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!

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