December 12, 2011
THE 2011 DUNEDIN THEATRE AWARDS WINNERS
PLan D is thrilled to announce the winners for the 2011 Dunedin Theatre Awards as announced at the ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre. It was a fantastic event with everyone dolled up to the tens! Mark Neilson had the audience in stitches as the Master of Ceremonies and our very own Dunedin City Council Arts Officer Cara Paterson was on hand to give out the gongs.
Best DESIGN (TECHNICAL)
Stephen Kilroy: Lighting Design, The Tutor, Fortune Theatre
Best DESIGN (SCENOGRAPHIC)
Peter King: Set Design, Avenue Q, Fortune Theatre
James Higgs, Miguel Nitis, Nikki Kidd: Avenue Q, Fortune Theatre
Jake Metzger: The Tutor, Fortune Theatre
Best VISITING PRODUCTION:
Mates And Lovers: Fabulous Arts Aotearoa New Zealand
Best SCRIPT/ NARRATIVE:
Simon Cunliffe: The Truth Game
Best PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Peter Hayden: The Truth Game, Fortune Theatre
Best PERFORMANCE (FEMALE):
Elena Stejko: A Shortcut To Happiness, Fortune Theatre
Richard Huber: Waiting For Godot, The Globe Theatre
PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Waiting For Godot: The Globe Theatre
RISING STAR AWARD
The Panel have great joy in honouring three emerging groups who have exhibited excellence in creating work of a high calibre that broadens the range of theatre in Dunedin.
Stageworks Theatre Society Otago Inc
Young, Wild & Fortunate
INDUSTRY SUPPORT AWARDS
The Panel have chosen to award the Otago Community Trust it’s significant contribution to many differing groups in Dunedin. Over the last five years the trust has given out over $3.7 million to established theatres and community groups alike to allow them to provide access to enjoyable, interesting and unique artistic experiences.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DUNEDIN THEATRE
Clare has been a teacher, actor, musician, director and producer in the arts for the last twenty years. She has worked with a variety of performance groups in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She is a member of Talking House; WoW! Productions; Idea Services. In 2006 she was production manager for the opera Carmen featuring an international cast. She works with mixed ability people for the Idea Service’s Acting Up company devising work from the group itself. She has taught Drama teachers at the College of Education and currently teaches at the Theatre Studies Department at the University of Otago. In 2008 she co-ordinated the ADSA Conference hosted in Dunedin and currently she is heavily involved in the North East Valley community taking theatre directly to the community. In 2012 she will teach Improv at the University’s summer school in Auckland. She initiated Stage South and it’s Read Out Loud and Write Out Loud which have provided a wide range of works for Dunedin audiences.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award honours Roger Hall for his career as New Zealand’s best known and popular playwright. He has twice been awarded the Burns Fellowship and taught Playwriting at the University of Otago. He was the original Patron of the Fortune Theatre and in the seventeen years he was living in Dunedin the Fortune produced many premieres of his work. His work with Lisa Warrington re-invigorated the Otago University Capping Show filling the Regent to capacity. In 1989 he created the New Zealand Writer’s week in an era when Festivals focused on overseas writers and artists. Early in his career he wrote for television and has also written radio dramas, musical, books and plays for children. His plays have been performed in 9 other countries and Conjugal Rites was produced as a sitcom in the UK. Roger has a special connection with Dunedin – both of his children were brought up here and it is with great joy that Dunedin celebrates his achievements.
[Theatreview is delighted to offer all the winners a year’s free membership of the NZ Performing Arts Directory (PAD)]