RADA graduate wins Best Actor at the Stage Debut Awards
Published: 16 August 2017
The winners of The Stage Debut Awards were announced in London last night, with RADA graduate Abraham Popoola picking up the award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Othello at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol. Abraham graduated in 2016 and played the role in Bristol and on the subsequent tour to Exeter, London and Germany. The production also included fellow 2016 graduate Norah Lopez-Holden as Desdemona, as well as RADA alumni Mark Lockyer as Iago and Kenton Thomas. Abraham is currently performing in Boudica at the Globe Theatre until 1 October.
Also nominated at the Debut Awards was RADA graduate Asif Khan, who was shortlisted for Best Writer for his debut play Combustion. Click here to see the full list of winners, and see below for more information on the nominees.
16 August 2017
The nominations for the first ever Stage Debut Awards were announced last week, and we are delighted to see RADA alumni recognised for their work in both performing and writing.
Abraham Popoola, who graduated from RADA in 2016, is nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the title role of Othello, in a production by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. The show premiered at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol, before touring to Exeter, London and the Neuss Globe Shakespeare Festival in Germany. The cast also included fellow 2016 graduate Norah Lopez-Holden as Desdemona, as well as RADA alumni Mark Lockyer as Iago and Kenton Thomas. Abraham won critical acclaim for his performance, with Lyn Gardner writing in the Guardian: "Newcomers Abraham Popoola and Norah Lopez Holden are outstanding as the doomed lovers".
Also nominated is Asif Khan, who is up for Best Writer for his debut play Combustion, which premiered at Tara Arts before embarking on a UK tour, including two sold-out performances at this year's RADA Festival. A darkly comic look at a group of young Muslims living in Bradford, and what happens when an EDL march hits their city, the show received critical acclaim. The Stage's review described the piece as "deft and powerful" and "impressive, bringing clarity and humour to dark and difficult material". The show has also gained in two OffWestEnd nominations, for Best New Play and Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role for Mitesh Soni.
Launched earlier this year, The Stage Debut Awards are the only UK awards that specifically recognise breakthrough theatre talent, celebrating emerging actors and creatives from around the country. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on 17 September, and the full list shortlist can be found here.