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Forced Entertainment announce new award

The award is financed by the company's International Ibsen Award win

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Nic Green
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Theatre company Forced Entertainment has announced a new award, set up in memory of Huw Chadbourn the company's co-founder.

The award will recognise one artist or company a year over the next four years. The award is made up of £10,000 as well as mentoring and support.

This year's award will go to Glasgow-based artist Nic Green, whose performance work includes Cock and Bull and TURN. In the past she has won a Herald Angel Award and an Adrian Howells Award for intimate performance.

Forced Entertainment have financed the award following their win of £200,000 for the Ibsen International Award in 2016, which is given every two years. Chadbourn was one of the founder members of Forced Entertainment and died in 2017.

Green said of her win: "I have been inspired and challenged by the work of Forced Entertainment over the years and it's an absolute thrill to be invited into their world through this opportunity, and to consider the future of my own work as I learn more about theirs. I am absolutely delighted."

The award selection process involved the company collaborating with people from the theatre and performance sector.

Artistic director of Forced Entertainment Tim Etchells said: "We are delighted that Nic has been selected as the first recipient of the award – we think her work is urgent, rigorous and has carved out a space all of its own.

"It will be a pleasure and privilege for Forced Entertainment to support Nic in the continuation of this, in this way. We have no doubt that the dialogue with Nic will also bring a lot to us as a company and we're excited to develop a relationship with her through this opportunity."