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DTA WINNERS (article first published : 2006-11-28)

Last night The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards recognised excellence in the Durban theatre industry in a glitzy “Oscars” night at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Sponsored by the Bartel Arts Trust, the awards system considered productions originating and presented in Durban between October 1, 2005, to September 30, 2006, and included the genres of drama and comedy, musical theatre, music revue, and children’s theatre, with a total of 39 productions vying for honours.

Hosted by Joanne Pillay and Terence Pillay, the award ceremony follows a Royal Variety Concert – type format. Productions to be staged over the festive season in theatres in and around Durban were invited to present short excerpts of their shows for audiences to be able to enjoy highlights of some of the shows on offer.

Alistair Caldwell and Jacobus van Heerden won Poster Design for Tokoloshe Come And Go, the award for Sound Design & Production went to Jackie Cunniffe and Michael McIlroy for Abbamaniacs, and Michael Broderick won the Lighting Design Award for Winnie The Pooh. The Costume and Set Design for Popcorn were won by Terrence Bray and Greg King respectively.

In the New Performer category, Valentine Sterling-Court won the female award for her performance in Winnie The Pooh while Wiseman Tshabalala took the male award for Just Don’t.

The Children’s Theatre category saw KickstArt’s production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarves winning best Actress for Carol Trench and best Actor for Darren King as well the Children’s Theatre Production award which was jointly presented to KickstArt’s Winnie The Pooh. The latter production also won the Director’s award for Steven Stead.

The Musical Theatre/Music Revue category saw MacBob Productions’ Abbamaniacs winning Supporting Actress for Shelley McLean, Supporting Actor for Clinton Philander, Lead Actor for Aaron McIlroy and Choreography for Dina De Vine and Quinton Ribbonaar. The Playhouse Company’s The Sound of Music won Lead Actress for Angela Kilian, Musical Director for Graham Scott and Director for Ralph Lawson as well as the Musical Theatre production award for The Playhouse Company. The award for Music Revue Production went to Very Very Big Productions for Let The Good Times Roll.

Aaron McIlroy and Steven Stead won the award for New South African Script for D.O.F.

KickstArt swept the boards in the Drama/Comedy category with Popcorn winning Supporting Actress for Clare Mortimer and Supporting Actor for Peter Court.

Belinda Henwood and Michael Gritten won the awards for both Performance in a Comedy by a Female and a Male as well as the awards for Lead Actress and Lead Actor. Popcorn also won the Director’s award for Greg King as well as the Drama/Comedy Production award.

Once again The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards are grateful for generous donations from their sponsors and partners. Various Durban-based businesses have joined in supporting this year’s awards thus acknowledging the quality of work produced by the city’s theatre community.

Reinforcing the lead taken by media partner The Mercury, this year’s awards are also supported by RoyalSechaba Food Services; BASA, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; Essenwood Craft Market; Troubadour Productions; Sunshine Factory; DarkHorse Productions; Dress Up and All That Glitters, Clavitech, Durban Theatre Diary; Computicket, Going Places, Stuart Edwards & Co. Chartered Accountants and Publicity Matters.




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