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Auckland Theatre Awards Announce Their 7th Annual Ceremony

Monday, 2 November 2015

The Auckland Theatre Awards Announce Their 7th Annual Ceremony

The Auckland Theatre Awards are back for another year! Get ready to laugh and be merry as we look back on the year that was in Auckland Theatre. Our recently appointed creative team of Producer, Sophie Dowson and Director, Eli Matthewson have been working hard to bring a new perspective and fresh approach to the event and proceedings this year.

Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide. Topping the honours will be the illustrious Excellence Awards. Having been chosen by a panel of 6 industry professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups. The returning ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Newcomer Awards’, and ‘Most Original Production’ will also be presented within this section of the evening.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are delighted to announce our esteemed hosts for the evening. Auckland theatre royalty Jennifer Ward-Lealand will MC the formal ceremony, with actress and comedian Kura Forrester hosting the remainder of the evening. Fresh from starring in TV3’s Funny Girls and touring her successful solo show Tiki Tour, Kura will no doubt have the house in fits with her hilarious antics. Forrester also joins this year’s ATA writing team along with Chris Parker, Jessica Joy Wood, Nic Sampson and Eli Matthewson.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are 100% funded by the community, for the community and would not be possible without the generous support of our key-presenting partners; Auckland Live, The Basement Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Q Theatre and the Auckland Arts Festival.

This year we have also received generous support from Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity, who will be sponsoring the “Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity Newcomer Awards” and Entertainment Accounting who, alongside No.1 Family Estate wines, are sponsoring bubbles on the door for our guests.

Staying true to form, the Auckland Theatre Awards will continue to present the People’s Choice Awards - with Best Pash, Best Technical F#*^ Up and Best Poster being some of the hotly contested accolades. All practitioners and audience members are invited to vote via the Auckland Theatre Awards Facebook page from the Thursday 16th November.

The People’s Choice Award section is supported by Mangere Arts Centre, TAPAC, Auckland Actors, Elephant Publicity, Gail Cowan Management, Equity NZ, South Pacific Pictures, Kathryn Rawlings Management, The Actors Program, Playmarket, APRA, Sharu Loves Hats, Johnson Laird Management and The Pantograph Punch.

So don’t miss out on the biggest night in the Auckland Theatre calendar! With this year’s theme of ‘High School Theatre’, haul out your old leotards, papier-mache masks and tin-foil crowns; whether you played
"Tree 2" in The Wizard of Oz or "Robot Ophelia" in Hamlet in Space, it's time to get those costumes out of the bottom draw and wear them with pride. If costumes aren’t your thing – dust off your glad rags and enjoy the show!

Auckland Theatre Awards 2015
Monday 7th December
The Wintergarden, The Civic
Red carpet from 6.30pm for a 7:30pm start
Theme: ‘High School Theatre’ or Formal
$25 presales or door sales $30


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