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FNB VITA DURBAN THEATRE AWARDS (article first published : 2002-07-24)

The winners were announced today of the FNB Vita Regional Theatre Awards: Durban for 2001/2002.

In the category Best Production, the nominees were Keely & Du produced and presented by KickstArt Productions and directed by Greg King; Macbeth presented by The Actors Co-Operative in association with The National Arts Council and The Playhouse Company and directed by Garth Anderson; The Great Outdoors presented by Mopo Productions, written by Neil McCarthy, produced and directed by Maurice Podbrey; The Importance of Being Earnest produced by KickstArt Productions and directed by Garth Anderson and The Loser presented by Macbob Productions, written by Aaron Mcilroy and directed by Susan Monteregge. The award went to Keely & Du.

For Best Lead Actor, the nominees were Kessie Govender in Working Class Hero; Esmael Teixeira in The Great Outdoors; Ben Voss in Macbeth as well as for Menís Night and The Great Outdoors. Ben Voss took the award for his performance in Macbeth. In the category Best Lead Actress the nominees were Olivia Borgen in Keely and Du; Vera Clare in Keely and Du; Belinda Henwood in The Great Outdoors; Susan Monteregge in People are Living There and Jayloshini Naidoo in 1949. The award was won by Vera Clare.

The nominees in the Best Support Actor category were Tyron Akal in People are Living There; Garth Anderson in The Importance of Being Earnest; Jack Devnarain in Macbeth; Teboho T-Bone Hlahane in Macbeth; John van de Ruit in People are Living There. Garth Anderson won the award. In the category Best Support Actress the nominees were Alison Cassels in The Importance of Being Earnest; Michele Levin in Running Riot; Clare Mortimer in Macbeth; Marisa Sarfatti in Running Riot and Stacey Taylor in The Importance of Being Earnest. The award went to Alison Cassels.

In the category Best Performance by a New Actor, the nominees were Derrick Anderson in The Westenders; Edward Berridge in Macbeth; Tanano Lukhelo in Bayede Shaka and Vusi Mhlongo in Ekhaya Poppie who won the award. Nominees for Best Performance by a New Actress were Olivia Borgen in Keely and Du; Clare Cassidy in People are Living There; Manu Ndlovu in Ekhaya Poppie and Claire Rowlett in The Westenders. The award was won by Olivia Borgen.

For Best Director the nominees were Greig Coetzee for Menís Night; Mark Hawkins for Drinks On Me; Greg King for Keely and Du; Charmaine Weir-Smith for Pineapple Velvet and Amra-Faye Wright for Itís Not Where I Start. Greig Coetzee won the award.

The nominees in the category Best Script of a New South African Play were Menís Night by Ben Voss; Running Riot by Paul Slabolepszy; The Great Outdoors by Neil McCarthy and The Loser by Aaron Mcilroy. The award went to Neil McCarthy.

In the category Best Set Design, the nominees were Greg King for Drinks On Me; Greg King for Keely and Du; Greg King for Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Greg King for The Great Outdoors and Stan Knight for The Rocky Horror Show. Greg King won the award for Seduction - A Cabaret.

The nominees in the category Best Costume Design were Karen Campbell-Gillies for Macbeth; Coral Chamberlain and Jannie Engelbrecht for Ruebrecht Designs for Drinks On Me; Margo Fleisch for The Rocky Horror Show; Gareth Kenna for Swoon and Mervyn McMurtry for People are Living There. Coral Chamberlain and Jannie Engelbrecht won the award for Drinks On Me.

For Best Lighting Design the nominees were Michael Broderick for Itís Not Where I Start; Michael Broderick for Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Michael Broderick for The Loser; Stan Knight for The Rocky Horror Show; Hugh Turner for Drinks On Me. The award went to Michael Broderick for Itís Not Where I Start.

For Best Performance in a Musical by a Male the nominees were Nick Boraine in The Rocky Horror Show; Joseph Clark in Concert Fever; Duncan Royce in Mercury Rising; Anthony Stonier in Letís MisbehaveÖAgain and De Wet Wraight in Swoon. Nick Boraine took this award. The nominees for Best Performance in a Musical by a Female were Belinda Henwood in Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Jaci Smith in Pineapple Velvet; Carol Trench in Letís MisbehaveÖAgain; Amra-Faye Wright in Drinks On Me also for Itís Not Where I Start. Amra-Faye Wright won the award for Drinks On Me.

In the category Best Musical Revue Production the nominees were Bare Essentials produced by Melanie Roberts, presented by Royal Hotel Backstage and directed by Angela Dodds; Drinks On Me produced by Very Very Big Productions, written by Amra-Faye Wright and directed by Mark Hawkins; Itís Not Where I Start produced and presented by Very Very Big Productions and directed by Amra-Faye Wright; Letís MisbehaveÖ Again produced and presented by Sue Clarence Promotions and Pineapple Velvet produced by Jaci Smith, written by Meryn Cadell, directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith and presented by the Royal Hotel Backstage. The award went to Drinks On Me.

For Best Musical Theatre Production the nominees were Ekhaya Poppie produced by The Playhouse Company, presented by Eager Artists, written and directed by Jerry Pooe; Mercury Rising the songs of Freddie Mercury, presented by Colin Law and Duncan Royce for Venture Capital and directed by Belinda Harward; Reflections produced and presented by Rory Rootenberg and written and directed by Ian von Memerty; Seduction Ė A Cabaret produced by Michael Broderick, presented by Backlash Theatre Company, written by Susan Monteregge, John Vlismas and Michael Broderick and directed by Greg King; The Rocky Horror Show produced by Louis Moller for The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway in association with Colin Law and The Rocky Horror Company UK Limited and Tony Cox and Steve Newman produced by Tony Cox and Steve Newman and presented by Royal Hotel Backstage. Mercury Rising won the award.

For Best Performance in a Comedy by a Male the nominees were Bill Flynn in Running Riot; Greg King in The Importance of Being Earnest; Aaron Mcilroy in The Loser; Rory Rootenberg in Reflections and Ben Voss in Menís Night. The award went to Aaron McIlroy. In the category Best Performance in a Comedy by a Female, the nominees were Vera Clare in The Importance of Being Earnest and Belinda Harward in The Importance of Being Earnest and this award was won by Vera Clare.

The FNB Vita Regional Theatre Award 2001/2002 panelists for Durban included Dick Breytenbach, Graham Greer, Hilda Grobler, Debbie Lutge, Caroline Smart (artSMartís Editor) and Billy Suter.




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