SharkLegs win Les Enfants Terribles Award
The Point is delighted to announce that Associate Artists SharkLegs (Richard Hay and Kezia Cole) have won the coveted Les Enfants Terribles Award. The Award is designed to help an exciting new company produce an original piece of work to take to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Sharklegs were shortlisted as one of nine from over 200 companies following their initial application and were invited to perform a fifteen minute extract of their work-in-progress, The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole, in front of a panel of industry judges on 25th February 2016 at The Pleasance Theatre in London.
The award was open for original pieces and productions (newly written, devised or adapted), and as winners of the LET Award Sharklegs will receive:
• A cash injection of £1000
• A guaranteed slot at The Pleasance Theatre plus additional support from one of the most prestigious venues at the festival.
• Valuable mentoring from Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company.
Artistic Director Owen Calvert-Lyons attended the panel evening, and was thrilled by the incredible reaction from audiences and the panel.
“This award is a great recognition of the talent and potential that SharkLegs have. The impact of an award like this on an emerging company can be huge. The financial support is valuable but it’s the backing from great companies like The Pleasance and Les Enfants Terribles which will help this young company to have a real impact at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The strength of reaction from the crowds at The Pleasance last night shows that audiences are going to love The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole. Everyone at
The Point is very proud of what SharkLegs have achieved.” – Owen Calvert-Lyons
Witty and emotional, whilst perfectly representing the raw elements of human life, The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole was showcased during SharkLegs’ research and development residency in The Point’s Creation Space. The intimate sharing left audiences blown away by the aspirations of the Company, who deftly demonstrated their unique approach to theatre; with the use of heart monitors that capture audience reaction via their heartbeats. The Company will now benefit from additional funding, dedicated mentoring, and a place to showcase their production; the World renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
SharkLegs will soon become Supported Artists following a successful year of development as Associate Artists, during which time they have fully engaged with The Point. Creative Producer Sacha Lee is now on the search for new Associates that work in any performance context and, like SharkLegs, are enthusiastic about their own creative work, and happy to become involved in programmes at The Point.
To find out more visit: www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/artists or email Sacha at firstname.lastname@example.org