LONDON – Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell has won in five of nine categories in the OffWestend.com People’s Vote awards. Announced at the Offwestend.com ‘Offies’ Ceremony, held in the newly reopened Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre, the People’s Vote allows the public to vote for their favourite theatre venue across nine different categories.
The team at the Blue Elephant were especially delighted to win ‘Most Welcoming Venue’ and ‘Best Programming Policy’. Being a small fringe theatre with minimal resources, great emphasis is placed on making everyone who enters feel welcome and that the theatre is a place ‘for them’. Blue Elephant Theatre’s programming policy primarily focuses on supporting emerging artists to create and present new work with recent new initiatives including the launch of residencies, the Elephantology Festival for recent graduates showcasing work created in training and the commission of The Wolf Inside Me by Blue Elephant Theatre’s Youth Board.
Says co-Artistic Directors Niamh de Valera and Jo Sadler-Lovett, who were at the ceremony to collect the Blue Elephant’s accolades: “We are touched and delighted to receive these awards. There’s an incredible team of staff, volunteers, artists and participants who make Blue Elephant the place it is. We are always striving to improve and offer more and it is so rewarding to have that recognised in this way”.