Stars from theatre and television world, critics and theatre lovers gathered on Sun 3 February in the beautiful newly-renovated Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre to celebrate the 9th Off West End Theatre Awards, the Offies.
With OFFIES director Geoffrey Brown presiding over the ceremony, the awards were presented by theatre luminaries including critic Lyn Gardner, who received an impromptu ovation from the audience, writer Ben Okri OBE, Julie Ward MEP, legendary actor & OffWestEnd Patron Linda Marlowe, Terri Paddock of My Theatre Mates & StageFaves, Tim Webb MBE, and two of the Offies “Patron Saints” – Catherine Kodicek and Paul Arditti amongst others. A number of winners of the Offies 2018 also presented awards: Amber Massie-Blomfield, Jo Martin, Kerry Michael, Leo G Skilbeck, Mimi Ndiweni, Neil Docking and T’Shan Williams. Awards were also presented by representatives of the Offies sponsors: White Light, AKA (marketing agency), estage, and the Shaw Theatre.
Ben Okri OBE and Abby Wright accept Production award at the 2019 OFFIES Awards at Battersea Arts Centre, Sun 3 Feb 2019. Photo Jemima Yong
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