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DURBAN THEATRE AWARD WINNERS (article first published : 2004-11-24)

At a glitzy evening last night (November 22) at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the ‘who’s who’ of Durban theatre gathered to celebrate the achievements of the winners of the Durban Theatre Awards 2003/2004.

This is the second event of its kind since the Durban theatre community decided to go it alone without major sponsorship. The evening was made possible by sponsorship from the Bartel Arts Trust which included five recognition awards. These awards went to Irek Karamon, Jabulani Zwane, Thabani Ngubane, Vassie Moodley and Xolani Majozi. (See separate article)

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) provided support funding for the sponsorship from La Lucia Mall, Essenwood Craft Market and Troubadour Productions which took the form of gift vouchers for the winners. The 2004 Awards have been expanded to include children’s theatre, choreography and sound design, not previously acknowledged.

While the event honours excellence within the industry it is also designed to provide a free showcase for festive season productions. Excerpts from forthcoming shows this year were Nunsense (Sneddon Theatre), Aladdin Trouble (The Grill Room, Royal Hotel), The All New Summer Holidays Adventures of Brer Rabbit and Friends (Courtyard Theatre), The Selfish Giant (Sneddon Theatre), Cinderella (Kwasuka Theatre), Squawk! (The Playhouse), Defending the Planet (Catalina Theatre), A Christmas Kerel (Catalina Theatre), and Playhouse Festive Extravaganza (The Playhouse).

Andile Mngadi received the New Performer – Male award for his performance in The Private Ear. The new award for Children's Theatre Production went to The Boy with a Clown's Heart produced by Brincat Productions and directed by David Gouldie.

Defending the Planet directed by Sue Monteregge and produced by Macbob Productions was a joint winner for Musical Theatre Production. Awards also went to Aaron McIlroy for Performance in Musical/Revue: Male and to Tim Pullen for Sound Design. Sharing the award for Musical Theatre Production 2004 was The Doors: to the other side produced by Stephen Woodroffe and directed by Tanya van der Walt.

The winner of the Music Revue Production 2004 was Lady sings the Blues produced by Copy Dog. The show also received awards for Karen Van Pletsen (Performance in Musical/Revue: Female) and Evan Roberts (Musical Director).

Lisa Bobbert and Darren King won the Performance in a Comedy- Female and Performance in a Comedy – Male respectively for their roles in Laughing Wild.

Jabulani SA: Celebrate directed and presented by Edmund Mhlongo received the New Performer – Female award for Mandisa Khumalo and the Choreography award for Delani Khumalo, Minky Khumalo and Edmund Mhlongo.

Dangerous Liaisons produced by Art for Africa & KickstArt and directed by Steven Stead and Greg King received awards for Michael Broderick (Lighting Design), Terrence Bray (Costume Design) and Greg King (Set Design).

The Drama Production of the year was Proof produced by KickstArt; which also collected the Director award for Greg King as well as Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor for Clare Mortimer and Franz Dobrowsky respectively. Olivia Borgen and Neil Coppen received the Lead Actress and Lead Actor awards respectively.

Greg King received the award for New SA Script for Table Manners produced by KickstArt, which he also directed.

A special Judges Award was presented to actress Gaynor Young for her passion for acting and commitment to theatre despite numerous challenges.

The winners received award certificates designed by Peter Bircham of The Garden of Earthly Design. The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre sponsored the venue for the ceremony which was hosted by East Coast Radio personalities Jane Linley and Mel Massyn. Computicket generously waived its usual service charge for the event and R5 of every ticket sold will be donated to PANSA (Performing Arts Network of SA – KZN Chapter).




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