The winners of the 51st annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards have been announced at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town this evening, Sunday 20 March 2016. The ceremony was directed by Thando Doni.
The onstage entertainment included Ama Africa Marimba Band, Alan Parker, sitar player Naresh Chauhan, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, Music van de Caab with Zenobia Kloppers and Tribal Echo, Bovim Ballet, Sibonelo Dance Company, young violinist Anele Mhlahlo, saxophonist Heinrich Isaacs and an Afrikaans medley by Pedro Kruger. The evening concluded in spectacular fashion with jazzy and contemporary vibes by Breakfast Included.
The event was hosted by Africa Melane together with Lynelle Kenned, who won the award in the category Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Maria in the Fugard Theatre’s production of West Side Story. The glamorous audience was made up of the Who’s Who of the South African theatre scene, dignitaries, and members of the public.
Doni's concept showcased a fusion of cultures, food and wine giving rise to new beginnings, incorporating the Awards' unique role in the growth of South African theatre and celebrating the synergy and partnerships over the past 51 years between theatre spaces, actors, creatives, technicians, Fleur du Cap wines and the Distell Foundation, both sponsors of the awards.
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, which is ranked highly on the Mother City's cultural calendar, have been honouring theatre excellence for over five decades. Category winners each received R15 000 and a newly designed silver medallion.
A total of 86 productions were eligible in 2015. In addition, 66 student performances were considered for The Most Promising Student Award. Nominees in the Student category are judged on their body of work throughout 2015.
Awards were presented in 18 different categories with two special awards being presented on the night. The immensely talented and legendary Dr John Kani was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his vast contribution to theatre over a long and successful career. The Zabalaza Theatre Festival received the Award for Innovation in Theatre for their phenomenal contribution to the development of new South African work by providing a platform for artists who want to venture into acting, stage management, writing and directing.
The judges for the 2015 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Christine Moritz, Eugene Yiga, Gillian Mitchell, Herman van der Westhuizen, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Peter Tromp, 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 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:
1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Gerben Kamper for Samsa-masjien as Gregor Samsa
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Sandra Prinsloo for Die Seemeeu as Irina Nikolajewna Arkadina
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Sven Ruygrok for Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles as This Boy
4. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cintaine Schutte for Die Seemeeu as Masja
5. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Graham Weir for Dead Yellow Sands as various characters
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Aubrey Poo for Orpheus in Africa as Orpheus McAdoo
7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Lynelle Kenned for West Side Story as Maria
8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Sne Dladla for Orpheus in Africa as various characters
9.BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Jill Levenberg for Orpheus in Africa as Lucy Moten
10. AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Kiroshan Naidoo from UCT
Jaco Bouwer for Samsa-masjien
12. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Guy de Lancey for Dead Yellow Sands
13. BEST SET DESIGN
Jaco Bouwer for Samsa-masjien
14. BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Birrie le Roux for Orpheus in Africa
15. BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Samsa-masjien - Soundscape and original score
16. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN - NO AWARD FOR 2015 PRODUCTIONS
17. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Samsa-masjien by Willem Anker
18. ROSALIE VAN DER GUCHT PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTORS
Mdu Kweyama for Missing
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, supported by Fleur du Cap wines under the patronage of the Distell Foundation has for years supported theatre development initiatives through South Africa. Some of these initiatives include: skills development initiatives that introduce youth to theatre and nurture talented directors and theatre makers who are entering the theatre industry.
The 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be held at the Artscape Theatre in March 2017.
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