Last week on Friday 18th October the annual awards for Action for Children’s Arts took place at the Unicorn Theatre, London.
After an introduction by David Wood OBE, the Special Achievement Award 2013 for an outstanding contribution to children’s arts was presented to Lyn Gardner. As the only national newspaper theatre critic to regularly review plays for children of all ages, Lyn Gardner definitely deserves this distinction.
Also the J.M. Barrie Award was presented last Friday. This outstanding award is presented every year to an individual artist whose work for children will, in the opinion of the charity’s trustees, stand the test of time. This year Lynne Reid Banks was honoured for her life time’s achievement in children’s arts.
But Lyn and Lynne weren’t the only ones who were honoured on Friday. Our very own Artistic Director Daryl Beeton got an ACA Member’s award. These awards are presented to individuals and organisations whose work has made an outstanding contribution to ACA’s aim of enriching children’s lives through the arts.
Daryl was nominated by Vicky Ireland MBE, who described him as an original and clever theatre artist, who cherishes and does his best for all children. His work as chair of TYA UK’s Disability/Inclusivity team has led to the development of a major new strand within the world-wide organisation of theatre for young people. We all congratulate Daryl and think this outstanding award is well deserved!