Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Paul du Toit in his Fleur du Cap
Theatre Award nominated
performance as Hedwig in HEDWIG
AND THE ANGRY INCH. The
production, which ran at Gate69,
was also nominated for Best
Performance by Lead Actress in a
Musical or Music Theatre Show
(Genna Galloway as Yitzhak).

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. 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.

Both the Fleur du Cap wine brand and the Theatre Awards have played a significant role in the lives of South African theatre-makers through awarding excellence in professional theatre. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities, with the winners being chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town.

The awards are considered in 20 different categories including special awards for Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The recipients of these special will be announced at
the ceremony next month.

The nominations for the 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards reflect the exceptional talent seen on stages last year, which kept audiences coming back for more. Distell Luxury Brand Director, Carina Gous, comments:

The awards enable us to support theatre-makers who offer moments of freedom and purposeful expression.

A total of 85 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, 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.

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Andrew Buckland and Jennifer
Steyn are both nominated for
their performances in THE
INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS,
which is also up for Best Director
and Best New South African Script
- two of Lara Foot's three
nominations this year.
Photo credit: Dani O'Neill/CuePix

It was an exhilarating year in our theatres, where real life and art became interchangeable. Melanie Burke, the chair of the judging panel, says:

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.

The judges for the 2016 productions were Dr Beverley Brommert, Steyn du Toit, Marina Griebenow, Africa Melane, Christine Moritz, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders, Johan van Lill and Eugene Yiga.

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 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/NGIYAKUBONA EK SIEN JOU/NDIYAKUBONA 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

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominee Susan
Danford (left) with her CLYBOURNE PARK co-star,
Claire-Louise Worby. CLYBOURNE PARK is also
nominated for Best Set Design (Saul Radomsky)
and Best Costume Design (Birrie le Roux).
Photo credit: Jesse Kate Kramer

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 KRISTALVALKTE as Ephraim
Lunga Radebe for I SEE YOU/NGIYAKUBONA EK SIEN JOU/NDIYAKUBONA 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

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominees David Viviers
and Megan Furniss flank, Andrew Laubscher in THE
FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER.
Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 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

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Jonathan Roxmouth has earned
two Fleur du Cap Theatre Award
nominations for Best Performance
by a Lead Actor in a Musical or
Music Theatre Show, for SWEENEY
TODD and I'M PLAYING YOUR SONG:
THE Marvin Hamlisch STORY.

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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET as Adolfo Pirelli
Jonathan Roxmouth for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as Pharaoh
Michael Richard for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET as Various
Delray Halgryn for ANNIE as Lily
Sanli Jooste for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET 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/NGIYAKUBONA/EK SIEN JOU/NDIYAKUBONA

Nominees Announced for 52nd Annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
Rebecca Makin-Taylor and
Michele Belknap in Penelope
Youngleson's SILLAGE, which is
nominated for Best New South
African Script.
Photo credit: Ivan Blazic/CuePix

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Ben Cracknell for ANNIE
Faheem Bardien for ITYALA LAMAWELE
Jaco Bouwer for SANTA GAMKA
Tina le Roux for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
Wolf Britz for A DOLL'S HOUSE

BEST SET DESIGN

Colin Richmond for ANNIE
Greg King for SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
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: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
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 and 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/NGIYAKUBONA/EK SIEN JOU/NDIYAKUBONA
Penelope Youngleson for SILLAGE
Ralph Lawson & Greg Homann for A VOICE I CANNOT SILENCE

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Mbongeni Mtshali
Quanita Adams
Wessel Pretorius

This year's Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards 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'. Bookings for the event - with tickets costing R250 per person - will be handled by Computicket, and open on 1 March, Share your flair with Fleur du Cap wine and celebrate excellence in theatre with the award recipients!

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