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Sun Sep 25 17:42:30 SAST 2016

Two stalwarts of the stage recognised at Fleur du Cap awards

Staff Reporter | 21 March, 2016 07:52
Actor‚ director and playwright John Kani‚ 72‚ was given a lifetime achievement award. File photo
Image by: Raymond Preston

Two veterans of the South African stage were honoured at the 2015 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards in Cape Town on Sunday.

Actor‚ director and playwright John Kani‚ 72‚ was given a lifetime achievement award‚ and Sandra Prinsloo‚ 68‚ was named best actress for her role as Irina Nikolajewna Arkadina in "Die Seemeeu".

In the play – an Afrikaans translation of The Gull by Anton Chekhov - Prinsloo played a successful actress who knows her star – and her body – will not be shining forever.

Eighty-six productions were eligible for 2015 Fleur du Cap awards. In addition‚ 66 student performances were considered for the most promising student award‚ won by Kiroshan Naidoo.

Awards were presented in 18 categories‚ and two special awards went to Kani the Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

The festival was honoured for providing a platform for artists who want to venture into acting‚ stage management‚ writing and directing.

Sunday’s ceremony at the Baxter Theatre was directed by Thando Doni and hosted by Africa Melane and Lynelle Kenned‚ who was named best actress in a musical for her role as Maria in the Fugard Theatre’s production of West Side Story.

The judges were Melane‚ Beverley Brommert‚ Christine Moritz‚ Eugene Yiga‚ Gillian Mitchell‚ Herman van der Westhuizen‚ Johan van Lill‚ Marina Griebenow‚ Peter Tromp‚ Steyn du Toit and Tracey Saunders. The panel‚ made up largely of critics‚ journalists‚ writers and drama teachers‚ was chaired by Melanie Burke.

The winners

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Gerben Kamper for Samsa-masjien as Gregor Samsa

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Sandra Prinsloo for Die Seemeeu as Irina Nikolajewna Arkadina

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

 Sven Ruygrok for Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles as This Boy

 BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Cintaine Schutte for Die Seemeeu as Masja

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE‚ CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW

Graham Weir for Dead Yellow Sands as various characters

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Aubrey Poo for Orpheus in Africa as Orpheus McAdoo

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Lynelle Kenned for West Side Story as Maria

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Sne Dladla for Orpheus in Africa as various characters

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Jill Levenberg for Orpheus in Africa as Lucy Moten

AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT

Kiroshan Naidoo from UCT

BEST DIRECTOR

Jaco Bouwer for Samsa-masjien

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Guy de Lancey for Dead Yellow Sands

BEST SET DESIGN

Jaco Bouwer for Samsa-masjien

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Birrie le Roux for Orpheus in Africa

BEST SOUND DESIGN‚ ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE

Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Samsa-masjien - Soundscape and original score

BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT

Samsa-masjien by Willem Anker

ROSALIE VAN DER GUCHT PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTORS

Mdu Kweyama for Missing

- TMG Digital

 

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