Well, it seemed a bit touch and go as to whether we were going to make it to Manchester on Friday 3 March for the MT Awards… The arrival of snow on the Thursday evening and white out on Friday in Buxton – which is something we’re used to up here – but its timing didn’t help matters! So, we donned our wellies, hats, scarves and winter coats to make it to the train station and then made our way to the awards on foot from Piccadilly.
This year, the MTA Awards were hosted at HOME – Manchester’s new arts venue that was Corner House on Oxford Road. On arrival, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly (or orange juice) and made our way to the art gallery on the ground floor where, feeling and looking rather wind swept and soggy from the snow(!) we had our photo taken. We did a bit of celebrity spotting – Arthur Bostrom from ‘Allo ‘Allo!; two Corrie stars who we will know more by their on-screen names – Roy Cropper and Peter Barlow; Louise Brealey from Casualty and Sherlock Holmes; Barrie Rutter from Northern Broadsides, and Anne-Marie Duff who is currently performing at the Royal Exchange in Husbands & Sons. There were plenty of canapés to be had – the goats cheese one a particular favourite with us – and then we headed to the theatre for the awards presentation!
The MT Awards are very much a celebration of theatre and the dramatic arts in Manchester and the surrounding area, and the nominees for all the categories were all high contenders. Categories were interspersed with short performances from current touring productions in the Manchester/north west area. We felt very privileged to have been nominated alongside Opera North, Clonter Opera and the RNCM, but in the end the RNCM triumphed with their production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which one our interns from 2014 starred as Oberon! Several of us from the team went to see the production and they definitely deserved the award – a huge congratulations to everyone who worked on the production!
After the ceremony, we stepped outside to find that all the snow had vanished! Of course, the snow still remained in Buxton and in fact the snow going over the tops on the A34 and near the Cat and Fiddle has only recently disappeared.
The three of us had a good day out – photos from the event can be seen by following the link below!
Lily Bracegirdle Executive Assistant