Durban Theatre Awards rewards performers

2010-11-25 00:00

KICKSTART Theatre Company’s Greg King and Steven Stead scooped the largest number of prizes at Monday’s Durban Theatre Awards, held at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

King was rewarded for creating beautiful sets for last year’s Peter Pan, the musical, which also garnered the best director award for Stead and the musical theatre production of the year.

In the drama-comedy category, Stead received the best director award for Duet for One, the two-hander the company presented in association with Daphne Kuhn from Johannesburg. Duet for One also received the prize for the best drama-comedy production of the year, and Clare Mortimer and Michael Richard were rewarded for their performances in the play, winning the lead actress and lead actor awards, respectively.

The award for the best new South African script went to Ben Voss for Bend It Like Beauty. Voss also took home the award for best performance in a comedy by a male for his one-man show.

Michael Gritten received the best supporting actor award for his performance in KickStArt’s Miracle and Senzo Mthethwa received just reward for his one-man show, The Boolulu Uncle, winning both the best solo performance award and new performer — male. The award for new performer — female went to Khanyisile Jwaha for her performance in Christopher Hurt and Bhoyi Ngema’s The Dictionary.

The children’s theatre category saw the lion’s share of awards going to Peter Court and Bryan Hiles for their Creative Madness production, A Mariner’s Tale. They were joint winners in the lead actor and director categories and won the children’s theatre production of the year award.

The prize for lead actress in a children’s theatre show went to Daisy Spencer for her role in Marvellous Mixtures.

My Fair Lady and Peter Pan shared the honours in the musical theatre category. Mark Hawkins won the award for choreography for My Fair Lady, while Lisa Bobbert was rewarded with the lead actress gong and Cobus Venter with the supporting actor prize for the musical, which was staged at The Playhouse last year.

Shelley McLean won the best supporting actress award for Peter Pan, with Bryan Hiles winning the award for lead actor. Peter Pan also garnered prizes for Shirley Berko (best poster design) and Peter Court, Steven Stead and Neil Stuart-Harris for costume design.

There were also prizes for The Guitar that Rocked the World — Jackie Cunniffe won for sound design, and Mark Kleinert for lighting design, while Andrew Webster was the winner in the category best performer — music revue-music compilation-cabaret for You’re So Vain, and Sue Clarence won the category best music revue production for Brutal Tunes.

The Monica Fairall Memorial Award went to Peter Rorvik, the director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, and the Special Judges’ Award to Bongumusa Madoda Mtshali for helping to revitalise the Stable Theatre.

The Mercury Theatre Personality of the Year Award was Rory Booth.

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