Award Winner Anya Malinowska

Dramacube Scoop Four Awards!

The Arts Richmond Swan Awards may have been switched to a virtual event this year but there was still much anticipation, particularly at Dramacube where we received a record eight nominations including:

BEST BOY PERFORMER UNDER 14: Finn Bralow as Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz; Jamie Brinsden as Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz; Joseph Kirwan as Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz; BEST GIRL PERFORMER UNDER 14; Daisy Allen as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; Anya Malinowska as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; Sejal Khadakkar as Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz; BEST DESIGN ELEMENT; David Gates for Projections in The Wizard of Oz and BEST YOUTH PRODUCTION; The Wizard of Oz, Co-directed by Matthew Bunn and Stephen Leslie.

The virtual ceremony, which took place on Sunday 13th September was hosted by the Mayor of Richmond and as the

Award Winner Jamie Brinsden

7.00pm start approached the excitement built and with good reason as the first of the Youth Awards was announced.  “And the winner of the Best Girl Performer Under 14 is … Anya Malinowska for her performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz”

The first award was announced and we were delighted that it went to Dramacube student Anya Malinowska.

Next up was ‘Best Boy Performer Under 14’ “and the winner is … Jamie Brinsden for his performance as Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.”

Two awards in and we’d won them both!  Celebrations all round but next up was the award for Best Youth Production, an award we’d never previous won.

“And the winner of the Best Youth Production is …. Dramacube’s Wizard of Oz”

The awards kept coming and our final chance of winning another award was for Best Design Element.  For this, David Gates, one of our back stage creative team had been nominated for his projections in the Wizard of Oz.  “And the winner of Best Design Element is …. David Gates for Projections in The Wizard of Oz”

Four out of Four!  It was an amazing night for us and we were so thrilled that our talented young performers had been recognized for their brilliant show.

The judges see hundreds of children every year so being narrowed down to the final four is a great achievement and particular praise goes to Jamie Brinsden, Anya Malinowska, David Gates and all of our four Wizard of Oz casts who now have the honour of saying they were part of the Best Youth Production in the Richmond Borough.