Celebrating a golden age of theatre!
Celebrating a golden age of theatre!
Wellington was host to the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards last night (15 December) at the Paramount Cinema – to celebrate Wellington’s diverse, adventurous, brave, definitely NOT dying theatre community with awards honouring the best of 2013’s performances and craft.
The evening was MC’d by the talented Hayley Sproull, who also went on to win Best Female Newcomer for her Comedy Festival show Outsiders’ Guide.
The big winners on the night were Trick of the Light Theatre’s The Road That Wasn’t There, which won Best New Director; Hannah Smith, Outstanding New New Zealand Play; Ralph Mc-Cubbin Howell, and Production of the Year.
The Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre was awarded by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown to Playmarket, for 40 years dedication, passion, altruism, longevity and hard work in the arts. Playmarket provides development, support and representation of New Zealand playwrights. Founding members Robert Lord, Nonnita Rees, Judy Russell and Ian Fraser we honoured on behalf of this world-renowned kiwi institution.
The Critics Wildcard Award went to 13 year old theatre company The Bacchanals as an Ensemble Award for guts, determination, Kiwi ingenuity and inspired profligacy with zero budget.
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards wishes to sincerely
thank our sponsors for making this special evening possible:
Chapman Tripp, Wellington City Council, Circa Theatre, BATS
Theatre, Taki Rua, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Victoria
University, Constance Scott Kirkcaldie, Emerging Artist
Trust, Whitireia Performing Arts, Grouse Lighting, WETA
Workshop, Park Road Post Productions, The Mayor Celia
Wade-Brown, Playmarket, Capital E National Theatre for
Children, Watson-McKenzie Photography, Brancott Estate,
ProActors, eCaster, Museum Hotel, Multi Media Systems,
Marmalade Audio, Paramount Theatre, The Improvisors, The
Dominion Post and the hard working critics panel.
And the winners are . . .
The Critics Wildcard
The Bacchanals - Ensemble Award for guts, determination, Kiwi ingenuity and inspired profligacy with zero budget.
Circa Award Donated by TACT Most Promising Male
Joe Dekkers-Reihana – Coriolanus
Emerging Artist Trust and Whitireia Performing Arts Most
Promising Female Newcomer
Hayley Sproull – Outsiders’ Guide
The George Webby Most Promising New Director of the
Year sponsored by Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and
Victoria University of Wellington
Hannah Smith – The Road That Wasn’t There
The Peter Harcourt Outstanding
New Playwright of the Year sponsored by BATS Theatre and
Taki Rua Productions
Sarita Keo Kossamak So – Neang Neak’s Legacy
The Grouse Lighting Award for Lighting
Designer of the Year
Marcus McShane – Broken River
The Weta Workshop Award for Set Designer of the
Andrew Foster – Red
The Paul Jenden Costume
Designer of the Year sponsored by Chapman Tripp
Kasia Pol – Sydney Bridge Upside Down
The Park Road Post
Production Award for Sound Designer of the Year
Tane Upjohn-Beatson – Broken River
The Mayor’s Award for
Significant Contribution to Theatre
Playmarket – for 40 years dedication, passion, altruism, longevity and hard work in the arts.
Outstanding Composer of Music (private
Gareth Farr – Duck, Death and the Tulip
Absolutely Positively Most Original Production of the
Squidboy – Theatre Beating
and Capital E - National Theatre for Children Outstanding
New New Zealand Play
The Road That Wasn’t There – Ralph McCubbin Howell
The Chapman Tripp Supporting
Actor of the Year
Aaron Cortesi – Sydney Bridge Upside Down
The Chapman Tripp Award for Supporting Actress of the
Nancy Brunning – Neang Neak’s Legacy
Richard Campion Accolade for an Outstanding Performance
sponsored by Chapman Tripp and Watson McKenzie
Renee Lyons – Nick: An Accidental Hero
The Dorothy McKegg Actress of the Year sponsored by
Erin Banks - Tribes
The Grant Tilly
Actor of the Year sponsored by The ProActors and
Byron Coll – Midsummer – A Play With Songs
The Museum Hotel Award for Director of the
Geoff Pinfield – The Magic Chicken
Tripp Award for Production of the Year
The Road That Wasn’t There – Trick of the Light Theatre