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Billie Piper in Yerma at Young Vic. Image: Johan Persson

Yerma at Young Vic wins Oliver Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress

10 April 2017

Simon Stone's updated version of Federico García Lorca's play Yerma has won two Oliver Awards: Best Revival and Best Actress, going to Billie Piper.

The Assistant Director that worked with Simon Stone on Yerma was Sophie Moniram, supported through the Jerwood Assistant Directors Program at the Young Vic. In the 2016 season at the theatre, Assistant Directors worked on productions including If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me; Blue/Orange; and Cuttin’ It.

The Jerwood Assistant Director Program at the Young Vic supports directors in the early stages of their careers by providing a vital opportunity to obtain professional on-the-job development. The partnership was set up in 2010 to give emerging talent the chance to work alongside some of the most talented and experienced directors in the world.

It has become a successful springboard and past participants include: Elayce Ismail who assisted Joe Wright on A Season In The Congo, received the 2014 the JP Morgan Award at the National Theatre Studio and will be directing the Young Vic’s Taking Part Schools Project in 2016; Jeff James who assisted Ivo van Hove on A View From The Bridge continued working with the production as it moved to the West End and then Broadway as Associate Director. In September Jeff directed his first show in The Maria at the Young Vic, La Musica; Nel Crouch who assisted Richard Jones on The Trial received the BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship where she assisted Andrew Hilton on Living Quarters and John Nicholson on a new version of The Light Princess. Nel recently led a week of R&D at the Tobacco Factory for a Bucket Club show for Edinburgh 2016.

https://directorsprogram.youngvic.org/directors-program