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The very best of the rest from the Night Standard Future Theatre Fund TikTok Breakout Award




The best of the rest from the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund TikTok Breakout Award

he pandemic’s effect on the theatre industry has been colossal. Structures have been shut for months, beloved productions halted and, possibly most heartbreakingly, talent has been stopped in its tracks.

How are future younger and up-and-coming performing, style and design, directing and musical theatre stars intended to get in their foot in the doorway in a local climate this sort of as this?

In response to these challenges, the Evening Typical declared back in November that it would be signing up for forces with TikTok and the National Youth Theatre for the Foreseeable future Theatre Fund, where by 12 prizes of £10,000 would be awarded to 12 recipients to aid them in their careers.

Entries for the initially five groups were submitted by drama faculties and theatres, but the past – the TikTok Breakout Award – was open up to applicants.

In the months since, unbelievable expertise has revealed just what they could do with a tricky temporary: “Help us put this 12 months powering us make a TikTok using your specialist theatre willpower – whichever that may perhaps be – and express to us the hopes and dreams you keep for your potential theatrical career.”

Previous week, the winners had been declared at the Night Regular Future Theatre Fund awards – a virtual ceremony hosted by West Conclude stars Aimie Atkinson and Layton Williams – but the large-calibre candidates produced it a rough call.

Below, we choose a glance at the very best of the relaxation – twelve skills who skipped out on the TikTok Breakout Award prize, their entry TikToks, and where they’d like to be in a few years’ time…

Hannah Lowther – musical theatre performer (shortlisted)

“To retain enhancing my confidence and to apply that superior to my each day lifetime and not just in performance. Lifetime experience will permit for different interpretation of character and hopefully direct to participating in a wide variety of different and interesting roles.”

Abi Clarke – comedian (shortlisted)

“I’d like to have founded myself as a recognisable title and encounter of British comedy, carried out a effective debut hour of stand-up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and to have developed a longform comedy script for stage or display screen.”

Louise May perhaps Mosley – actor (shortlisted)

“At college, I uncovered my specialized niche and would like to be utilising this specialized niche to boost obtain endeavours in the arts. I dream to produce assignments that centre on telling underrepresented stories. I would like to be a jobbing actor, producer and far more.”

Kate Stokes and Claudia Summers – comedy duo (shortlisted)

“We’ve honed our craft and strengthened our partnership by researching acting and scriptwriting, performing at festivals, and earning movie and audio sketches. In 3 yrs, we aim to have company illustration and have nationally toured at the very least just one new exhibit.”

Imogen Melhuish – established and costume designer

“I’d want to further create a community of passionate, like-minded creatives, planning do the job that pushes our preconceptions of what theatre can be, discovering tricky issue matters, reaching and functioning with a wider, much more flexible, group of men and women.”

Molly Walker – actor and theatre maker

“I would like to be in a queer aspect film and voice a video clip video game character. I’d also like to operate a productive theatre organization. I want to be regularly building new plays through collaboration with creatives like The Pappy Show and Debris Stevenson.”

Anna Bogomolova – actor

“Fulfilling my desire career as a skillfully properly trained comprehensive-time actress actively playing lead roles in West Conclusion theatre and musical productions like Wicked or Mamma Mia! for intercontinental audiences on the day by day, and aiming to further more perform in Broadway.”

Lewis Brown – musical theatre performer

“Whilst carrying out in Tokyo Disney, I uncovered to stability get the job done and daily life. In a few many years I would like to be in a musical, both on tour or on the West Conclusion. I’d also like to workshop my very own primary musical theatre work, whether or not it be on line or live theatre.”

Leah Louvaine – musical theatre performer

“My self-assurance is a major thing that held me again growing up. When I realised how much I was lacking out on by becoming concerned, I determined that I had to combat challenging for this vocation. I will get on the West Finish – I just have to!”

Annell Odartey – musical theatre performer

“I would like to see myself executing in any way, form or variety, whether or not it be in a workshop, a tour, a business or eventually in the West Conclusion. The aspiration would be to have recognized myself in the sector and established a good effect.”

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It’s official: Andrew Scott is the greatest actor of our generation




It’s official: Andrew Scott is the greatest actor of our generation

Andrew Scott: do I want to be him, snog him, or just watch everything he ever appears in? I think it’s all three. Either way, from now on I’m going to ask everyone I meet if they agree that he is the greatest actor of our generation. If they don’t, sorry, we cannot be friends.

Not everyone loved the BBC’s lavish adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love (I did), but everyone who watched it agreed on one thing: Scott, who played louche bright young thing Lord Merlin, lit up every second of his screen time. As we watched him dancing to T-Rex in silk pyjama suit with a harem of beautiful people following him around, we wanted to have a pyjama party in his honour.

He became a legend of this nation as Fleabag’s Hot Priest, the gin and tonic-drinking clergyman who ensured that the second series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit show was even better than the first. It was an emotional rollercoaster: we sobbed and got hot under the dog collar. Paloma Faith spoke for us all when she infamously told Scott on the Graham Norton sofa that she’d needed “alone time” after watching the show.


But we bow down to him as the very best actor we have right now because of a long career of stellar performances, elevated by his own personal life philosophy. “Acting without humour is bad manners – it’s not the way human beings work,” he said last year in an interview for Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast. That’s the key to his brilliance: he brings both humanity and levity to all of his characters.

The first time I ever saw him was on stage in Birdland at the Royal Court, back in 2014 as a rock star going off the rails in a metallic jacket. He’d already played Moriarty in Sherlock by then and won a Bafta for being the best thing in the show, but I had no idea who he was (I don’t watch things about men who are really good at doing maths in their heads). I still remember sitting at the back of the circle and thinking: that man is a star. His performance was vintage Scott: manic charisma, sexy but in a way that felt a bit dangerous, all with a vulnerable tenderness at its heart.

Fleabag finds religion in season 2 – but is it enough to save her? / BBC

He’s an actor who can do the biggies. In 2017 he played Hamlet, making the prince into a sensitive man whose life has become unmoored by grief. I saw the nearly four hour running time of Robert Icke’s production and went to the theatre with a visceral sense of martyrdom, but Scott made it feel like it wasn’t long enough. It was the first time I’d watched Hamlet and not fallen asleep; usually I wake up and everyone on the stage is dead. But Scott made it so that I could understand every word he was saying… suddenly I understood why everyone else liked it so much.

And as Garry Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter in 2019, he picked up a host of gongs including Best Actor at our Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Not only did his hilarious performance light up our summer, but the production had an important political meaning too, allowing the queer subtext in Coward’s work to be openly expressed. As Scott himself said in his acceptance speech, “I think sometimes [Coward is] accused of being a dusty old playwright but he smuggles through comedy really modern ideas about sexuality and gender. He sort of says it’s okay to live a life that’s less ordinary.”

We feel like we could have a deep and meaningful with him at 2am in a toilet

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But whatever he’s in, he always becomes the bit you never forget. Psychotic taxi driver in Black Mirror? Tick. Upper class World War One officer getting through the trauma with gallows humour in 1917? Tick. Welsh bookshop owner disowned by his family for being gay, who made us cry every tear in our body in Pride? Tick. Priest who would make you hotfoot to confession (even though you are an atheist) in Fleabag? As we know, tick, tick, tick.

His next project is playing Tom Ripley in a new mega-series about Patricia Highsmith’s enigmatic con artist, alongside Johnny Flynn and Dakota Fanning, and we already know Scott will make us forget every other Ripley depiction we’ve ever seen – apols Matt Damon.

It’s not just his first class acting chops, though. Scott has an electric quality to him that makes us feel intimately connected to him. Who else could have us hanging off his every ‘to be or not to be’ and also make us feel like we could have a deep and meaningful with him at 2am in a toilet?

Give Scott an Oscar. Give him a knighthood. Give him our phone numbers. Give him everything. We pledge allegiance to the way of the Scott.

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