Fugard Productions Receive Twenty Fleur du Cap Award Nominations

Fugard Productions Receive Twenty Fleur du Cap Award Nominations
Desmond Dube in I SEE YOU
Photo credit: Johan Persson

Productions that the Fugard Theatre has produced or hosted in 2016 have received an incredible twenty nominations in the recently announced shortlist for the Fleur du Cap Awards.

Nominated shows that were presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre include CLYBOURNE PARK, THE FATHER (three nominations each), THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK and DISTRICT SIX - KANALA (two nominations each). Nominated productions that the Fugard has hosted are KRISTALVLAKTE (four nominations) and A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE (two nominations). I SEE YOU, which was presented by The Market Theatre, Johannesburg and the Royal Court, London in association with The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, has been nominated for four awards.

Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. Daniel Galloway says:

We are honoured to be nominated for twenty awards across seven shows in 2016. Congratulations to all nominees. A special congratulations to every single person who worked so hard to contribute to the success of all the productions presented last year.

I SEE YOU has been nominated for Best New South African Script for Mongiwekhaya, Best Director for Noma Dumezweni, Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play for Desmond Dube and Best Supporting Actor in a Play for Lunga Radebe. I SEE YOU played hot off its premiere at the Royal Court, London and Market Theatre run, Johannesburg, and tells a story of a student accused of a crime he didn't commit.

THE PAINTED ROCKS AT REVOLVER CREEK marked South African legend Athol Fugard's latest play, which was inspired by the life of a farm worker and artist called Nukain Mabuza. It featured Anna-Mart van der Merwe who is currently on stage at the Fugard Studio in THE MOTHER, and who has been nominated for her role in Fugard's play for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Charl-Johan Lingenfelder has been nominated for his soundscape for the play in the category of Best Soundscape, Original Music Composition or Original Score.

Fugard Productions Receive Twenty Fleur du Cap Award Nominations
Pope Jerrod, Lesoko Seabe, Nicholas Pauling
and Andrew Buckland in CLYBOURNE PARK
Photo credit: Jesse Kate Kramer

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony and Olivier awards, CLYBOURNE PARK was directed by Greg Karvellas and received great acclaim in the press and played to full houses for the season. It picked up nominations for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play for Susan Danford, Best Set Design for Saul Radomsky and Best Costume Design for Birrie le Roux.

Florian Zeller's THE FATHER is a funny, sad and poignant exploration of dementia, was also directed by Greg Karvellas who is the Fugard Theatre's resident director. Marius Weyers has been nominated for his performance in the title role, while Rocco Pool has been nominated for Set Design and Amy Louise Wilson for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play.

David Kramer's DISTRICT SIX - KANALA, which has played to full houses and overwhelming acclaim since opening in February 2016, has also been nominated in the Best Soundscape, Original Music Composition or Original Score category for his Original Music Composition and Original Score for the production. Birrie Le Roux has again been nominated for Best Costume Design.

KRISTALVALKTE, hosted by the Fugard as part of the Suidoosterfees, and directed by Mari Borstlap has garnered nominations for Ilse Klink as Best Lead Actress in a Play, Bianca Flanders for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Dean John Smith for Best Supporting Actor in a Play and Amy Jephta for Best New South African Script.

Fugard Productions Receive Twenty Fleur du Cap Award Nominations
Ralph Lawson in A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE
Photo credit: Val Adamson

Also hosted by the Fugard Theatre, A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE was originally funded by the National Arts Festival and the South African State Theatre, and produced by The Arts Trust of South Africa. A moving and empathetic personal examination of life as portrayed through Alan Paton's own words, stories, poems, and autobiographies, the play was written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, who have been nominated for Best New South African script. Ralph Lawson has been nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Play for his role as Paton.

The winners of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday 19 March at 18:00. Limited tickets are available to the public.

DISTRICT SIX - KANLA runs at the Fugard Theatre until 26 February. THE MOTHER is on at the Fugard Studio until 4 March. Tickets for both shows can be booked online at Computicket, by phone on 0861 915 8000, at any Shoprite Checkers outlet or through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.


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