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
19. AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
Makukhanye Art Room
20. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
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.