A director from Swansea has been recognised alongside superstars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bonnie Tyler at the Lord Mayor’s Summer Honours.
Nick Evans, who is 42 and went to Morriston Comprehensive School, received the Services to the Arts award.
This is the inaugural year for Swansea's Lord Mayor’s Honours.
I was thrilled to be included as one of the recipients of the Lord Mayor of Swansea's Summer honours. The evening recognised so many significant figures from this wonderful city, and to be thought of alongside people like Bonnie Tyler and Swansea coach Alan Curtis was really special.
Nick was recognised for his Services to the Arts, which have included a nine year period as Artistic Director of the internationally-renowned West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company, and also work on major shows both in London and internationally.
Nick has worked as an Associate Director on a range of shows, including Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End, and the Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Tim Minchin, Mel C and Chris Moyles.
Because it's my home city, this award feels genuinely special. It was the vision of the old West Glamorgan County Council, and also the local authorities in Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot to set up a progressive, affordable arts provision in West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company. That, more than anything else, changed my horizons, and gave me a chance to make the arts a viable career. Not just me, but hundreds of people like Michael Sheen, Russell T Davies, and Joanna Page who saw possibility because of this unique youth arts provision. Though the political climate is difficult nationally for arts funding, I hope local politicians continue to demonstrate that kind of vision and commitment to our young people. Companies like the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre are the lifeblood of culture in Wales.
Nick is currently working for Sir Cameron Mackintosh as part of the team taking 'Mary Poppins' across the UK.
The show will visit The Wales Millennium Centre in December this year.