We were delighted to win Best Theatre Company at the first What’s On Cornwall Awards on Friday.
Celebrating the arts and leisure industry in Cornwall as featured every week in the What's On supplements of The West Briton, Cornish Guardian and Cornishman, the awards were presented at the Eden Project by What's On editor Lee Trewhela. Thank you to everyone who voted!
On winning the award, Emma Rice said:
“We are the luckiest people on the planet. We get to play, create, travel, communicate and dream for a living.
“But luck is also created. Over 34 years, Kneehigh has thrived through a fierce commitment to, and passion for the theatre we make and the audiences we entertain. We have never sat back, but always pushed ourselves to test the boundaries. We have huge words written on the walls of our Barns. Almost a manifesto, but also a reminder of what matters if ever we get lost in the woods. Passion, bravery, generosity, flexibility, joy, naughtiness and ambition.
“So, with these words in mind, we dedicate this award to everybody over the last 34 years who has helped make Kneehigh the company it is - actors, administrators, makers, musicians, teachers, cooks, artists and audiences. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
We were also delighted that Simon Harvey received the Editor's Choice Award for his tireless work in theatre and film in Cornwall. In the past year, Simon has directed Black Fish's Alaska and Rabbit Theatre's Great Expectations as well as o-region's The Dead Monkey and Stay Brave Brian Gravy, BishBashBosh's Jamaica Inn, C-Scape's If The Shoe Fits, Owdyado's Wrongdoings And Wake-up Calls, and Near-Ta's 24UK and Christmas Time.
All this plus being Kneehigh’s Associate Director, travelling to Australia to work on Brief Encounter… oh and becoming a dad for the second time too! Our warmest congratulations go to Simon – well deserved!