WhatsOnStage today announces the launch of the WhatsOffStage Awards, a brand new initiative recognising venues and their staff for the work they do off stage and celebrating their contribution to the industry and theatregoing experience.
The awards introduce a Most Accessible Theatre award which covers more than just “wheelchair friendly”. It will recognise theatre’s who create accessible experiences with audio-described and captioned performances or performances for those with special needs such as autism or dementia.
Like the WhatsOnStage Awards, nominees and winners for the WhatsOffStage Awards will be voted for by the public. Voting will be open on 12 September and close on 5 October. The winners will be announced at a small, private ceremony on Friday 19 October.
WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “We are delighted to announce the first ever WhatsOffStage Awards this year. We want to celebrate areas of the industry that don’t always receive the recognition they deserve but which are instrumental in ensuring audiences and communities are able to engage with and enjoy live theatre. These awards are a huge round of applause for all those unsung heroes who make the theatregoing experience the best it can possibly be!”
Other award categories include Best Front of House Team, Best Box Office, Best Stage Door, Best Food & Drink, Most Child-Friendly Theatre, Best Community Theatre, Best Theatre Facilities, Best Theatre Website and Favourite Theatre.
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