Our production of Angel Meadow, staged in a disused pub in Ancoats this summer, was a huge hit with audiences and critics alike, and now it has been recognised by the awards world with news that its director, Louise Lowe, has been nominated for a UK Theatre Award in the Best Director category.
Described by The Times as “challenging, surreal, disturbing, and ferociously intense”, and The Daily Telegraph as “too fierce to dismiss… a superb piece of programming” Angel Meadow, presented by ANU Productions of Dublin, depicted the harsh and dangerous world that Irish immigrants to Manchester would have experienced in the late 19th century.
“I am truly honoured to be nominated for this award and to be in the company of such esteemed colleagues and peers,” says Louise. “I can’t think of a better way to end what was a wonderful time working on Angel Meadow. It was a privilege and a joy to make. Historically described as a ‘sordid hell on earth at the centre of the industrial world’, our interactive performance in the inner city area of Ancoats brought the area into a contemporary context where past and present collided.
“Launching the debut season of HOME, it was an important project in many ways and one which was a pleasure from start to finish. It was a thrill to learn about and present this unknown Irish story in Manchester. Likewise, it was a joy to work with such a remarkable team of artists and collaborators who worked tirelessly throughout the development and presentation of the work. Of course none of it would have been possible without the artistic vision of Walter Meierjohann, David Fry and all the team at HOME who welcomed us as if we were, indeed, coming home.”
The UK Theatre Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday 19 October at the prestigious Guildhall in London. Click here to see a full list of nominations.