A group of people receiving an award on stage next to a poster advertising the animatronic dinosaurs of Dinosaur World Live
Oliver Royds, Max Humphries, Laura Cubitt, Derek Bond win Best Family Show for Dinosaur World Live. Photo by Danny Kaan.

Derek Bond is the creator of Dinosaur World Live, winner of the Best Family Show at the Olivier Awards 2024. Derek studied BA Drama and Theatre Arts, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2002, and was also nominated in the same category last year for Dragons and Mythical Beasts. Derek’s acceptance speech can be viewed here.

Further nominated shows also had University of Birmingham graduates in pivotal roles:

  • Best New Musical: The Little Big Things (Book by Joe White: BA Drama and Theatre Arts 2010, MA Playwriting 2011) and Lyrics by Tom Ling: BA History & Politics 2016)
  • Best Musical Revival: Groundhog Day (Stage Manager- Shaun Corcoran: BA Drama and Theatre Arts 2011)
  • Best Family Show: Bluey's Big Play (Associate Producer- Ruth Sherry: BA Drama and English 2018)

Congratulations to all our alumni for their success.

The Olivier Awards took place on Sunday the 14th April 2024 and celebrate the world-class status of London theatre, and are Britain’s most prestigious stage honours.