The Bill Cashmore Award

The Lyric Hammersmith are delighted to be the recipient organisation of the newly established Bill Cashmore Award which will support a young artist to develop their scratch idea into a show to headline the Lyric’s annual Evolution Festival.

The Award has been set up by friends and family of the late Bill Cashmore in his memory – a local actor, director, playwright and the founder of a successful communication training business.

Sasha Bates, Bill’s widow, said:

As soon as I met the team at the Lyric Hammersmith I knew I’d found the perfect partners with whom to celebrate Bill’s legacy. Not only because Bill loved this theatre, which he did, but because the Lyric’s ethos so matches his own. Bill believed in offering young people with creativity and potential the opportunity to find their voice and learn to express it through the medium of theatre. Like Bill, the Lyric team knows that talent best prospers, not via an atmosphere of competition and conflict, but when feeling supported, encouraged and praised. The Lyric offers a rigorous education in all aspects of theatre production from within a climate of compassion and care, and I am delighted to be working with them to find, train, support, and develop the career of the first winner of the Bill Cashmore Award.

The first year of the Award in 2019 has been given to Eve and Elin to develop their show titled Screwdriver.

Eve and Elin demonstrated a strong artistic and compelling idea that feels relevant and in the ethos of the Lyric.

In Sasha’s words:

I couldn’t have hoped for a more suitable winner of very first Bill Cashmore Award than Eve and Elin.

They were chosen from an extraordinarily strong field but they, and their play ‘Screwdriver’, perfectly embody the spirit of what we are hoping to achieve in setting up this Award in Bill’s name. Not only do they have a great idea and the artistic talent and skill to develop it into something extraordinary, but they have the same hard working ethos, passion and commitment to theatre that Bill had. Bill spanned the roles of writer, director and performer and was best known for his offbeat observational humour, his openness to new learning, his curiosity about people and the world, and for his compassion and generosity. In Eve and Elin we have found two creatives who in person and in their work seem to embody something of that wonderful spirit.

The Award will give Eve and Elin a year’s worth of space and resources to develop Screwdriver into a fully-fledged production which will be performed in the Lyric’s Studio Theatre headlining the Evolution Festival in March 2020. This will include Masterclasses with Lyric Associate Artists and Award contributors, technical support, a commissioning fee and budget for crew and design.

For more information on Bill and his legacy click here.