing to classics.
Others nominted for the Best Director awards are: Rachael Boulton, The Good Earth, Motherlode co-produced with RCT Theatres in association with Chapter, Blackwood Miners Institute and the Wales Millennium Centre; Arwel Gruffydd, Chwalfa, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in partnership with Pontio and Cwmni’r Frân Wen; and Maxine Evans, The Revlon Girl, October Sixty Six.