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DAMIEN MOLONY AND WILLIAM GAMINARA NOMINATED FOR OFF WEST END THEATRE AWARDS

 
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The Body Of An American has received four Off West End Theatre Awards nominations, including Best Male for Damien and William Gaminara, joint leads in the 2 man play.

Written by Dan O’Brien, the play is also nominated for Best New Play, with James Dacre nominated for Best Director.

After a highly successful run at The Gate Theatre (London) 16 January – 14 February and The Royal & Derngate (Northampton) 27 February – 8 March, The Body Of An Americanreceived excellent reviews for both production and performances. With only the two actors performing a multitude of roles using different accents in a fast-paced dialogue, and close-up staging with a vivid backdrop of footage and filming, it has been described as innovative and intimate. A minimalist set comprising two chairs and a narrow run way covered with ‘snow’, placed the audience inches away from the actors, resulting in an intense and unique live theatre experience, exactly the kind recognised by The Off West End Theatre Awards, which aim to

"celebrate the excellence, innovation and ingenuity of independent theatres across London”

and

"help raise the profile and status of independent theatres in London by giving them greater power to promote their work individually and collectively and to reward the new talent that they nurture.”

 

See below for the other nominations in the same categories.

Best Male
William Gaminara for The Body Of An American at the Gate
Damien Molony for The Body Of An American at the Gate
Joe Morgan in Kiss Me Figaro at Riverside Studios
Michael Mullen in Superior Donuts at Southwark Playhouse
Chris New for Smallholding at Soho Theatre
Rufus Wright for The One at Soho Theatre
Robin Soans for Visitors at the Arcola
Rob Ward for Away From Home at Jermyn St Theatre
Harry McEntire for Debris at Southwark Playhouse

Best New Play
The Body Of An American by Dan O’Brien at the Gate
We Are Proud To Present by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Bush Theatre
Never Mind The Botox by Nick Reed at the White Bear Theatre
Visitors by Barney Norris at the Arcola

Best Director
Kirk Jameson for The World Goes Round at the Union Theatre
James Dacre for The Body of an American at the Gate
Laurence Boswell for A Lady Of Little Sense at the Arcola
Patrick Sandford for Smallholding at Soho Theatre
Gbolahan Obisesan for We Are Proud To Present at the Bush Theatre
Alice Hamilton for Visitors at the Arcola
Jude Christian for for I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole at the Gate
David Mercatali for Dark Vanilla Jungle at Soho Theatre
Guy Retallack for MacBeth at Bridge House Theatre
Tom Littler for Martine at the Finborough Theatre
Abigail Graham for Debris at Southwark Playhouse

 

Nominations continue to be added throughout 2014 and the winners will be announced spring 2015.

For more info on The Off West End Awards and the complete nominations list, visit the official website.

 
 

To comment and discuss Damien’s ‘Offie’ nom with other fans here.

 
 

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I have to admit, I feel a little thrill that The Body of an American, and Damien and William have nominations.  I haven't seen many plays and this is the first one I've felt such an intimate connection with.  Saw it 3 times, met Damien and William twice, went to the Q&A which also included James Dacre, have tweeted with Dan.  To say I'm hoping they win each category they are nominated in is an understatement!

Damien vs William is a toughy!  Both men were enthralling, their performances were intense, mesmerizing.  And meeting both men... both definitely deserve awards.  However, and I don't say this just because I was a Damien fan before TBOAA, Damien edges out William.  His transformation into Dan was spectacular.  I asked in the Q&A if he tried to emulate Dan (having met the man in the flesh) and I was told no, but from the few interviews I saw of Dan, he definitly picked up on his mannerisms and speech patterns.  And while focus of the play was on Paul's story, it was Dan's story that moved me the most, Damien's performance showing all the anguish and pain Dan kept hidden most of the time.  Both men's backstories were filled with ghosts, painful things they'd seen, painful relationships.  But Damien's performance was truly heartbreaking, everything in his body language from the actual crying tears (He cried about 5 times whereas whenever William cried he just hid his head but no tears came out) to his defeated posture, his lip and chin quivering, even finger tapping! (though that was for another character that he did a fabulous job with)... it was just heartbreaking.  It felt so real.   

I cannot wait to see if they win.  They must!  



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oh yes, it is going to come down to that isnt it.. William or Damien! wish they were not competing as by all accounts it sounds like they both gave their absolute all, with incredible standout performances from both.. and with the role switching it seems like it should be a joint award.

Thank you for those deeper insights into their performances whimsy, funny I was just watching one of my fave scenes from BH 4 where Kirby is taunting Hal and a single tear rolls down his cheek... amazing Damien can do that in a live performance, repeatedly... such talent... and boy that must have taken so much stamina, surprised he didn't collapse in a heap at the end of every performance. I wasn't there (sadly) but.. bra-frikkin-vo Damo!



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I agree whimsy.  The two performances were so intertwined that it's almost difficult to distinguish between them....in fact - as I've said before - everything about this production was perfect and I would love to see all of the nominees win.....it's unfortunate that Damien and William are both in the same catgory!  But, ulitminately, Damien took on the majority of characters and managed to make them all distictive and believable - it was amazing to watch him become one character after another - and he was just phenominal as Dan....



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I really hope it comes to NY.

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I totally agree with Whimsy that Damien was heartbreaking in The Body of an American. I was totally blown away by what a phenomenal actor he is having only seen him on Ripper Street before seeing this play. He was standing just feet away from me with tears rolling down his face. Incredibly moving play and so intimate and involving.

My friend who came to the theatre with me "didn't like it" when Damien looked at her! *shakes head in bewilderment*

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I've got my fingers crossed!

 

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Exciting! and fingers crossed for Damien, William and Dan. Thank you for posting fifi

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Sadly TBOAA missed out on the OFFIES, so surprising as there is no more deserving play, from writing to performance and production - a most imaginative, intimate, original, innovative piece of theatre.

But huge congratulations to Damien, William and Dan on the very well deserved noms ! hug

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Need to research play more... Any suggestions where to start please?

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