The Fugard Theatre scooped up three prestigious Fleur du Cap awards at the ceremony which was held at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday, 19 March. Here are our winners.
Saul Radomsky won the award for Best Set Design for the Fugard Theatre’s South African premiere production of Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Olivier award-winning Clybourne Park which was directed by Greg Karvellas. Radomsky's remarkable set, which had to age 50 years in the course of the play, received great acclaim during the 2016 season.
South African icon David Kramer won the award for Best Soundscape, Original Music Composition or Original Score category for his original music composition and original score for the Fugard production of District Six – Kanala which played to full houses and overwhelming acclaim since opening in February 2016. The production ran for more than 200 performances.
I See You, which was presented by The Market Theatre and the Royal Court in London in association with The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, played at the Fugard hot off its premiere at the Royal Court and run at the Market Theatre. Mongiwekhaya won Best New South African Script for the play, which tells a story of a student accused of a crime he didn’t commit.
"We are honoured to have received our nominations and these awards, especially in such esteemed company, and we congratulate all the winners and nominees,” says Daniel Galloway, executive director of the Fugard Theatre. "Saul's set change for Clybourne Park aging it fifty years between Act 1 and Act 2, drew audible gasps of amazement from the audience. We thank South African legend David Kramer for creating District Six – Kanala with us for the important remembrance of the forced removals of those who lived in District Six, and for reminding us of stories that need to be told through local music that must be remembered and celebrated.
"We also thank our partners at the Royal Court in London and Market Theatre in Johannesburg for assisting us to bring I See You to Cape Town,” says Galloway. "Mongiwekhaya's script touched many people deeply, in a unique South African context, in ways that only theatre can. We deeply appreciate the wonderful, world-class work which Eric Abraham continues to enable at the Fugard Theatre.”
So ry Miss Daisy with John Kani and Sandra Prinsloo is on at the Fugard Theatre until 31 March while Funny Girl – The Musical opens 18 April. On Sunday mornings, the Fugard Bioscope screens the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions. Other forthcoming productions include Hemelruim from 25 April and the South African musical King Kong from 25 July. For more information visit www.thefugard.com or contact the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.