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FNB VITA REGIONAL THEATRE AWARDS (article first published : 2001-07-25)

The winners for the FNB Vita Regional Theatre Awards, 2000/2001 for Durban were announced at a function held at the Langoustine by the Sea this afternoon (July 25):

In the category Best Production the nominees were Copenhagen produced and directed by Maurice Podbrey; King Kong workshopped by Aldo Brincat and Michael Gritten, directed by Peter Court and produced by Brincat Productions; The Final Cut written by Ben Voss and John van de Ruit and Tamar Meskin, directed by Tamar Meskin and produced by Underberg Productions; The House Husband written, directed and produced by Aldo Brincat and Twelfth Night produced by The Playhouse Company and directed by Ralph Lawson. Copenhagen walked off with the award.

For Best Lead Actor the nominees were Garth Anderson in Twelfth Night; Maurice Podbrey in Copenhagen; Steven Stead in Hamlet; Ben Voss in Seeing Red and Tim Wells in Copenhagen. The award went to Steven Stead. In the category Best Lead Actress the nominees were Catherine Farren in Copenhagen; Belinda Harward in Seeing Red; Wendy Nell in Women of Mud; Leeanda Reddy in Twelfth Night and Gisele Turner in Women of Mud. Catherine Farren won this award.

The nominees in the Best Support Actor category were Aldo Brincat in Twelfth Night; Greig Pilkington in The Guitar that Rocked the World; Keseran Pillay in Hamlet; Ben Voss in Twelfth Night and John Whiteley in Twelfth Night. The award went to Ben Voss. In the category Best Support Actress the nominees were Dany Green in The Guitar that Rocked the World; Neisha Anne Harley in Not The Midnight Mass; Belinda Henwood in Twelfth Night; Claire Hindmarsh in The Gladiator and Denya Maslen in The Guitar that Rocked the World. The award was won by Belinda Henwood.

In the category Best Performance By A New Actor the nominees were Bill Le Cordeur in The Gladiator; Bryan Hiles in Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Santhiran Moonsamy in Boxers and Bikinis; Keseran Pillay in Hamlet and Steve Smith in Boxers and Bikinis. Keseran Pillay took the award. Nominees for Best Performance By A New Actress were Neisha Anne Harley in Not The Midnight Mass; Claire Hindmarsh in The Gladiator; Catherine Mace in Snow White and Several Dwarfs and Jade Orsmond in Boxers and Bikinis. It was won by Catherine Mace.

For Best Director the nominees were Garth Anderson for Breasts; Peter Court for King Kong; Belinda Harward and Duncan Royce for Thriller; Ralph Lawson for Twelfth Night and Maurice Podbrey for Copenhagen. Peter Court scooped this award.

The nominees in the category Best Script Of A New South African Play were Breasts by Greig Coetzee; King Kong by Aldo Brincat and Michael Gritten; Seeing Red by Greig Coetzee, The Final Cut by Ben Voss, John van de Ruit and Tamar Meskin. The House Husband by Aldo Brincat won the award.

In the category Best Set Design the nominees were Peter Cazalet for Twelfth Night; Peter Court for Hamlet; Peter Court for The Guitar that Rocked the World; Greg King for Seeing Red and Themi Venturas for Good Vibrations. It was won by Greg King. The nominees in the category Best Costume Design were Peter Cazalet for Twelfth Night; Gareth Kenna for Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Gisele Turner for Women of Mud; Themi Venturas for Good Vibrations and Amra-Faye Wright for Rouge Pulp. Peter Cazalet won this award.

For Best Lighting Design the nominees were Mike Broderick for A Dame, A Dog and A Dead Guy; Mike Broderick for Good Vibrations; Mike Broderick for Thriller; Glen Olsen for Twelfth Night and Stephen Woodroffe for The Piano Men. Mike Broderick took the award for A Dame, A Dog and A Dead Guy.

Nominated for Best Performance By A Male In A Musical were Brendan Jury in The Piano Men; Rory Rootenberg in Cadenza Extra Xtrav; Tim Wells in A Dame, A Dog and A Dead Guy; Tim Wells in The Piano Men and De Wet Wraight in The Piano Men. The winner was Brendan Jury. The nominees for Best Performance By A Female In A Musical were Karen Campbell-Gillies in Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Catherine Mace in A Dame, A Dog and A Dead Guy; Catherine Mace in Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Christine Weir in Not the Midnight Mass and Amra-Faye Wright in Rouge Pulp. Catherine Mace won this award for A Dame, A Dog and A Dead Guy.

In the category Best Musical Revue Production the nominees were A Dame, A Dog And A Dead Guy written by Catherine Mace, produced by Gary McKenzie and directed by Mike Brodends; Cadenza Extra Xtrav written and directed by Ian von Memerty and produced by Rory Rootenberg; Cliff produced by The Dumarc Music and Clothing Company and directed by Peter Court; Rouge Pulp written and directed by Amra-Faye Wright and produced by Amra-Faye Wright and Christopher Luke; The Piano Men conceived and produced by Jackie Cunniffe and Stephen Woodroffe and Thriller produced by Stampeding Buffalo Productions and directed by Duncan Royce and Belinda Harward. Jackie Cunniffe and Stephen Woodroffe took the award for The Piano Men.

For Best Musical Theatre Production the nominees were Good Vibrations produced and directed by Themi Venturas; Not The Midnight Mass produced by Not The Midnight Mass and directed by Megan Choritz and Mark Hoeben; Snow White And Several Dwarfs produced by DuMarc Music & Clothing and directed by Heather Barclay-Whiffin and The Guitar That Rocked The World, written and directed by Themi Venturas which won the award.

For Best Peformance In A Comedy By A Male the nominees were Aldo Brincat in King Kong; Aldo Brincat in The House Husband; Greig Coetzee in Breasts; Michael Gritten in King Kong and Michael Gritten in You Might as Well Live. Michael Gritten won for his performance in King Kong. In the category Best Performance In A Comedy By A Female, the nominees were Judy Broderick in Comrades Arms; Karen Campbell-Gillies in Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Calli Denton in Snow White and Several Dwarfs; Belinda Harward in You Might as Well Live and Catherine Mace in Snow White and Several Dwarfs who won the award.

The FNB Vita Regional Theatre Judges for 2000/2001 in Durban were Suzy Bell, Dick Breytenbach, Hilda Grobler, Gowrie Naidoo, Caroline Smart and Billy Suter.




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