Artscape prides itself in being the premiere home for excellence in the Performing Arts in the Western Cape, and last night at a glittering function at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch, excellence in theatre was rewarded at the 58th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.
Collectively, the Artscape affiliated production scooped 8 of the awards in the competitive categories.
The most awarded production of the evening was Contested Bodies, an outrageous new South African play presented by Abrahamse & Meyer Productions, a company that picked up sixteen nominations. Contested Bodies picked up awards for Fred Abrahamse as BEST DIRECTOR, Marcel Meyer for BEST COSTUME DESIGN and for Lungile Lallie, Matthew Baldwin and Marcel Meyer for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE in their respective roles as John Nobody, Doctor James Barry, and Lord Charles Somerset.
The big musical theatre winner of the evening was another original South African piece, the haunting new musical Star+Crossed that won both the coveted BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL and BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL award for Earl Gregory and Isabella Jane respectively for their tour de force performances in this two hander musical. Star+Crossed was presented over the Festive season in the Artscape Arena in a joint co-production between Abrahamse and Meyer Productions and VR Theatrical.
The awards for Contested Bodies and Star+Crossed were a celebration of Artscape commitment to present original South African works on our stages that reflect the diversity of our national heritage.
Cape Town Opera, one of Artscape’s resident companies, won big in the two opera categories for their sumptuous production of Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro presented in the Artscape Opera House. Conroy Scott picked up the award for BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE for his performance of Figaro and Brittany Smith won BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE as Figaro’s great love Susanna.
Artscape also passionately advocates for the nurturing and building of new audiences and is thrilled that Marinda Egelbrecht and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck picked up the award for BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG AUDIENCES for their production of Vlooi en die Geheim/Kipper and the Secret which enthralled young theatre lovers on our Theatre stage.
Much admired set and costume designer, Peter Cazalet, who’s long and distinguished career is deeply connected with Artscape, was one of two winners of the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Award. For many years Peter was the head of CAPAB’s design department and his designs have graced stages across the world.
The second Lifetime Achievement Award went to David Kramer for his undisputed contribution to the arts and entertainment industry both nationally and internationally with his work as producer, musician and story-teller. David has captivated audiences not only on the Artscape stage but across the globe with his wonderful music and musical theatre productions.
Congratulations to all the Award Winners:
1. AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Mikayla Joy Brown | University of Stellenbosch/Honours
2. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Nadia Davids | Hold Still
3. BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Carlo Daniels | No Complaints – New Day, New Dawn
4. BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Marinda Engelbrecht and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck | Vlooi en die geheim/Kipper and the Secret
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE
Marcel Meyer, Matthew Baldwin and Lungile Lallie | Contested Bodies | Doctor James Barry, Lord Charles Somerset and John Nobody
6. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Daniel Newton | Shadow Boxing | Flynn
7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Earl Gregory | Star+Crossed | Billy
8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Isabella Jane | Star+Crossed | Bess
9. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN
Adrian Kohler | Handspring Puppet Company | Life and Times of Michael K
10. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Gideon Lombard | Karatara
11. BEST SET DESIGN
Greg King | Fordsburg’s Finest
12. BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Marcel Meyer | Contested Bodies
13. BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUNDSCAPE OR LIVE PERFORMANCE
Gideon Lombard | Karatara | Sound design
14. BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE
Conroy Scott | Le Nozze di Figaro | Figaro
15. BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE
Brittany Smith | Le Nozze di Figaro | Susanna
16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Carlo Daniels | The Unlikely Secret Agent | Various roles
17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Berenice Barbier | Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf | Honey
18. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Mwenya Kabwe | Hold Still | Rosa Feigel
19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Mncedisi Shabangu | Blood Knot | Zacharia
20. BEST DIRECTOR
Fred Abrahamse | Contested Bodies
21. BEST PRODUCTION
Baxter Theatre Centre; Theater der Welt, Düsseldorf; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg | Life and Times of Michael K