The winners of the 53rd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced on Sunday, 18 March 2018 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
For more than five decades the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards together with Fleur du Cap Wines have been honouring excellence in theatre, at this theatrical spectacular that is a highlight of the Mother City's cultural calendar.
Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. Category winners received R15 000 and a medallion.
A total of 115 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration. The awards, considered in 26 different categories, include special awards for Lifetime Achievement which went to Alvon Collison, and the Award for Innovation in Theatre was shared by Imbewu Trust and Kunste Onbeperk.
The event was hosted in fabulous fashion by Africa Melane who was supported by a variety of leading ladies who have previously been acknowledge on our stages and have the coveted Fleur du Cap Theatre Award; Lara Foot, Janice Honeyman, Liz Mills, Quanita Adams, Jill Levenberg, Susan Danford, Jennifer Steyn, Celeste Matthews, Sive Gubangxa, Penny Youngleson, Ntomboxolo Makhutshi, Emily Child, Tara-Louise Notcutt and Daneel van der Walt. The glamorous audience included theatre-makers, producers, actors, past award recipients, dignitaries and Fleur du Cap wine brand ambassadors.
The award ceremony was directed by Alistair Izobell and audiences thoroughly enjoyed the seamlessly crafted celebration that included outstanding performances by female artists Elwira Standili, Salomé Damon, Sasha-Lee Davids, Lucy Tops, Andrea Anthony, Tye Platinum and the band Sweet Chilli. Assistant Director and choreographer Grant van Ster provided the accompanying flair with performances by dancers Luke de Kock, Craig Pedro, Elvis Sibeko, Buyile Narwele, Mikayla Isaacs, SimonéWelgemoed, Gabrielle Botha and Caitlin Smith.
Five MakuAsh Residency students from Makukhanye Art Room, as part of their training supported the backstage team and in the process received valuable experience.
The evening concluded in elegant style with guests enjoying a celebratory night cap and desserts.
The judges for the 2017 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders and Wayne Muller. The panel, made up largely of local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators, was chaired by non-voting Melanie Burke. Voting is done by secret ballot, and all processes are strictly overseen and audited by Distell Internal Audit and the legal firm Cluver Markotter Inc.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Award for most promising student
Luntu Masiza, AFDA
Best new South African script
What Remains by Nadia Davids
Best new director
Best theatre production for children and young people
Jon Keevy for The Underground Library
Best performance by an ensemble
The Cast of What Remains
Best performance in a revue, cabaret or one-person show
Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels as Marnus
Best performance by a supporting actor in a musical or music theatre show
Sanda Shandu in King Kong as Lucky
Best performance by a supporting actress in a musical or music theatre show
Isabella Jane in Evita as The Mistress
Best performance by a lead actor in a musical or music theatre show
David Dennis in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Bernadette
Best performance by a lead actress in a musical or music theatre show
Edith Plaatjies in King Kong as Joyce
Best lighting design
Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains
Best set design
Greg King for Suddenly the Storm
Best costume design
Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night
Best sound design, original music composition or original score
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong
Best performance in an opera – male
Lukhanyo Moyake in Rigoletto as The Duke of Mantua
Best performance in an opera – female
Johanni van Oostrum in Der Fliegende Holländer as Senta
Award for innovation in theatre
Imbewu Trust & Kunste Onbeperk
Lifetime achievement award
Best performance by a supporting actor in a play
Mark Elderkin in Twelfth Night as Malvolio
Best performance by a supporting actress in a play
Robyn Scott in Shakespeare in Love as Elizabeth I, Ensemble
Best performance by a lead actress in a play
Faniswa Yisa in What Remains as The Archeologist
Best performance by a lead actor in a play
Craig Morris in Tartuffe as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle
Jay Pather for What Remains
Marat/Sade - The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)