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Finborough wins 2012 Peter Brook Empty Space Award

The Finborough Theatre has won the 2012 Peter Brook Empty Space Award, the second time the Earls Court venue has won the £2000 prize.

The Finborough, which won for "its dynamic flow of brilliant productions", was nominated alongside National Theatre Wales, Southwark Playhouse (last year's winner), NT Watch This Space, Paines Plough and the Ustinov Studio.

Also announced yesterday were the winners of the newly established Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award (Instant Classics Company and White Bear Theatre) and Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award (Red Handed Theatre Company).

According to press, "In order for gifted companies to present their work in London and for the Fringe/Studio Theatres to afford to book them, this subsidy has been established. The annual Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award of £1500, covering two weeks at £750 per week will be awarded each year in perpetuity with the hope that matching funds will be made available. The annual Peter Brook/Equity Ensemble Award of £2000 is to help establish deeper development of ensemble work within the studio theatres."

Elsewhere, the Dan Crawford Innovation Award (£2000) went to Hackney's The Yard for its "singular avant-garde theatre and stimulating use of space in the Hackney Wick area".

The Peter Brook/Mobius Award was given to The Lowry in Salford for its concentration on early development of new companies, for which it received a cheque of £1000 from Dan Pursey of Mobius.

And the Peter Brook Special Achievement Award was given to Stephen Daldry and Ruth Mackenzie for their "extraordinary work during the Olympics in emphasising theatre in a sports-oriented event".

The Empty Space Awards, now in their 23rd year, were founded and are run by Blanche Marvin. They are presented in recognition of the pioneering concepts or innovations that, in the spirit of the legendary director Peter Brook, are achieved by venues who perform in smaller studio spaces and receive "comparatively little or no public funding".


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