I’m a bit behind the eight ball but I think it’s important to post here, albeit a little late, the winners of The Groundlings, Queensland’s only people’s choice awards for Queensland-made theatre. Thanks to Kate Foy and actorsgreenroom.net y’all had the chance to nominate and vote for your favourite productions from last year. Did you nominate? Did you vote? The facts and figures to come out of the wash up are fascinating. Check them out here.
Are there any surprises here for you? Better make sure you get your vote in next time! And next up?
Proudly supported by Arts Queensland
and Brisbane City Council
Monday 10 March
6:30pm for a 7pm start
George Street, Brisbane City
Dash Kruck & Emily Burton
Michelle Xen & the Neon Wild
Special Guest Presenter
James Stewart (Packed to the Rafters)
2013 Groundling Award Winners –
Outstanding Contribution by an Actor: Nick Skubij
Body of Work includes Animal Farm; Out Damn Snot; Tequila Mockingbird
Outstanding Contribution by an Actress: Barbara Lowing
Body of Work includes The China Incident; Tequila Mockingbird; Motherland
Outstanding Contribution by a Director: Michael Futcher
Outstanding Contribution to Set Design: Josh McIntosh
Body of work includes Out Damn Snot; Blood Brothers; Tequila Mockingbird
Outstanding Contribution to Costume Design: Simone Romaniuk
The Wizard of Oz
Outstanding Contribution to Lighting Design: Jason Glenwright
Body of Work includes Oklahoma!; Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele; Animal Farm
Outstanding Contribution to Sound Design or Composition: Dane Alexander
The Wizard of Oz, Motherland
Outstanding Contribution to Multimedia Design: Luke Monsour and Ray Pittman
The Empty City
Outstanding Contribution to Innovative Theatre Practice: Dead Puppet Society
Best New Play in an Inaugural Queensland Season: Tequila Mockingbird by Nelle Lee
shake and stir theatre company
Best Production: Motherland by Katherine Lyall Watson Directed by Caroline Dunphy
Best Musical Theatre Production: Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele Devised and Produced by Adam Brunes and Naomi Price
the little red company
Best Co-Production: The Wizard of Oz (Maxine Mellor principal writer) Directed by Steven Mitchell Wright
the danger ensemble, La Boite Theatre Company, and The Brisbane Festival
Outstanding Contribution to Queensland theatre: shake and stir theatre company
for its contribution to theatre education for young people
Don’t you just love to get a glimpse inside someone else’s head? Here it is, for the first time in four years, the Ed’s Choice –
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS: Barbara Lowing
Bea Pontivec in The China Incident.
In a year notable for some thrilling performances by women, I found it hard to choose but finally it is Ms Lowing’s extraordinary creation of Bea Pontivec that gets my pick. I noted at the time it was “… a tour de force by an artist at the top of her game.” I still think this.
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR: Julian Curtis
The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie at La Boite Theatre
Not one of the big roles in this or in other plays during the year but in one of the classic supporting and absolutely pivotal roles in modern drama Mr Curtis gave a “relaxed, pitch-perfect performance,” giving sense and substance to a character often passed over in Williams’ play.
DIRECTION: Caroline Dunphy for Motherland.
Shaping a new play, one with multiple characters and casting, and a narrative that crosses temporal and spatial planes in a confined space – surely more than enough of a challenge for a director – but Ms Dunphy’s secure grasp of the shape and tone of the text was also superbly translated on to the tiny stage at Metro Arts.
COSTUME DESIGN: Simone Romaniuk for her always beautifully rendered, sensitive designs.
Venus in Fur; The Wizard of Oz.
SET DESIGN: Penny Challen for The Glass Menagerie.
Ms Challen’s bold and definitive design caught the tone of the production superbly.
SOUND DESIGN OR COMPOSITION: Gordon Hamilton: The Glass Menagerie
Thrilling stuff this – “the composition and sound design slices and rearranges fragments of other times’ moods and melodies.”
LIGHTING: David Walters Motherland; End of the Rainbow
One of the most experienced, accomplished, creative and innovative lighting designers working anywhere in the world.
NEW PLAY IN AN INAUGURAL QUEENSLAND SEASON:
Motherland by Katherine Lyall Watson
Beautifully written and expertly crafted, a gem of a play that weaves the epic and the personal and creates the kinds of roles actors long to play.
Motherland by Katherine Lyall Watson Directed by Caroline Dunphy
“This lovely ‘anti-epic’ – production is enormously accomplished, and the intimate tone at its heart fitted so beautifully into the little black-box of the Sue Benner Theatre at Metro Arts.”
Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele
Adele’s songs are brought to life by Naomi Price ”with heart and soul and terrific technique.” It’s “an extended monologue that feels like a conversation with friends … irreverent, deliciously wicked, funny, mouthy stuff … ”
CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE
The independent theatres and their makers, the dreamers and doers who are the lifeblood of our community. Thank you!