Offies – Proposed New Categories

Discussions are being held about proposed new categories for the Offies from 2019 – current ideas are summarised below:

SHORT RUN

These awards are for shows with at least 4 performances (over 4 separate days) but fewer than the 9 performances over 3 weeks required for the Core awards.

This is presently limited to Opera, Young People’s Theatre (in 3 age groups), IDEA (immersive, devised, experiential or atypical) and Performance Piece (though shows with longer runs are also eligible for this award).

However, limiting these awards to these categories means that many productions at many venues are not eligible for any Offies awards.  The idea is to introduce some new categories that would mean more venues and productions being eligible for an award. 

It is probably not possible to have awards for areas such as performance or design as it would be very difficult for any assessors to see all the eligible shows in order to ensure that the final decisions on finalists and winners were fair and balanced.  However, it may be possible to do this if we focus the awards on categories such as the following:

  • Play (new writing)
  • Play (revival)
  • Musical (new writing & music)
  • Musical (revival)

We welcome comments on the above or ideas for other categories that would be relevant to the work at those OffWestEnd venues that focus on short runs – please email your ideas to info@offwestend.com

PUBLIC VOTE

OffWestEnd has organised a Public Vote since 2010 (though not in 2017) where the public is encouraged to vote for their favourite venue in a range of categories.  Over the years, the three main categories have been:

  • Best Foodie Experience
  • Best Theatre Bar
  • Most Welcoming Theatre

Some additional categories are currently being considered, such as the following:

  • Best Programmes
  • Most Comfortable
  • Sustainability Commitment
  • Online Info & Booking
  • Outreach & Community Work
  • Programming Policy

We welcome comments on the above or ideas for other categories that would be relevant to the work at those OffWestEnd venues that focus on short runs – please email your ideas to info@offwestend.com

STUDENT AWARDS

Finally, there are discussions about the possibility of some awards for final year shows at London’s drama schools.  More information on this idea will be available shortly.