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Archie Bronson Outfit and 'Maria' vy for South Bank Show Award

Archie Bronson Outfit

Story by Jack Foley

ARCHIE Bronson Outfit have been shortlisted for The South Bank Show Awards/The Times Breakthrough Award 2007, along with Breaking & Entering newcomer Rafi Gavron for Film and The Sound Of Music‘s Connie Fisher for Theatre.

The 11th annual awards will be presented by Melvyn Bragg at the Savoy Hotel on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, and will honour the UK’s most creative and popular artists of the year

The winner of the Breakthrough Award will be chosen by a public vote organised through The Times newspaper, to be announced on the day of the awards. This year’s nominees also include David Oyelowo for TV Drama and Simon Amstell for Comedy.

The South Bank Show Awards are unique in that they span the whole range of arts in Britain. There are 10 categories in all: Theatre, Film, Dance, Classical Music, Pop Music, Opera, Literature, Comedy, Visual Arts and TV Drama, as well as The Arts Council England – decibel Award and Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

The South Bank Show Awards/The Times Breakthrough Award was introduced in 2005 with the likes of Razorlight and James McAvoy nominated. The film director Amma Asante was voted the eventual winner and went on to scoop a BAFTA for her debut film, A Way of Life.

The 2006 awards saw a new crop of rising stars battling it out for the Breakthrough Award including the director Joe Wright and rapper M.I.A.. Billie Piper, riding on the back of her success in the new Doctor Who series, was crowned the winner on the day.

This year’s nominations reflect the wealth of talent across the arts that have come to the fore over the last year.

David Oyelowo starred in the controversial BBC Two drama Shoot the Messenger; Rafi Gavron was singled out by critics for his role in the film Breaking and Entering; Connie Fisher stormed to victory in BBC One’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and went on to critical acclaim in The Sound of Music; Archie Bronson Outfit, a 3-piece group from Wiltshire made an impact with their album Derdang Derdang; TV presenter and former host of ‘Popworld’ (C4) Simon Amstell, returned to his comedy roots in 2006 with a successful debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as the new host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two); and Scottish author Jane Harris made a stunning debut with her novel The Observations.

The nominees in full
Alison Balsom for Classical Music

(trumpet player who has introduced the instrument into the mainstream)

Andrew Kennedy for Opera

(played the role of ‘Ferrando’ in Glyndebourne on Tour’s production of Cosi Fan Tutti)

Connie Fisher for Theatre

(currently in the role of ‘Maria’ in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium)

Jane Harris for Literature

(debut novel The Observations, Faber)

Rafi Gavron for Film

(debut in Anthony Minghella’s ‘Breaking and Entering’)

David Oyelowo for TV Drama

(lead in BBC Two’s ‘Shoot The Messenger’)

Archie Bronson Outfit for Pop

(album ‘Derdang Derdang’)

Simon Amstell for Comedy

(stand-up debut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as the new host of ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, BBC)

Jamie Shovlin for Visual Art

(Solo exhibition ‘In Search of Perfect Harmony’ at Tate Britain)

Jonathan Goddard for Dance

(dancer with Richard Alston Dance Company and for his performance in Alston’s new ‘Gypsy Mixture’ earlier this year)