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Adding to the trophy cabinet!

Sat 31 Dec 2016

What a perfect way to end a very busy year for Cranked Anvil!…

Earlier in the year we produced our very first Shakespeare Season, presenting modern interpretations of Romeo + Juliet, Hamlet, and Henry V, touring them to various venues in the North East. The shows were well attended and very well received, and everyone at Cranked Anvil was immensely proud of them.

So we’re over the moon that the North East Theatre Guide has judged our production of Romeo + Juliet to be the Best in 2016.  (And just as pleased that our production of Henry V took ‘bronze’ in the same category.)

There was a lot of Shakespeare produced in the region this year – especially with it being the 400th anniversary of Shakepeare’s death – so to receive this accolade is particularly gratifying.  Well done to all the casts, crews, techies, and venues, who helped to make it possible and ensure the shows were such a success.  Mention must go to our associate producer, Vanessa Karon, who not only appeared in the productions, but was an absolute rock in the behind-the-scenes production side of the whole tour.  Quite simply, these Shakespeare productions would not have existed without her.

Another chance to vote for us in the Journal Culture Awards

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Earlier this year we asked you to vote for us in the Journal Culture awards. If you didn’t get the chance, don’t worry – you have another opportunity!
We’re delighted to see that this year they will be held in Sunderland – at the Minster – on June 30th, and the Journal has opened up the nomination process again, for one week only.
You have until this Sunday, the 17th of May, to head over to their website and vote for I Left My Heart In Roker Park, and the team behind it.
The Journal Culture Awards  aims to recognise outstanding achievements in the arts throughout last year – and we’d like your vote one last time please!  Closing date is 17th May, so you haven’t got long.  It will only take a few minutes, and you’ll really help to establish Cranked Anvil in the North East Arts scene, as we strive to do bigger and better things in the coming year.

There are several categories in which you could cast a vote, so if you have the time, please feel free to vote in all of them (details below).

Voting form is here

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR  (vote for ‘Cranked Anvil – I Left My Heart In Roker Park’)

 This award is for a group or company who you have seen or heard in 2014. Has a performance in the North East raised the hairs on the back of your neck, moved or inspired you? If the answer is yes we want to hear about it. Examples could include dance, music, stage/theatre or comedy productions.
 

PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR  (vote for ‘Paul Dunn’)

 This award will recognise an individual performer who has stood out during 2014. We’re welcoming nominations for actors, dancers, musicians, singers, spoken word artists and comedians. Nominations can be for one stand out performance which got your attention or for a collection of performances throughout the year.
 

WRITER OF THE YEAR  (vote for ‘Tom Kelly’ – writer of I Left My Heart…)

 This award will recognise an author, playwright, screenwriter or poet who has had some outstanding work published or performed during 2014.
Thanks everyone!

Cranked Anvil awarded “Best of 2014”

Mon 12 Jan 2015

It’s been a quiet few months for us at Anvil HQ, as we’ve all rested and recovered from the whirlwind that was I Left My Heart In Roker Park. (Although our director Paul Dunn has been anything but resting: since leaving his heart in Roker Park for the last time he appeared in ION Production’s Xmas Laffalang and the Consett Empire panto Aladdin, as well as starting work on a huge writing project for 2015.)

Regular visitors to this website and friends of Cranked Anvil will know that the play was extremely well received, both by audiences and critics, and the icing on the cake is to have had the play declared ‘Best Revival of 2014’.

Peter Lathan, writing for the British Theatre Guide, declared our production (along with the Guild of Lillian’s Get Up And Tie Your Fingers) to be the best revivals of 2014. You can read Peter’s review of our production here.

Naturally, we’re delighted with this ‘Best Revival’ accolade, and are planning to build on our success in 2015.

We hope to see you at one of our productions.