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Rose Theatre Kingston Announce Fay Lomas As Winner Of The Inaugural Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship

Rose Theatre Kingston Announce Fay Lomas As Winner Of The Inaugural Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship

Rose Theatre Kingston today announce Fay Lomas as the winner of the inaugural Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship (PHEAF), an award introduced to commemorate the legacy of Sir Peter Hall, founding Artistic Director of the theatre.

As the chosen Fellow, Lomas will work with a number of theatre practitioners through the year-long residency. She will be mentored by members of the Rose executive team and will receive a bursary of £10,000 over the period. The residency will conclude with Lomas staging a production in Rose Theatre Kingston's Studio.

The winner was selected by a panel including Associate Director of Curve, Suba Das; Executive Producer of Rose Theatre Kingston, Jerry Gunn; Artistic Director of Theatre503, Lisa Spirling and Tony and Olivier Award nominated director Melly Still.

Fay Lomas, winner of the Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship, also said, "It is a real honour to be appointed as the first Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellow. I've loved watching shows at the Rose ever since attending the theatre when I was still at school, so I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to form part of the team there. I'm very much looking forward to getting started working as an assistant director on next year's brilliant shows, as well as working towards directing my own studio production at the end of the Fellowship."

Jerry Gunn, Executive Producer of Rose Theatre Kingston, said today, "I'm delighted Fay is to become the first Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellow. Fay showed such intelligence and artistic flair in both her application and her interview. The whole panel was very impressed with her. Fay's first involvement with the Rose will be assisting Lindsay Posner on our new production of Stones in His Pockets, after which she will assist Melly Still on the world première of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Lady Hall said, "Peter would have been thrilled both by this Fellowship in his name offering practical support for a young professional building a career in theatre, and by its award to Fay Lomas whose talent, energy and commitment are self-evident. The family wishes her every success and we look forward to seeing her work at the Rose."

Fay Lomas is an emerging theatre director working across the Midlands and London. Her directing credits include The Crucible (Royal & Derngate Northampton Community Company), The Winter's Tale (St Peter's Church, Northampton), Bérénice (The Space) and Blood Wedding (The Bread and Roses). In addition, she has directed new, short plays at Arcola Theatre, Theatre503 and Southwark Playhouse. As an assistant director her credits include The Model Apartment (Ustinov Studio), Macbeth (National Theatre/UK tour), Trouble in Mind (Print Room), Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate Northampton/UK tour), Great Expectations (Royal & Derngate Northampton), Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Theatres) and Half Life (Theatre Royal Bath).

Founded by Sir Peter Hall and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London's Bankside, Rose Theatre Kingston is the largest producing theatre in South West London.

Since opening in 2008, the Rose has collaborated with a range of directors, playwrights and producing partners to create vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions. Recent works include the world premiere of Hogarth's Progress by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear, the first stage adaptation and world premiere of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend adapted by April De Angelis and directed by Melly Still; Zach Helm's hard-hitting play Good Canary directed by John Malkovich; Peter Hall and John Barton's adaptation of The Wars of the Rose directed by Trevor Nunn; David Hare's The Absence of War directed by Jeremy Herrin, and Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather (West End transfer and Olivier Award nominee) directed by Sally Cookson. Future productions include the first major stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières' best-selling novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a co-production with Neil Laidlaw and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Melly Still.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions and a reputation as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.

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