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Winners of the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

BY 27.03.18

 IT'S WORLD Theatre Day today, 27 March 2018, and this month the best in the business were recognised at the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards. 

Winners were announced on Sunday 18 March 2018, at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

For more than five decades the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards together with Fleur du Cap Wines have been honouring excellence in theatre, at this theatrical spectacular that is a highlight of the Mother City's cultural calendar.

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. Category winners received R15 000 and a medallion.

A total of 115 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration. The awards, considered in 26 different categories, include special awards for Lifetime Achievement which went to Alvon Collison, and the Award for Innovation in Theatre was shared by Imbewu Trust and Kunste Onbeperk.

The event was hosted in fabulous fashion by Africa Melane who was supported by a variety of leading ladies who have previously been acknowledge on our stages and have the coveted Fleur du Cap Theatre Award; Lara Foot, Janice Honeyman, Liz Mills, Quanita Adams, Jill Levenberg, Susan Danford, Jennifer Steyn, Celeste Matthews, Sive Gubangxa, Penny Youngleson, Ntomboxolo Makhutshi, Emily Child, Tara-Louise Notcutt and Daneel van der Walt. The glamorous audience included theatre-makers, producers, actors, past award recipients, dignitaries and Fleur du Cap wine brand ambassadors.

The award ceremony was directed by Alistair Izobell and audiences thoroughly enjoyed the seamlessly crafted celebration that included outstanding performances by female artists Elwira Standili, Salomé Damon, Sasha-Lee Davids, Lucy Tops, Andrea Anthony, Tye Platinum and the band Sweet Chilli. Assistant Director and choreographer Grant van Ster provided the accompanying flair with performances by dancers Luke de Kock, Craig Pedro, Elvis Sibeko, Buyile Narwele, Mikayla Isaacs, Simoné Welgemoed, Gabrielle Botha and Caitlin Smith.

Five MakuAsh Residency students from Makukhanye Art Room, as part of their training supported the backstage team and in the process received valuable experience.

The evening concluded in elegant style with guests enjoying a celebratory night cap and desserts.

The judges for the 2017 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders and Wayne Muller. The panel, made up largely of local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators, was chaired by non-voting Melanie Burke. Voting is done by secret ballot, and all processes are strictly overseen and audited by Distell Internal Audit and the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.

The full list of winners is as follows:

  • AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
    • Luntu Masiza, AFDA
  • BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
    • What Remains by Nadia Davids
  • BEST NEW DIRECTOR
    • Nico Scheepers
  • BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
    • Jon Keevy for The Underground Library
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE
    • The Cast of What Remains
  • BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
    • Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels as Marnus
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
    • Sanda Shandu in King Kong as Lucky
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
    • Isabella Jane in Evita as The Mistress
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
    • David Dennis in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Bernadette
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
    • Edith Plaatjies in King Kong as Joyce
  • BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
    • Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains
  • BEST SET DESIGN
    • Greg King for Suddenly the Storm
  • BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    • Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night
  • BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
    • Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong
  • BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE
    • Lukhanyo Moyake in Rigoletto as The Duke of Mantua
  • BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE
    • Johanni van Oostrum in Der Fliegende Holländer as Senta
  • AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
    • Imbewu Trust & Kunste Onbeperk
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
    • Alvon Collison
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
    • Mark Elderkin in Twelfth Night as Malvolio
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    • Robyn Scott in Shakespeare in Love as Elizabeth I, Ensemble
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
    • Faniswa Yisa in What Remains as The Archeologist
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
    • Craig Morris in Tartuffe as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle
  • BEST DIRECTOR
    • Jay Pather for What Remains
  • BEST PRODUCTION
    • Marat/Sade - The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)

 

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