Marikana – The Musical tops Naledis with a whopping 12 nominations

2015-03-12 09:12

2014 was a dynamic year for theatre in South Africa, and the nominations for the 2015 Naledi Theatre Awards reflect that.

At the announcement of the nominations in Johannesburg last night, Aubrey Sekhabi’s production of Marikana – The Musical came out tops with no fewer than 12 nominations.

Theatre stalwarts, Athol Fugard (The Shadow of the Hummingbird) and John Kani (Missing), were also recognised for their contributions with nominations for best performance in a play: male. They will compete against several other notable names that include Michael Richard and Seputla Sebogade.

Athol Fugard’s play was also nominated in the best new South African script category.

Now in its 11th year, the Naledi Theatre Awards reflect the vibrant and diverse nature of the South African theatrical landscape that exists today. These are the premiere awards for theatre excellence in South Africa.

Making the announcement at a function at the Market Theatre, executive director Dawn Lindberg said: “We are truly inspired by the quality and diversity of the productions that were presented in Gauteng in 2014, and our panel of judges had a difficult task selecting the nominees because of the intense competition among arts practitioners on all levels. There have been some amazing productions among the home-grown product, plus we were fortunate to see War Horse, with the famous puppets created by our own Handspring Puppet Company, on our shores. And surprise, surprise we will be horsing around on awards’ night – and it will be for the good. We will be bringing Joey out on the night to receive a special award, a first, history-making award in South African theatre presented to a puppet.”

Marikana –The Musical created enormous interest because of its controversial subject matter and the manner in which it was depicted.

It received nominations for best musical, best new South African script (adapted by Aubrey Sekhabi), best director, best theatre design (Wilhelm Disbergen), best costume design (Irene Moheedi Mathe), best sound design (Richard Mitchell), best choreography (Thabo Rapoo), best score/arrangement/adaptation (Aubrey Sekhabi and Mpho “McKenzie” Matome), best musical director (Mpho “McKenzie” Matome), best performance in a musical: female (Emma Mmekwa), best performance in a musical: male (Meshack Mavuso), best supporting actress (Siyasanga Catherine Papu) and best production of a musical.

A Naledi regular, Wilhelm Disbergen, received five nominations in the field of best theatre design and best lighting design, while flamboyant singer and composer Nataniël received three nominations for best score/arrangement/adaptation, best performance in a musical: male and best musical director.

The Rocky Horror Show was also a wildly popular musical, with a massive cult following, and it received seven nominations. They were for Best Production of a Musical (Matthew Wild), Best Performance in a Musical : Male (Brendan van Rhyn), Best Musical Director (Stefan Lombard), Best Sound Design (Aki Khan), Best Costume Design (Penny Simpson), Best Theatre Design (Tina Driedijk and Anwar McWhite) and Best Choreography (Louisa Talbot).

The Naledi Theatre Award judges for this year are: Dorianne Alexander, Alex Berger, Peter Feldman, Helen Heldenmuth, Ferosa Marais, Lance Maron, Mandla Motau, Lakin Morgan-Baatjies, Welcome Msomi, Rudi Sadler, Renos Spanoudes and Carolyn Steyn. The group, which has been drawn from all spheres of the theatre world, viewed more than 60 productions during the year.

» To see all the nominations, click here

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