November 20, 2006


Yours Truly, a play about Jack the Ripper, by Albert Belz, has topped the nomination list for 2006 taking 9 nominations across the 20 categories including nominations for; New NZ Play of the year, Most Original Production of the Year, Actor of the Year, Director of the Year and Production of the Year.

By way of celebrating creative excellence and talent, the nominees have been selected from over 80 professional New Zealand productions performed in Wellington, by a panel of theatre critics from the following publications: New Zealand Listener, The Dominion Post, Capital Times & Theatreview.

The award categories and nominees in each category are as follows:

Award for Most Original Production of the Year

§      Arcane – theatreheuristic & BATS Theatre

§      Dr. Buller’s Birds – Circa Theatre

§      Yours Truly – Left of Centre Productions


Downstage Theatre Award for the Most Promising Male Newcomer of the Year

§      James Ashcroft – The Brilliant Fassah

§      Robert Lloyd – Fool for Love

§      Nic Sampson – Picture Perfect


Circa Award donated by TACT for the Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year

§      Rachel Forman – Fool for Love

§      Abby Marment – Picture Perfect

§      Holly Shanahan – Yours Truly


Sovereign Award for the Most Promising New Director of the Year

§      Julie Noever – Fool for Love

§      Leo Gene Peters – Shifting

§      Lyndee Jane Rutherford – Love Puke


The Dominion Post Award for Costume Designer of the Year

§      Gillie Coxhill – The Rivals

§      Zoë Fox – Yours Truly

§      Paul Jenden – Troy the Musical


Award for Lighting Designer of the Year

§      Bryan Caldwell – The Holy Sinner

§      Phillip Dexter – Dracula

§      Martyn Roberts – Yours Truly


Weta Workshop Award for Set Designer of the Year

§      John Hodgkins – Master Class

§      Grant Major – The Holy Sinner

§      Sven Mezhoud – The Brilliant Fassah


Western Audio Engineering Award for Sound Designer of the Year

§      Stephen Gallagher – Yours Truly

§      Matthew Lambourn – Dr. Buller’s Birds

§      Thomas Press – Dracula


Constance Scott Kirkcaldie Award for Outstanding Composer of Original Music

§      Peter Daube – Stories Told To Me Girls

§      Gareth Farr – Troy the Musical

§      Michael Nicholas Williams – Under Milk Wood


Peter Harcourt Award for Outstanding New Playwright of the Year Sponsored by BATS and Taki Rua

§      Jan Bolwell – Here’s Hilda

§      Julie Hill – Stories Told To Me By Girls

§      Sonya Stewart – Wheel 


The Absolutely Positively Outstanding New New Zealand Play of the Year

§      Picture Perfect – Ken Duncum

§      Troy the Musical – Paul Jenden

§      Yours Truly – Albert Belz 


The Radio Active’s 89FM Caffeine and Asprin Show Award for Supporting Actress of the Year

§      Erin Banks – Golden Boys

§      Geraldine Brophy – The Rivals

§      Heather O’Carroll – The Country


Chapman Tripp Award for Supporting Actor of the Year

§      K.C. Kelly – Fool for Love

§      Robert Tripe – Death of a Salesman

§      Julian Wilson – The Underpants


The performance categories are:


Gibson Group Accolade for Outstanding Performance


Grouse Lighting Accolade for Outstanding Performance


Chapman Tripp Award for Actress of the Year


Gail Cowan Management Award for Actor of the Year


There are 7 nominees:

§      Nick Blake – Yours Truly

§      Kerry Fox – The Blonde the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead

§      George Henare – Death of a Salesman

§      Jennifer Ludlam – Death of a Salesman

§      Malcolm Murray – The Country

§      Carol Smith – The Country

§      Tim Spite – The Brilliant Fassah


Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Award for Director of the Year

§      Rachel More – Under Milk Wood

§      David O’Donnell – Yours Truly

§      Susan Wilson – Death of a Salesman


Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year

§      Death of a Salesman – Circa Theatre

§      Troy the Musical – Circa Theatre

§      Yours Truly – Left of Centre Productions


The winner of the Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to the Theatre will be announced at the ceremony on the night.


The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards will be held

§      on Sunday 10th December

§      at the Duxton Hotel Ballroom.

Tickets to the event are $60 and include awards ceremony, complimentary drinks, dinner, and dance.

For booking details please contact Laura Staples: 

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