Two stalwarts of the stage recognised at Fleur du Cap awards
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.
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
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