The h.Club 100: the winners
We salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.
London media gurus The Hospital Club and Time Out devised the h.Club 100: a search for the most original and influential people in the UK creative and media industries. Then we asked you to vote – and here are the results: the talent that is shaping the future.
Okay, there are actually not exactly 100 people on this list: Grayson Perry sneaked in twice and we’ve counted some multi-person projects as one entry. That's okay, though. It’s a reminder that this is a snapshot of where UK creativity, in all its messy brilliance, is at right now. It’s been an incredible year for the arts in the UK. In 2012 we fell for ‘Sherlock’ (again), cheered on ‘Matilda’ and cried at Danny Boyle’s Olympics curtain-raiser. From backroom boys to major stars, we salute the innovators, visionaries and pioneers behind what’s now and what’s next.
Is there someone we've missed? Browse the list below then tell us who you think should have made the Top 100 in the comments below.
directors of Underbelly
Since 2009, Underbelly has been presenting the comedy culturefest Udderbelly as a summer fixture on the South Bank. This year, it was joined by Priceless London Wonderground – adult circus shows, cabaret, music and family theatre hosted in a beautiful Spiegeltent setting. ‘It’s been a great year for us,’ says Bartlam. ‘We got the opportunity to create a whole new world for Londoners, a world in which sideshow, cabaret and circus was king rather than just purple cows and comedy!’
Underbelly will be back in May 2013 and will launch a new UK festival in early summer. Bartlam feels that growth is possible because of the talent on offer. ‘Perhaps tough economic times mean people have to work harder, but that’s ultimately great for any cultural landscape. We see loads of those risk-takers in the artists, companies and promoters that we work with. And it’s brilliant.’
choreographer, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Royal Ballet
In the last 12 months Wayne McGregor | Random Dance has toured, presented participatory performances, including Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2012, and worked on collaborations such as ‘Rain Room’. ‘London was ablaze during the Olympic year with new work and visiting international productions,’ says McGregor. ‘This motivated all of us to be more risk-taking, daring and adventurous. London, with its richly diverse audiences and participants is the perfect open city to test the unusual and challenging.’
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Danny Boyle picked Layla Anne-Lee to voice the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She also hosted the Olympic beach volleyball finals and the Queen’s Jubilee Party for 20,000 people in Trafalgar Square.
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Jennifer Byrne, Victoria Falconer-Pritchard and Tom Velvick, performers
The critically acclaimed double act of ‘Bernadette Byrne’ and half-man, half-woman ‘Victor Victoria’, plus director Tom Velvick, have charmed the pants off London audiences with their riotous shows.
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Goldstein produced Penny Arcade’s ‘Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!’ at the Arcola Theatre, and then at the Old Vic Tunnels, proving that political theatre can be both fun and outrageous.
director at Old Vic Tunnels
Jenkinson’s bold programming blurs the boundaries between theatre, cabaret and film. He has worked with the likes of Banksy, Secret Cinema and Punchdrunk.
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Performance poet Tim Key is one of comedy’s quirkiest stand-ups. He won the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award.
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producer at Soho Theatre
The Soho Theatre attracts a younger, hipper crowd than most West End venues – bringing on aspiring writers and youth theatre companies. It has consistently staged some of the best solo comedy shows, and in 2011 the refurbished downstairs space became a dedicated comedy and cabaret venue.
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choreographer, artistic director and co-founder of Boy Blue Entertainment
Street choreographer behind the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sandy works with hip hop dancers, from grass-roots to professionals. Brett Vincent manager, agent and promoter, Get Comedy Vincent is the man responsible for all the great comedy acts who cheer up tent-weary revellers at major music festivals including Camp Bestival, Bestival, RockNess and SnowBombing.
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Comedy manager, agent and promoter, Get Comedy
Vincent is responsible for the rise of comedy at major music festivals including Camp Bestival, Bestival, SnowBombing & RockNess.
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