The Lyric Theatre is delighted to announce that Rachel O'Riordan has received a TMA Best Director nomination for the Lyric's production of The Absence of Women, written by Owen McCafferty. The TMA Theatre Awards ceremony celebrates the best of British theatre from around the United Kingdom.
Artistic Director Richard Croxford commented: “Rachel brings incredible skills to any rehearsal room and any production. This is a well deserved nomination for Rachel and especially for The Absence of Women which she directed beautifully bringing out the best in the performers and the piece. We’re really keen to support new writing and local talent and this nomination helps highlight the strong work of the Lyric on a national stage.”
The Absence of Women was produced by the Lyric in February 2010 during the Lyric’s offsite season at Elmwood Hall before a regional tour of Northern Ireland. Rachel O’Riordan was also nominated for Best Director for the Lyric’s production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in 2007.
This year’s TMA (Theatrical Management Association) Awards will be presented at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, on Sunday 7 November. The event will be hosted by dancer, director and actor Craig Revel Horwood. TMA members include repertory and producing theatres, arts centres, touring companies and venues, major national companies and independent producers, opera and dance companies and associated businesses.
The 2010 event, which takes place against an unprecedented background of likely cuts in arts funding, is a timely reminder of the huge range and extraordinary quality of theatrical talent that the United Kingdom has to offer.