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Western Cape
Mar 20 2012 9:10AM
 
Theatre design takes centre stage at Fleur Du Cap awards
ELEGANT EVENING: The Fleur Du Cap Awards ceremony at the Baxter Theatre was stylish.
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Tarryn Saunders

Dressed in elegant finery, guests at the annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards ceremony at the Baxter Theatre Centre on Sunday night strolled down a red carpet, glass of Pongracz champagne in hand, to enjoy music by Donvino Prins and his band while sampling canapés.

The ceremony was presented with style and wit by the irreverent comedian Alan Committie and Egoli star Hannes van Wyk, with musical accompaniment by Heather Mac. The winners received Fleur Du Cap medal and prize money sponsored by Distell, who began this initiative in 1967.

This year there was a much-needed stronger focus on the artistic design side of theatre, with new categories being added to include puppetry, costume/mask design, set design, lighting design and sound design/original composition. It was won by James Webb for The Bird Watchers, for which he travelled to a location where the play was set and recorded the calls of the many birds mentioned in the script as part of his sound design.

The award for innovation in theatre was won by Deaf and Hearing integrated theatre company FTH:K, who have accumulated a vast collection of awards while breaking new ground in theatre development and redefining what it means to be a stage performer. The tribute was read in English and translated into sign language.

The lifetime achievement award was awarded to innovative teacher and theatre practitioner Christopher Weare, who has achieved a great many things in his lifetime and will continue to do so.

Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey took centre stage as it scooped up three awards including the prestigious peoples’ choice award, best lead actor in a play and best director.

Musical theatre star Jonathan Roxmouth was nominated for three awards, with his villainous roles as the treacherous Judas Escariot and the twisted Phantom, in Jesus Christ Superstar and The Phantom of The Opera winning him best lead actor and best supporting actor in a musical.

A strong message rang out that theatre accolades in Cape Town need to continue to become more inclusive of the complete spectrum of diversity and cultural variation that is present in our artistic world. – WCN

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