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DURBAN THEATRE AWARDS NOMINATIONS (article first published : 2007-11-17; last edited : 2008-09-7)

The 5th annual theatre awards ceremony of The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards will take place on November 26 at 19h30 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (see separate article). The nominations are as follows

POSTER DESIGN: Artwork Communications for My Fair Lady; Shirley Berko for The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Road to Mecca and Sleeping Beauty; Greg King for Jungle Book; Clare Mortimer & Darren King for From my point of view and Colwyn Thomas for Maluju Zulu. SOUND DESIGN: Izan Greyling for Chicks Rock; Megan Levy for Sleeping Beauty, and Gail Muir for The Jungle Book and My Fair Lady. SOUNDTRACK DESIGN (EFFECTS AND/OR MUSIC): The Company for From my point of view; The Company for Two... is the beginning of the end; Adam Doré for The Suicide King; Tim Pullen & Steven Stead for The Mystery of Irma Vep and Tim Pullen for Snow White.

LIGHTING DESIGN: Mike Broderick for My Fair Lady, The Road to Mecca, Sleeping Beauty and Tin Bucket Drum; Tina le Roux for The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Farley Whitfield for The Jungle Book. COSTUME DESIGN: Peter Court & Terrence Bray for Sleeping Beauty; Peter Court & Greg King for The Jungle Book; Rozanne Immerman for Tin Bucket Drum, and Neil Stuart-Harris for Master Class, My Fair Lady and The Mystery of Irma Vep. SET DESIGN: Greg King for The Jungle Book, My Fair Lady, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Road to Mecca and Sleeping Beauty.

NEW PERFORMER – FEMALE: Upasana Beharee for Bad Girls go to Heaven; Khumbuzile Dlamini for Master Class; Samantha Govender for Bad Girls go to Heaven; Danielle Perlman for The Secret of Mrs Moppet’s Garden and Shireen van der Wath for Spice ‘n Stuff. NEW PERFORMER – MALE: Mhlaba Buthelezi for Master Class; Sean de Klerk for The Secret of Mrs Moppet’s Garden; Loyiso MacDonald for The Princess and The Pea; China Ngejane for To House; Iain Ewok Robinson for Spitfire – The Return of the Red-I, and Clinton Small for The Suicide King.

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Belinda Henwood for The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty; Kerry Holbrook for Pinocchio; Kumseela Naidoo for The Peg Leg Pirate, and Wendy Watson for Sleeping Beauty. SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Gritten for The Jungle Book; Thomie Holtzhausen for Sleeping Beauty; Darren King for The Jungle Book; Anthony Stonier for The Jungle Book, and Jacobus van Heerden for Sleeping Beauty. ACTRESS: Raessa Abdul Karim for The Princess and The Pea; Shelley McLean for Sleeping Beauty; Clare Mortimer for Sleeping Beauty, and Jailoshini Naidoo for The Jungle Book. ACTOR: Peter Court for The Jungle Book; Sean de Klerk for The Jungle Book; Bryan Hiles for Sleeping Beauty, and Darren King for Sleeping Beauty.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE. DIRECTOR: Garth Anderson for The Princess and The Pea; Janna Ramos-Violante for The Secret of Mrs Moppet’s Garden; Steven Stead for The Jungle Book, and Steven Stead & Kenlyn Sutherland for Sleeping Beauty. PRODUCTION: The Princess and The Pea from The Actors Co-operative; The Jungle Book from KickstArt, Sleeping Beauty from KickstArt and The Secret of Mrs Moppet’s Garden from Janna Ramos-Violante & Themi Venturas Productions.

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MUSICAL THEATRE & MUSIC REVUE. MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Clinton Philander for Jamaican Jam; Graham Scott for My Fair Lady; Dawn Selby for Book Club and Chicks Rock and Brian Thusi for Peace in Our Lifetime Musical. DIRECTOR: Lisa Bobbert & Tonya Koenderman for The Return of The Convent Girls; Stuart Mey for Latino Magic; Jerry Pooe for Peace in Our Lifetime Musical; Steven Stead for My Fair Lady, and Themi Venturas for Jamaican Jam. MUSIC REVUE PRODUCTION: Book Club and Chicks Rock from Gary McKenzie; Jamaican Jam from Themi Venturas Productions; Latino Magic from Stuart Mey, and The Return of The Convent Girls from Lisa Bobbert & Tonya Koenderman. MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION: My Fair Lady from The Playhouse Company and Peace in Our Lifetime Musical from Eager Artists.

MUSICAL THEATRE & MUSIC REVUE. CHOREOGRAPHY: Peter Court & Darren King for From my point of view; Mark Hawkins for And… 5, 6, 7, 8 and My Fair Lady; Thulebona Mzizi for Peace in Our Lifetime Musical, and Themi Venturas & The Company for Jamaican Jam. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alison Cassels for My Fair Lady; Vera Clare for My Fair Lady; Thandeka Mdlalose for Peace in Our Lifetime Musical and Kim Sanssoucie for Jamaican Jam. SUPPORTING ACTOR: Rowan Bartlett for Jamaican Jam; Frank Graham for My Fair Lady; Andrew Jones for Latino Magic; Sdumo Mtshali for Peace in Our Lifetime Musical, and Themi Venturas for My Fair Lady. LEAD ACTRESS: Lisa Bobbert for My Fair Lady and The Return of The Convent Girls; Angela Dodds for Book Club; Tonya Koenderman for The Return of The Convent Girls, and Carol Trench for My Fair Lady. LEAD ACTOR: Eric Rasta Coolfire Hadebe for Jamaican Jam; Hamish Kyd for Jamaican Jam; Ralph Lawson for My Fair Lady; Gary McKenzie for Book Club and Clinton Philander for Jamaican Jam.

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DRAMA / COMEDY. NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT: Neil Coppen for Tin Bucket Drum; Marc Kay for The Suicide King; Clare Mortimer & Neil Coppen for Two… is the beginning of the end; Ian Ewok Robinson for Spitfire – The Return of the Red-I and Steven Stead for The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Upasana Beharee for Spice ‘n Stuff; Thandulwazi Ncube for Master Class; Ilasha Ramaloo for Bad Girls go to Heaven and Kim Sanssoucie for And… 5, 6, 7, 8. 26. SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sean de Klerk for And… 5, 6, 7, 8; Thomie Holtzhausen for The Road to Mecca; Robert Petersen for Master Class and Clinton Small for The Suicide King. PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY BY A FEMALE: (No nominations). PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY BY A MALE: Garth Anderson for Well, I never! ; Peter Court for Snow White; Michael Gritten for The Mystery of Irma Vep, and Steven Stead for The Mystery of Irma Vep.

DRAMA / COMEDY. LEAD ACTRESS: Lisa Bobbert for Chronicles of a Car Guard; Alison Cassels for The Road to Mecca; Ntando Cele for Tin Bucket Drum, and Clare Mortimer for From my point of view; Master Class and The Road to Mecca. LEAD ACTOR: Neil Coppen for Two… is the beginning of the end; Michael Gritten for The Mystery of Irma Vep; Darren King for From my point of view; Iain Ewok Robinson for Spitfire – The Return of the Red-I, and Steven Stead for The Mystery of Irma Vep.

DRAMA / COMEDY. DIRECTOR: Peter Court for From my point of view; Greg King for The Mystery of Irma Vep; Ralph Lawson for Master Class; Karen Logan for Tin Bucket Drum, and Steven Stead for The Road to Mecca. PRODUCTION: From my point of view from The Diplomatic Corpse; Master Class from The Playhouse Company; The Mystery of Irma Vep from KickstArt; The Road to Mecca from KickstArt, and Tin Bucket Drum from ThinkTheatre.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the discretion of the judges. The Durban Theatre Awards gratefully acknowledges the support of The Mercury, Bartel Arts Trust, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, RoyalSechaba Food Services, Business and Arts South Africa, Essenwood Craft Market, Troubadour Productions, DarkHorse Productions, Stuart Edwards & Co, Annarosa's Dress Up, Black Coffee, All That Glitters, ClaviTech, Going Places, Distell, Durban Theatre Diary, Publicity Matters, Sunshine Factory. Booking through Computicket.




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