ICTheatre Manchester celebrate at annual awards ceremony

24 May, 2024

The students of ICTheatre Manchester took centre stage on Thursday afternoon to celebrate a year’s worth of outstanding achievements in the performing arts. The historic Dancehouse Theatre provided a fitting backdrop as students from all three year groups and their proud lecturers gathered for the annual event that honours the hard work, creativity and dedication of the school’s young actors, dancers, and singers over the past academic year.

Hosted by Principal Lecturer Toby Hinson, the event demonstrated the camaraderie and support from the student and staff community at ICTheatre Manchester – whether recognising a standout performance, improved technique, or an exceptional attitude, the students and faculty alike erupted with applause for each other’s successes. This tight-knit family of artists made it clear that one person’s achievement is a victory celebrated by all.

third year Acting for 21st Centry students pose at awards ceremony
Third Year Acting for 21st Centry students celebrate at the ceremony


The winners of the awards:

  • Acting for the 21st Century pathway Awards (Presented by Mark Winstanley and Bill Hopkinson)
    • Level 4
      • Most Improved – Matthew Bingham
      • The Grafter Award – Emilia Malkiewicz
      • The Attitude Award – Sophie Barker
    • Level 5
      • Cicley Berry Voice & Text Award – Sarah Jayne Dean
      • Jim Carey Award – Most Physical Performer – Keaton Bailey
      • Wild Card – Boldest Performance – Billy Perry
    • Level 6
      • Screen Award – Ash-Leigh McDowell
      • Stage Award – Nico Martin
      • The Performance Pleasure Award – Zinnia Cham
  • Contemporary Musical Theatre pathway Awards (Presented by Holly Rostron and Katie Ritson)
    • Consistently Enthusiastic Learner
      • Level 4 – Hollie Holmes
      • Level 5 – Max Cockcroft
      • Level 6 – Charlotte Leeming
    • Most Creative Performance Award
      • Level 4 – Will O’Hare
      • Level 5 – Ophelia Gibson-Renshaw
      • Level 6 – Rory Jeffery
    • Team Player Awards – Can Do Attitude
      • Level 4 – Eden Cusack
      • Level 5 – Caitlin Purnell
      • Level 6 – Megan Snailham
    • Hip Hop Artistry pathway Awards (Presented by Ross Woods and Laura Carroll)
      • Most Improved
        • Level 4 – Libby Jones
        • Level 5 – Eli Larn
        • Level 6 – Gianluca Papa
      • Top Team Player
        • Level 4 – Charlotte Shaw
        • Level 5 – Leah Cornforth
        • Level 6 – Elsie Shepherd
      • Top Freestyler
        • Level 4 – Mila Danon
        • Level 5 – Liv Lamb
        • Level 6 – Cesar Theodorescu
      • ICTheatre Awards
        • Personal Achievement / Resilience Award (presented by Kitty Ball)
          • Holly Foster
        • The Spirit of ICT Award (presented by Jen Seo and Laura Carroll)
          • Level 4 – Khanyile Thokoza
          • Level 5 – Rebecca Smith
          • Level 6 – Charlotte Leeming
        • Head of School Award (presented by John Harrison)
          • Lois Hilton
Contremporary Musical Theatre year 3 pose at awards ceremony
Third Year Contemporary Musical Theatre students celebrate at the ceremony


After the awards had concluded, the ICTheatre Manchester community attended a reception where the celebrations continued.  Principle Lecturer Katie Ritson, commented:

It was wonderful to be able to come together with students from all years, and pathways, and round off the academic year, celebrating their hard-work and successes this year. It was also the perfect opportunity for us all to bid a fond farewell to our graduating cohort before they leave us to take their next steps in the world. We’re enormously proud of all of our ICTheatre family, and what they’ve achieved this year, and it was the biggest joy to celebrate them all.

Productions Manager Adam Martin, created a highlight video for the final year students to showcase some of the amazing work they have done during their time at ICTheatre Manchester.

Well done to everyone at ICTheatre Manchester for an amazing year.

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