North-east man nominated for Tony Award for his work on acclaimed play

North-east man nominated for Tony Award for his work on acclaimed play

Aberdeen designer Finn Ross has been nominated for a Tony Award for his video projection for the National Theatre’s hugely-successful production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

The play, which has already won an amazing seven Olivier Awards and is simultaneously running in the West End and Broadway, as well as on a major UK tour which will take it to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this September, been nominated for six Tony Awards in New York.

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, June 7 and the play’s nominations are for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Marianne Elliott), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Alex Sharp), Best Choreography (Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett), and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Paule Constable) as well as a joint nomination for Finn and Bunny Christie for Best Scenic Design of a Play.

Aberdeen-born Finn has also been nominated for the American Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design, to be awarded on Sunday, May 31.

He said: “I'm stunned, thrilled, amazed and honoured to be nominated. I am so happy America has taken so warmly to our show and amazed at the journey from a small studio to Broadway has gone this far. And to be nominated with another Scot is brilliant!”

The video and projection designer is a former pupil of Aboyne Academy and a graduate of the Central School for Speech and Drama in London. He specialises in integrating live and pre-recorded images, animations, and such like into a live performance environment.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time producer Chris Harper said: “We are absolutely delighted that Scottish design duo, Bunny Christie and Finn Ross were yesterday nominated for a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for Curious Incident.

“Bunny and Finn’s designs are simply breathtaking and bring to life Mark Haddon’s story beautifully with a deceptively simple set from Bunny and stunning video projection from Finn. Aberdeen audiences have a treat in store when the show arrives at His Majesty’s in September.”

Director Marianne Elliott said of the nominations: “It is incredible to be nominated alongside such remarkable Broadway productions. Credit should go to my fellow creatives who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively alongside the cast in pursuit of portraying the story of an extraordinary young boy.”

The New York production of Curious Incident has in total received a total of 20 theatre awards this month.

The UK production of Simon Stephens’ adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received a total of seven Olivier Awards in 2013, which included Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the National Theatre’s record-breaking production of War Horse. The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

The show tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone. He stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion.

He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The central role of Christopher is played by Joshua Jenkins with Geraldine Alexander as his teacher Siobhan, Roberta Kerr as Mrs Alexander, Stuart Laing as his father Ed, Gina Isaacs as Judy and Clare Perkins as Mrs Shears.  The cast is completed by Chris Ashby (alternate Christopher), Emmanuella Cole (Punk Girl), Edward Grace (Mr Thompson), Lucas Hare (Roger Shears), John McAndrew (Reverend Peters) with Kieran Garland, Ann Marcuson, Paul Sockett and Jessica Williams in the ensemble.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which will be staged at His Majesty’s from Tuesday to Saturday, September 1 to 5, are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Wednesday 29 April

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