Matilda Awards 2012 – Winners Announced!

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Congratulations to the 2012 Matilda Award nominees and winners, announced last night at Gardens Theatre to an audience of 350 theatre makers, by the hostess with the mostess, ADELE aka the extraordinarily talented Naomi Price, who boldly and brassily managed to mention aloud every possible aspect of local industry that would ordinarily be left unsaid, leaving the crowd in stitches!


We also heard from the Minister for the Arts, Ian Walker (“He’s already doing better than the last one ’cause he’s fucking HERE!”), Cr Krista Adams, and the inspirational, incomparable Caroline Kennison about her win over breast cancer, and the women who continue to inspire her. I cannot begin to describe to you the feeling in the room when Caroline was introduced, suffice to say the room filled with love and admiration for this woman. Similarly, when Helen Howard and later, Margi Brown Ash took to the stage to accept their awards, the generous applause and vocal appreciation for these extraordinary women was overwhelming. Of course the guys received no less love, and it was rather special to have the Bille Brown Best Emerging Artist Award added to the mix, with Lizzie Ballinger being the inaugural recipient.



Big props to Rosemary Walker and the Matilda Committee for putting on such a great show – it gets better and better each year – so that we can come together and celebrate our theatrical community in style!

In the past, the Matilda Awards have battled to be taken seriously and, although they are still so obviously Brisbane-centric, it’s also true that a lot of the best work is happening in the city. If it’s not, it needs to be, in order to be seen by the Matilda panel, and arguably, by the more discerning audiences. Regional theatre makers, you know it’s always been so, so if awards and the street cred that comes with them now are important to you, you’d better get your show on the road and into a Brisbane theatre.



Bryan Probets


Simone Romaniuk


Helen Howard

David Walters

Margi Brown Ash





Best Mainstage Production
by Queensland Theatre Company


A Tribute of Sorts

Best New Australian Work
by Benjamin Schostakowski



A Tribute of Sorts

Best Independent Production
by Benjamin Schostakowski


Dash Kruck

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
in A Tribute of Sorts


Emily Curtin

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
in A Tribute of Sorts


Bryan Probets

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
in As You Like It


Louise Brehmer & Luisa Prosser

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
in Thérèse Raquin


Therese Raquin

Helen Howard

Best Director
for Thérèse Raquin


Simone Romaniuk

Best Design
for Kelly

Lizzie Ballinger

Bille Brown Award: Best Emerging Artist
for Thérèse Raquin


Roxanne McDonald

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Career Achievement Award


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