Three AUB BA (Hons) Acting Alumni have won the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at this year’s Olivier Awards for their play, Flesh and Bone.

Having worked together in their third year of the Acting course in 2014-15, graduates Elliott Warren and Olivia Brady developed skills learnt about creating their own work whilst at AUB, to found their own company, Unpolished Theatre, in 2017. In the process of producing their gritty and explosive new play, Elliott and Olivia recruited fellow AUB Acting alumni Alessandro Babalola.

Written by Elliott, Flesh and Bone began its life at a fringe theatre in Camden, London before being awarded the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve Fund of £10,000, resulting in a venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. At Edinburgh, the show achieved great success and won a host of awards and accolades, including a Fringe First Award, which celebrates the best new writing at the festival.

From here, the company took the show to The Adelaide Fringe Festival where it won further critical acclaim and three more awards, including the Critics’ Circle Award and Overall Best Theatre Award.  Following this they were invited by the National Theatre Studio to develop the piece further, and in July 2018 the play had its London transfer to the Soho Theatre, where they then went on to win the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

The three graduates were thrilled to attend London’s Royal Albert Hall to win theatre’s most sought after acting award, spending the evening in the company of The Duchess of Cornwall, Gillian Anderson and Ian McKellen.