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Actress in a Leading Role

Over the past few years the panel has genuinely struggled to pare down the size of this category, which reflects the strength of performances and breadth of female roles offered.

(Reporter: Carmel Thomason)

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Actor in a Supporting Role

David Birrell was pronounced the winner for another morally certain, if perhaps less sympathetic, character of Mayor Peter Stockmann as he went into battle with his brother in An Enemy of the People at the Octagon.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

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Actress in a Supporting Role

Natasha Davidson as Catherine in A View From the Bridge gave a performance described by one panellist as, “an intoxicating blend of gauche innocence and temptation”, adding more depth and richness to her relationship with uncle Eddie. It was this impressive portrayal that took the prize.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

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Actor in a Visiting Production

You could barely imagine a more wide-ranging group of productions than the four from which our nominees were drawn.

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

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Actress in a Visiting Production

Hmm, what might it tell us that three out of the four nominations in this category this year were actually for performances in musicals?

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)

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Performance in a Studio Production

In Joseph Wilde’s Cuddles Cara Langley portrayed probably the most extreme character depicting the unhinged mindset of Eve, someone so far outside of society’s norms as to be barely civilised.

(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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Performance in a Fringe Production

The vital importance of an actor in communicating the theme of a play to the audience was made very clear with some superb Fringe performances in 2015.

(Reporter: David Cunningham)

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Ensemble

This category exists to draw attention to performances where the whole cast distinguish themselves, rather than individuals.

(Reporter: Robert Beale)

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Production

A play that left director David Thacker with “unfinished business” after a production of his transferred to the West End a few years ago, A View From the Bridge, has featured in several categories for his revival for the Octagon and was a hot contender for Best Production.

(Reporter: David Chadderton)

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Visiting Production

Who among us hasn’t tried to reconstruct a moment from our lives that had further-reaching consequences than we had ever expected?

(Reporter: Kevin Bourke)