Suzanne Andrade and '1927'
Suzanne Andrade joined the Junior School in Addison Road, as a Teaching Assistant, for a relatively short time in 2004. She quickly showed that she could turn her hand to most things - as one of her first jobs was to produce a car that could 'drive' across the stage in an end of term production!
She put 100% into supporting the teacher and children in the classroom but would often disappear at break-times and could be seen writing notes in a tiny notebook. She later revealed that observing the children gave her lots of inspiration - and she was jotting down ideas for her 'other' job of writing and performing poetry, in the evening - to adults.
When she left Henry Maynard she planned to try to develop her writing talents into a full time career. She definitely achieved this goal as before long, she was performing at the Edinburgh Festival.
In 2005 Suzanne joined animator & illustrator Paul Barritt to form their company called 1927 and were soon joined by Esme Appleton and Lillian Henley. They combined their talents to produce a show which was a combination of performance and live music with animation.
Their debut show at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2007, was called Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and they unexpectedly won an amazing 5 awards!
Since then they have performed all over the world and continued to produce new shows and win awards:
Winner Total Theatre Award 2007
Winner Herald Angel Award 2007
Winner Fringe First Award 2007
Winner Glasgow Arches Brick Award 2007
Winner Carol Tambor Award 2007
Winner The Peter Brook Empty Space/Equity Ensemble Award 2008
Winner OFFIE Best Entertainment Award 2011
Winner Best Theatre Production Clonmel Festival 2013
Winner Best Design Opera World Awards 2013
Winner Critics Circle Award for Design 2015
Winner Knights of Illumination Award for Projection 2015
1927 has also been nominated for Southbank Show, New York Drama Desk, Melbourne Green Room, London Evening Standard and Helen Hayes Awards.