West End Theatre Award for former radio presenter

Nick Hennegan

Nick Hennegan

Former BRMB and BBC Radio WM presenter Nick Hennegan has won a prestigious West End Theatre Award – for a play he created while living in Kings Heath.

Stage One, the charitable arm of The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) gave Nick a new producer’s bursary award for his London Literary Pub Crawl – a show that doesn’t go near a theatre but was inspired by Birmingham’s ghost tours and Nick’s pub theatre work at the Billesley in Kings Heath.

“I’m incredibly flattered to win this award from SOLT. They make and represent the biggest and best theatre in the world,” said Nick.

“I also love the fact that a council estate kid from Billesley can play with the big boys in London. And that the idea for the London Literary Pub Crawl came when I went on the ghost tour in Brum.

“I remember thinking, what if we could make a play out of these stories? When I got to London and sat in the Fitzroy Tavern with pictures of Dylan Thomas, George Orwell and others I thought there must be stories here too. There were and SOLT have kindly recognised this.”

Nick, whose family roots are in County Mayo, moved to London three years ago to take a masters degree.

He will be known known to Midlanders for his shows on BRMB Radio and for putting on many highly acclaimed dramatic productions in Birmingham pubs – especially the Billesley.

He set up Maverick Theatre Company in 1994 with a mission to increase access to the performing arts.

His play P.A.L.S, about four youngsters growing up in Birmingham, received universal audience and critical acclaim and his version of Shakespeare’s Henry V – Lion of England started in Birmingham at the mac and has since gone on to tour the UK and the USA.

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Maverick Theatre and to celebrate the company is releasing a book by Nick about Maverick and Birmingham entitled ‘How To Make A Crisis Out Of A Drama!’

Next month sees the release of Maverick’s first book, the autobiography of a Birmingham Butcher, called Confessions of a Brummie Boy.

The New Producers Bursary, awarded by SOLT’s charitable arm, Stage One, is given to those considered to have an exceptional idea for a production. It comes with a cash award and desk space in Covent Garden.

To find out more visit www.londonliterarypubcrawl.com or www.mavericktheatre.co.uk