An evening of flamboyant celebration at the 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

Winners of the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced on Sunday 18 March 2018, at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

For more than five decades the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards together with Fleur du Cap Wines have been honouring excellence in theatre, at this theatrical spectacular that is a highlight of the Mother City’s cultural calendar.

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. Category winners received R15 000 and a medallion.

A total of 115 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration. The awards, considered in 26 different categories, include special awards for Lifetime Achievement which went to Alvon Collison, and the Award for Innovation in Theatre was shared by Imbewu Trust and Kunste Onbeperk.

The event was hosted in fabulous fashion by Africa Melane who was supported by a variety of leading ladies who have previously been acknowledge on our stages and have the coveted Fleur du Cap Theatre Award; Lara Foot, Janice Honeyman, Liz Mills, Quanita Adams, Jill Levenberg, Susan Danford, Jennifer Steyn, Celeste Matthews, Sive Gubangxa, Penny Youngleson, Ntomboxolo Makhutshi, Emily Child, Tara-Louise Notcutt and Daneel van der Walt. The glamorous audience included theatre-makers, producers, actors, past award recipients, dignitaries and Fleur du Cap wine brand ambassadors.

The award ceremony was directed by Alistair Izobell and audiences thoroughly enjoyed the seamlessly crafted celebration that included outstanding performances by female artists Elwira Standili, Salomé Damon, Sasha-Lee Davids, Lucy Tops, Andrea Anthony, Tye Platinum and the band Sweet Chilli. Assistant Director and choreographer Grant van Ster provided the accompanying flair with performances by dancers Luke de Kock, Craig Pedro, Elvis Sibeko, Buyile Narwele, Mikayla Isaacs, Simoné Welgemoed, Gabrielle Botha and Caitlin Smith.

Five MakuAsh Residency students from Makukhanye Art Room, as part of their training supported the backstage team and in the process received valuable experience.

The evening concluded in elegant style with guests enjoying a celebratory night cap and desserts.

The judges for the 2017 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders and Wayne Muller. The panel, made up largely of local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators, was chaired by non-voting Melanie Burke. Voting is done by secret ballot, and all processes are strictly overseen and audited by Distell Internal Audit and the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.

The full list of winners is as follows:

AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Luntu Masiza, AFDA

BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
What Remains by Nadia Davids

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Nico Scheepers

BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Jon Keevy for The Underground Library

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE
The Cast of What Remains

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels as Marnus

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Sanda Shandu in King Kong as Lucky

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Isabella Jane in Evita as The Mistress

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
David Dennis in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Bernadette

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Edith Plaatjies in King Kong as Joyce

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains

BEST SET DESIGN
Greg King for Suddenly the Storm

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night

BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE
Lukhanyo Moyake in Rigoletto as The Duke of Mantua

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE
Johanni van Oostrum in Der Fliegende Holländer as Senta

AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
Imbewu Trust & Kunste Onbeperk

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alvon Collison

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Mark Elderkin in Twelfth Night as Malvolio

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Robyn Scott in Shakespeare in Love as Elizabeth I, Ensemble

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Faniswa Yisa in What Remains as The Archeologist

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Craig Morris in Tartuffe as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle

BEST DIRECTOR
Jay Pather for What Remains

BEST PRODUCTION
Marat/Sade – The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)

Fleur du Cap Awarded a Decade of Winemaking Excellence

The Fleur du Cap winemaking team are honoured to be recognised as one of the Top 20 Cellars for the past decade by the SA Wine & Cellar Classifications (SAWCC).

The recognition is based on the best track records in over 30 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past ten years (2008 to 2017). To be acknowledge for this award, wines of the Cape must have a minimum of three vintages with good to excellent reviews during the ten-year period from at least one of the world’s top judging panels. These panels include the likes of: Decanter World Wine Awards (UK), IWSC (UK), Platter’s SA Wine Guide (5 Star and Highly Recommended) or the Six Nations Challenge (AU).

Winemaker Pieter Badenhorst and this team are thrilled that their efforts have received this prestigious accolade: “Because of the freedom we have in our sourcing, we are able to select our grapes from the finest winegrowing regions of the Cape and as such aren’t bound by a specific farm, site, vineyard or climate. We use a more hands-on, traditional winemaking approach rather than modern filtration processes to preserve the colour, flavour and character of the grapes. The result is a range of elegant wines of great complexity with abundant fruit and flavour showing their true varietal character.”

Fleur du Cap wines were among SA Top Ten in each of the major wine categories:

  • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot
  • Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest

The SAWCC also included Fleur du Cap wines in their 2018 Hall of Fame. This selection, in particular, is of great achievement as wines recognised here have a track record of eight award-winning vintages over the past ten years:

  • Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest
  • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay

Fleur du Cap wines are available at retail outlets nationwide, found on many restaurant wine lists and can also be delivered to your door when purchased online through the Vinotèque https://www.vinoteque.co.za/collections/fleur-du-cap

Nominees for the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards announced

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards today announced its nominees for 2017. These annual awards are regarded amongst the most valued and prestigious in the South African performing arts industry. This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday, 18 March at 17:30 at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town and promises to be an “Elegantly Extravagant” evening.

For over 50 years the Fleur du Cap wine brand has proudly associated itself with the Theatre Awards as displaying the flair that is synonymous with the wine. “Theatre is the showcase for generations of artists; it is an honour to support such a pivotal part of the industry,” says SA Brand Manager for Premium Wines, Khanya Mashalaba.

Through awarding excellence in professional theatre Fleur du Cap wine and the Theatre Awards have played a significant role in the lives of South African theatre-makers.

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for acting, directing, staging and technical ability. These nominations reflect the excellent theatre talent seen on stages throughout the Western Cape last year. For the first time, awards will be made in the categories of Best Performance in an Opera (Male), Best Performance in an Opera (Female), Best Performance by an Ensemble, Best Theatre Production for Children and Young People and Best Production. This year awards will not be made in the category Best Puppetry Design.

The awards are considered in 26 different categories, including for Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The latter will be announced at the ceremony next month. The judges for the 2017 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders and Wayne Muller.

A total of 80 diverse productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration. They are, in alphabetical order:

A Handful of Keys, Angels on Horseback, Another One’s Bread, Aunty Merle the Musical, bash: latterday plays, Black, Boy Ntulikazi, Brother Love 2, Buzani Kubawo, Cathy and the Trolley Dollies, Chapter 2 Section 9, Cheers to Sarajevo, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Dans van die Watermeid, Die Nag Van Legio, Die Reuk van Appels, El Blanco: Tales of the Mariachi, Evita, Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development, Fiela se Kind, Funny Girl, Hamlet, Hemelruim, Immortal, In Bocca al Lupo, In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kafka’s Ape, Kidcasino, King Kong, Klara Maas se hart is gebreek, ensomeer: Die vloeistof-trilogie, From Koe’siestes to Kneidlach, Koöperasiestories, Kwamanzi, Macbeth: The Adult Panto, Mama Africa the Musical, Marat/Sade, Mate, Moedertaal, Nasty Womxn, Nice Coat (Lekker Jas), Niqabi Ninja, Peter Pan, Pieces, Police Cops in Space, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Red Aloes, Renaissance, Rent, Rigoletto, Scenes from an Execution, Selwyn and Gabriel, Shakespeare in Love, Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Queen’s Diamond, Single Minded, So ry Miss Daisy, Songs of this Soil, State Fracture, Suddenly the Storm, Synergy, Tartuffe, The Eulogists, The Magic Flute, The Mother, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Native Who Caused All The Trouble, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Rabble, The Visit, Thirst, Three’s a Crowd, Tiger Bay the Musical, Topdog/Underdog, Tswalo/Source, Twelfth Night, The Underground Library, Vlooi en die Koninginby/Kipper and the Queen Bee, What Remains and Who’s Your Daddy.

The student panel adjudicated another 35 student productions, bringing the total number of productions that were considered in 2017 to an astounding 115.

“The increased number of nominees in the category for Best New South African Script is extremely exciting as it means that local theatre-makers are becoming bolder in telling the stories that are at the heart of our collective lived experience. To see life imitating art in this way, is truly exhilarating. We thank Fleur du Cap wine brand, the hardworking panel of judges, theatre-makers and all the creatives behind the scenes who made this possible,” says Melanie Burke, chairman of the judging panel.

Each award carries a cash prize of R15 000 and a silver medallion. All voting processes are audited and overseen by Distell Internal Audit and the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.

The nominees in the various categories are, in alphabetical order:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

André Roothman in Die Nag van Legio as Dogoman Charlton George in Marat/Sade as Jean-Paul Marat Craig Morris in Tartuffe as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle Ephraim Gordon in Die Dans van die Watermeid as Mills Marty Kintu in Topdog/Underdog as Lincoln

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Buhle Ngaba in What Remains as The Student Charmaine Weir-Smith in Suddenly the Storm as Shanell Faniswa Yisa in What Remains as The Archeologist Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Hemelruim as Mariaan
Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Marat/Sade as Charlotte Corday

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Bongile Mantsai in Marat/Sade as Duperret
Darren Araujo in Shakespeare in Love as Henslowe, Ensemble Gerben Kamper in Die Nag van Legio as Oubaas Menge
Mark Elderkin in Twelfth Night as Malvolio
Wessel Pretorius in Twelfth Night as Feste

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Camilla Waldman in Tartuffe as Cléante
Faith Kinnear in Marat/Sade as Patient, Chorus
Jenny Stead in The Visit as Jackie Lodin
Renate Stuurman in Suddenly the Storm as Namhla
Robyn Scott in Shakespeare in Love as Elizabeth I, Ensemble

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Andile Gumbi in King Kong as King Kong
David Dennis in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Bernadette Jonathan Roxmouth in Evita as Che
Marc Lottering in Aunty Merle the Musical as Aunty Merle Sne Dladla in King Kong as Pop

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Ashleigh Harvey in Funny Girl as Fanny Brice Edith Plaatjies in King Kong as Joyce
Emma Kingston in Evita as Eva
Nondumiso Tembe in King Kong as Joyce
Tarryn Lamb in Aunty Merle the Musical as Abigail

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Anton Luitingh in Evita as Magaldi
Anton Luitingh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharoah Sanda Shandu in King Kong as Lucky
Tshepo Ncokoane in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Miss Understanding Tshamano Sebe in King Kong as Jack

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Candice von Litsenborgh in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Shirley
Isabella Jane in Evita as The Mistress

Josslynn Hlenti in King Kong as Petal
Kate Normington in Funny Girl as Mrs Brice
Tankiso Mamabolo in Aunty Merle the Musical as Lydia

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE

The Cast of Marat/Sade
The Divas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Cast of Shakespeare in Love
The Cast of Tartuffe
The Cast of What Remains

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW

Daniel Mpilo Richards in State Fracture in Various Roles Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels as Marnus Jemma Kahn in In Bocca al Lupo as The Narrator Sandra Prinsloo in Moedertaal as Nellie

Tony Bonani Miyambo in Kafka’s Ape as Red Peter

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE

Fikile Mvinjelwa in Rigoletto as Rigoletto
Jaco Venter in Der Fliegende Holländer as Holländer Lukhanyo Moyake in Rigoletto as The Duke of Mantua Lukhanyo Moyake in Der Fliegende Holländer as Steuermann Martin Mkhize in The Magic Flute as Papageno

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE

Brittany Smith in The Magic Flute as Pamina
Johanni van Oostrum in Der Fliegende Holländer as Senta Leah Gunter in The Magic Flute as The Queen
Noluvuyiso Mpofu in Rigoletto as Gilda
Nonhlanhla Yende in Rigoletto as Maddalena

BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer for Peter Pan
Jon Keevy for The Underground Library
Marinda Engelbrecht and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck for Vlooi en die Koninginby/Kipper and the Queen Bee

AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT

Luntu Masiza, AFDA
Matthew Stuurman, UCT Melani-Roxanne Breedt, AFDA Tristan de Beer, UCT
Zoe McLaughlin, WTS

BEST NEW DIRECTOR

Dara Beth
Joshua G Ackerman Nico Scheepers Nwabisa Plaatjie Thando Mangcu

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Nick Schlieper & Per Hording for Priscilla Queen of the Desert Patrick Curtis for Marat/Sade
Tim Mitchell for King Kong
Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains

Wolf Britz for Shakespeare in Love

BEST SET DESIGN

Brian Thomson for Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Bus Concept and Production Design) Greg King for Suddenly the Storm
Jaco Bouwer for Marat/Sade
Nicola Mayer for Immortal

Nigel Hook for The Play that Goes Wrong

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Birrie le Roux for King Kong
Birrie le Roux for Funny Girl
Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night
Sasha Ehlers for Tartuffe
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner for Priscilla Queen of the Desert

BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong Daf James & Michael Williams for Original Score for Tiger Bay the Musical
Neo Muyanga for Original Music Composition for Twelfth Night
Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Original Music Composition for Marat/Sade

Tarryn Lamb & Marc Lottering for Original Score for Aunty Merle the Musical

BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT

Die Dans van die Watermeid by Amee Lekas Suddenly the Storm by Paul Slabolepszy The Eulogists by Louis Viljoen
The Visit by Brent Palmer

What Remains by Nadia Davids

BEST DIRECTOR

Jaco Bouwer for Marat/Sade
Jay Pather for What Remains Jonathan Munby for King Kong Lara Bye for Die Reuk van Appels Sylvaine Strike for Tartuffe

BEST PRODUCTION

Die Reuk van Appels – Theatrerocket (Johan van der Merwe and Rudi Sadler) King Kong – The Fugard Theatre (Eric Abraham)
Marat/Sade – The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – ShowTime Management (Hazel Feldman) What Remains – Nadia Davids

A limited number of tickets for the ceremony at The Baxter Theatre will be on sale at R300 per person.

However, there is no reason to miss this exciting annual event! For the first time in the history of the awards theatre lovers can share in the celebrations from the comfort of their own home, in real-time, through a virtual experience, at only R100 per ticket, standard data rates apply. Purchase your tickets from the Baxter Box Office on 021 685 7880 or Webtickets from 15th February 2018.

Share your Flair with Fleur du Cap wine and celebrate excellence in theatre with the award recipients! Follow the awards on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information on: Fleur du Cap Wines.

Prestigious Merlot Trophy win for Fleur du Cap’s Unfiltered Merlot

Following on a very successful award’s season, Fleur du Cap’s Unfiltered Merlot 2014 was awarded the prestigious Merlot Trophy during the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Fleur du Cap red wine maker Pieter Badenhorst notes that this award is extremely special to not only the team, but also the industry as it is the first South African Merlot to receive this prestigious trophy.

Recently the wine was also awarded a coveted Gold Award at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition. The Fleur du Cap winemaking team, at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, are extremely pleased with these results. “This wine is yet another example of our team’s dedication to crafting wines that will make our loyal customers’ wine drinking experiences, just that little more special,” says Fleur du Cap red wine maker, Pieter Badenhorst.

Attributing to this, Die Bergkelder’s expert winemaking team has the freedom to be meticulous in their sourcing only selecting grapes from the most renowned winegrowing regions of the Cape. They aren’t bound by a specific farm, site, vineyards or climate.

In its 48th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s aim is to reward quality wines and spirits across the world and to encourage recognition for excellent products. Entries for the competition are received from all over the world, nearly 90 countries, and each sample is judged according to its class. The competition standard remains commendable, with over 400 global experts judging products for a duration of 7 months of the year at  dedicated wine tasting premises.

The Unfiltered Merlot 2014 has a deep ruby colour with a bright hue. On the nose it shows multiple layers of dark fruit such as plum and blackcurrant with a hint of oak spices. The palate is plush, rich and velvety with well-balanced fruit and supple tannins that shows great ageing potential.  This Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to fillet of beef and roast lamb but goes equally well with rich, robust dishes and strong flavoured cheeses.

Fleur du Cap strikes Gold at International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017

The Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2014 was recently awarded a coveted Gold Award at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition. The Fleur du Cap winemaking team, at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, are extremely pleased with these results. “This wine is yet another example of our team’s dedication to crafting wines that will make our loyal customers’ wine drinking experiences, just that little more special,” says Fleur du Cap red wine maker, Pieter Badenhorst.

Attributing to this, Die Bergkelder’s expert winemaking team has the freedom to be meticulous in their sourcing only selecting grapes from the most renowned winegrowing regions of the Cape. They aren’t bound by a specific farm, site, vineyards or climate.

In its 48th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s aim is to reward quality wines and spirits across the world and to encourage recognition for excellent products. Entries for the competition are received from all over the world, nearly 90 countries, and each sample is judged according to its class. The competition standard remains commendable, with over 400 global experts judging products for a duration of 7 months of the year at  dedicated wine tasting premises.

The Unfiltered Merlot 2014 has a deep ruby colour with a bright hue. On the nose it shows multiple layers of dark fruit such as plum and blackcurrant with a hint of oak spices. The palate is plush, rich and velvety with well-balanced fruit and supple tannins that shows great ageing potential.  This Merlot is the ideal accompaniment to fillet of beef and roast lamb but goes equally well with rich, robust dishes and strong flavoured cheeses.

Producing wine since 1968, Fleur du Cap’s portfolio includes the following wines: The Laszlo red blend, Unfiltered Range and Bergkelder Selection range. Fleur du Cap is part of Distell’s Premium Wines, a collection of superlative quality, award-winning wines from in and around the Cape Winelands.

The wine, available at retail outlets nationwide, are found on many restaurant wine lists and can also be delivered to your door when purchased online through the Vinotèque at this link: https://www.vinoteque.co.za/collections/fleur-du-cap

Fleur du Cap swoops coveted Top 10 Chenin Blanc Award

Stellenbosch – Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2016 receives South Africa’s most coveted award for the cultivar, a Top10 recognition. 

 “We are extremely proud of the whole team achieving such high recognition. These awards are only made possible through the dedication of our winemaking team and producers”, says Elmarie Botes; Fleur du Cap winemaker, white wines.

International appreciation for Chenin Blanc from South Africa is gaining more and more interest amongst the wine fraternity. According to Lauren Buzzeo, recently appointed as managing editor of respected US wine publication Wine Enthusiast Magazine, “South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec. “(Watch Buzzeo give her opinion on the wine’s entered for this year’s Top10 Chenin Blanc competition.)

The annual Top 10 Chenin Blanc Awards recognises the style, value and excellence in the category. Wine awarded this title furthermore carry a symbol of excellence and a promise of quality.

Fleur du Cap recognises the need of the greater community and have therefore decided to support Street Smart South Africa by donating their prize money to this wonderful organisation.

“We are really thrilled to receive this generous donation from Fleur du Cap wines. StreetSmart SA partners with the hospitality industry to raise funds used to enable viable lives for street children and children at risk of landing on the street. 100% of all funds raised through our partners in restaurants, at cellar doors and accommodation establishments go towards education and family reunification programmes run by our local beneficiary organisations in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Helderberg, Paarl, Swellendam, Wellington, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.

The Fleur du Cap approach is unconstrained. Using only meticulously selected grapes from the finest vineyards from across the Western Cape, Fleur du Cap produces a range of wines that offer a diversity of choice and diversity of taste.

The grapes for the Unfiltered Chenin Blanc are sourced from a 30-year-old vineyard in Paarl and a 20-year-old vineyard in Darling. Both are dryland vineyards planted on Swartland shale. The Unfiltered Range wines are not pressured by filtration – letting gravity do the work- resulting in a rich, complex taste that abounds with fruit and flavour.

The wine is crystal clear with a golden green hue. The nose appeals with notes of winter melon, white blossoms, sandalwood and fresh citrus. The palate is big and bold. It is well-rounded and balanced between fruit, acidity and the sweetness.

This wine pairs well with a vast array of dishes ranging from rich salmon or lobster dishes to floral and fruity salads. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Only 220 cases of the Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2016 are available. Fleur du Cap wines, available at retail outlets nationwide, are found on many restaurant wine lists and can also be delivered to your door when purchased online through the Vinotèque.

An evening of celebration at the 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

Winners of the 52nd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced on Sunday 19 March 2017, at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

For over five decades the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards and Fleur du Cap Wines have been honouring excellence in theatre, an event that is a highlight of the Mother City’s cultural calendar. Category winners each received R15 000 and a silver medallion.

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. The nominees reflect the exceptional talent seen on stages in 2016, and which kept audiences coming back for more.

A total of 86 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration.

The awards, considered in 20 different categories, include awards for Lifetime Achievement, and Innovation in Theatre. Pieter Dirk Uys received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Makukhanye Art Room was awarded the Innovation in Theatre Award.

A special award – called Encore – was presented to the cast of The Fall, a unique production that was the result of real-life, live theatre, performed in real-time. The proximity to events portrayed – and in some cases, verbatim portrayals of an actual event – meant that the cast were creators, actors, and real-life participants all threaded into the fabric of the drama as it unfolded and continued to unfold.

The event was hosted by Africa Melane and Cathy Specific. Cathy delighted audiences with her joie de vivre and fabulously flamboyant wardrobe designed by KLûK CGDT. The glamorous audience included theatre-makers, producers, actors, past award recipients, dignitaries and Fleur du Cap wine brand ambassadors.

The award ceremony was directed by Matthew Wild and assistant director Jason Jacobs. Audiences applauded Janine Neethling’s seamlessly choreographed entertainment that included the Rudi Smit dancers, Zoe Modiga’s Afro Jazz, Cape Town Opera’s African Angels and a musical medley from Priscilla Queen of the Dessert, Funny Girl, Joseph and Evita. The evening concluded in spectacular flair with guests being entertained by Amanda Tiffin and her band while enjoying wine from Fleur du Cap, custodians of the Awards.
  
The judges for the 2016 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Christine Moritz, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Niel Roux, Steyn du Toit and Tracey Saunders. The panel, made up largely of local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators, was chaired by non-voting Melanie Burke. Voting is done by secret ballot, and all processes are strictly overseen and audited by the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.

The full list of winners is as follows:

01. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Andrew Buckland for The Inconvenience of Wings as Paul

02. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jennifer Steyn for The Inconvenience of Wings as Sara

03. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Rob van Vuuren for A Doll’s House as Nils Krogstad

04. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Anthea Thompson for A Doll’s House as Mrs Kristine Linde

05. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Marlo Minnaar for Santa Gamka as Lucky Marais

06. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Paul du Toit for Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Hedwig

07. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Genna Galloway for Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Yitzhak

08. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Jonathan Roxmouth for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh

09. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHO
Taryn Sudding for Annie as Grace

10. AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
NO AWARD MADE IN THIS CATEGORY

11. BEST DIRECTOR
Lara Foot for The Inconvenience of Wings

12. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Faheem Bardien for Ityala Lamawele

13. BEST SET DESIGN
Saul Radomsky for Clybourne Park

14. BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Niall Griffin for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

15. BEST SOUNDSCAPE, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
David Kramer for District Six Kanala – Original Music Composition and Original Score

16. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN
NO AWARD MADE IN THIS CATEGORY

17. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Mongiwekhaya for I See You

18. BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Mbongeni Mtshali

19. AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
Makukhanye Art Room

20. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Pieter-Dirk Uys

SPECIAL ENCORE AWARD
Ameera Conrad, Thando Mangcu, Oarabile Ditsele, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Sihle Mnqwazana & Cleo Raatus for The Fall.

The 53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be held at the Baxter Theatre in March 2018.

Share your Flair at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017

Come and Share your Flair with Fleur du Cap wines at the iconic Stellenbosch Wine Festival this weekend; 24 – 26 February 2017.

 

At this three-day event Fleur du Cap will showcase an array of their wines, produced at the famous Bergkelder in Stellenbosch. Visitors will be able to sip on the Natural Light range, which will be ideally suited to the hot afternoons, or savour the more delicate, yet bold Unfiltered range.

 

To give the Fleur du Cap experience some flair visitors will be enticed to try their ‘Tapas with Flair’ available from the Gourmet Lane, created by well-known local chef and salt aficionado Craig Cormack. Gourmet tapas each paired with a glass of wine from the Fleur du Cap Range;

 

  • Pulled pork with a brioche bun paired with Bergkelder Selection Pinotage
  • Mushroom gnocchi paired with Natural Light Rosé
  • Fish goujons with chips paired with Natural Light Chenin Blanc

 

Take your culinary inquisitiveness even further by joining one of our tasting sessions at The Tasting Room. Spend 30 minutes with one of the Fleur du Cap winemakers while they guide you through a journey of food and wine.

 

The festival opens at 14:00 on Friday and 12:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the weekend are available through Webtickets -(http://www.webtickets.co.za/EventCategories.aspx?itemid=1465810630)

Nominees for the 52nd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards announced

The 52nd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards today announced its nominees. These annual awards are amongst the most coveted in the South African performing arts fraternity. This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday, 19 March at 18:00 at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and promises an evening that is ‘Alive with Flair’.

 

For over 50 years the Fleur du Cap wine brand has proudly associated itself with the Theatre Awards as they showcase the flair that is synonymous with the wine. “The awards enable us to support theatre-makers who offer moments of freedom and purposeful expression,” says Distell Luxury Brand Director, Carina Gous.

 

Both the Fleur du Cap wine brand and Theatre Awards have played a significant role in the lives of South African theatre-makers through awarding excellence in professional theatre.

 

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. These nominations reflect the exceptional talent seen on stages last year, and which kept audiences coming back for more.

 

The awards are considered in 20 different categories including awards for the Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The recipients of the latter two will be announced at the ceremony next month.  A total of 85 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration.  Unfortunately an insufficient number of student productions could be adjudicated last year and consequently the award for the Most Promising Student will not be made. Similarly, no award is being made in the category for Best Puppetry Design. The judges for the 2016 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Christine Moritz, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Niel Roux, Steyn du Toit and Tracey Saunders.

 

It was an exhilarating year in our theatres, where real life and art became interchangeable. “The stage was set for expressions of individual and collective stories, without which we would not be able to celebrate excellence in theatre. Thank you to Fleur du Cap wines, the hardworking panel of judges, theatre-makers and all the creatives behind the scenes who made this possible,” says Melanie Burke, chairman of the judging panel.

 

For a production to be eligible, a run of a minimum of eight performances over a period of three weeks at the same venue is required. Each award carries a cash prize of R15 000 and is accompanied by a silver medallion. All voting processes are audited and overseen by the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.

 

The nominees in the various categories (Name – Play – Role) are:

best performance by a lead actor in a play

Andrew Buckland for The Inconvenience of Wings as Paul

Desmond Dube for I See You as Buthelezi

Marius Weyers for The Father as André

Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi for Cattle Drive as Ra

Ralph Lawson for A Voice I Cannot Silence as Alan Paton

 

best performance by a lead actress in a play

Anna-Mart van der Merwe for The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek as Elmarie Kleynhans

Ilse Klink for Kristalvlakte as Priscilla

Jennifer Steyn for The Inconvenience of Wings as Sara

Jennifer Steyn for A Doll’s House as Nora Helmer

Susan Danford for Clybourne Park as Bev/Kathy

 

best performance by a supporting actor in a play

David Viviers for The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner as James

Dean John Smith for Kristalvlakte as Ephraim

Lunga Radebe for I See You as Shabangu

Motheo Madisa for Cattle Drive as Enoch

Rob van Vuuren for A Doll’s House  as Nils Krogstad

 

best performance by a supporting actress in a play

Amy-Louise Wilson for The Father as Laura

Anthea Thompson for A Doll’s House as Mrs Kristine Linde

Babalwa Zimbini for Ityala Lamawele as Yiliwe

Bianca Flanders for Kristalvlakte as Miela

Megan Furniss for The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner as The Mother

 

best performance in a revue, cabaret or one-person show

Antoinette Kellerman for As die broek pas as Ella Gericke

Daniel Richards for Pay Back The Curry as Various

Marlo Minnaar for Santa Gamka as Luck Marais

Pieter-Dirk Uys for The Echo of a Noise as The Narrator

Wessel Pretorius for Die Ontelbare 48 as Various

 

best performance by a lead actor in a musical or music theatre show

Anton Luitingh for Annie as Daddy Warbucks

Earl Gregory for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Joseph

Jonathan Roxmouth for I’m Playing Your Song: The Marvin Hamlisch Story as Marvin Hamlisch

Jonathan Roxmouth for Sweeney Todd as Sweeney Todd

Paul du Toit for Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Hedwig

 

best performance by a lead actress in a musical or music theatre show

Bianca le Grange for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as The Narrator

Charon Williams-Ros for Sweeney Todd as Mrs Lovett

Charon Williams-Ros for Annie as Miss Hannigan

Genna Galloway for Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Yitzhak

Lilla Fleischmann for Annie as Annie

 

best performance by a supporting actor in a musical or music theatre show

Dean Roberts for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Jacob/Potiphar

Germandt Geldenhuys for Sweeney Todd as Adolfo Pirelli

Jonathan Roxmouth for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Pharaoh

Michael Richard for Sweeney Todd as Judge Turpin

Richard Vorster for Annie as Drake

 

best performance by a supporting actress in a musical or music theatre show

Candice van Litsenborgh for Sweeney Todd as Various

Delray Halgryn for Annie as Lily

Sanli Jooste for Sweeney Todd as Johanna

Taryn Sudding for Annie as Grace

Zoleka Mpotsha for A Man of Good Hope as Asad (as a boy) / Musharaf

 

best director

Christiaan Olwagen for A Doll’s House

Jaco Bouwer for Santa Gamka

Lara Foot for Karoo Moose

Lara Foot for The Inconvenience of Wings

Noma Dumezweni for I See You

 

best lighting design

Ben Cracknell for Annie

Faheem Bardien for Ityala Lamawele

Jaco Bouwer for Santa Gamka

Tina le Roux for Sweeney Todd

Wolf Britz for A Doll’s House

 

best set design

Colin Richmond for Annie

Greg King for Sweeney Todd

Rocco Pool for The Father

Rocco Pool for A Doll’s House

Saul Radomsky for Clybourne Park

 

best costume design

Birrie le Roux for District Six Kanala

Birrie le Roux for Clybourne Park

Colin Richmond for Annie

Neil Stuart Harris for Sweeney Todd

Niall Griffin for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

 

best soundscape, original music composition or original score

David Kramer for District Six Kanala – Original Music Composition and Original Score

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek – Soundscape

Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi & Motheo Madisa for Cattle Drive – Soundscape

Ulric Namasun Roberts for Santa Gamka – Soundscape

Wilken Calitz for Kristalvlakte – Soundscape and Original Score

 

best new south african script

Amy Jephta for Kristalvlakte

Lara Foot for The Inconvenience of Wings

Mongiwekhaya for I See You

Penelope Youngleson for Sillage

Ralph Lawson & Greg Homann for A Voice I Cannot Silence

 

best new director

Mbongeni Mtshali

Quanita Adams

Wessel Pretorius

 

 

Tickets sales for the awards ceremony at the Artscape Theatre, open on March 01, 2017 via Computicket (0861 915 8000) and is R250 per person. Share your Flair with Fleur du Cap wine and celebrate excellence in theatre with the award recipients!

TWO Platter’s FIVE STAR awards for FLEUR DU CAP

A series of recent awards have culminated in the ultimate five star Platter’s Wine Guide 2017 awards for Fleur du Cap’s 2015 Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Noble Late Harvest. The Guide describes a 5-star wine as ‘Superlative – a Cape Classic’

Only 94 wines were awarded five stars in the 2017 edition by the panel who tasted wine from more than 600 producers. The Platter’s Wine Guide is considered to be one of the most internationally renowned and competent wine guides for South African wines and remains the best-selling annual wine guide of its kind. This is the ninth 5-star recognition for the Noble Late Harvest, which is also the only South African wine to have ever been awarded five stars in seven consecutive years.

“It is very humbling to receive such an honour from Platter’s. Everyone in our team works really hard to produce these exceptional wines, and it is wonderful to have special moments like these to reflect and celebrate our achievements,” says winemaker Elmarie Botes.

Fleur du Cap wines, available at retail outlets nationwide, are found on many restaurant wine lists and can also be delivered to your door when purchased online through the Vinotèque: https://www.vinoteque.co.za/collections/fleur-du-cap

 

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