Matilda Awards announced

Tequila MockingbirdCelebrating more than 25 years of theatrical excellence in southeast Queensland, the Matilda Awards have become a prestigious event on Brisbane’s arts calendar.

Having added to the reputation of some of Australia’s best-established practitioners and companies, and many talented emerging artists, a Matilda Award remains a coveted honour. Not only is it a significant achievement in a professional artist’s individual career, it is also unique as the only official acknowledgment specifically for the work of local theatre practitioners.

Five Gold Matilda Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony recognising outstanding work in 2013. In addition to these main awards, a Silver Matilda Award will be presented to an artist or company for commendable work in each of the following categories.

Best Mainstage Production:
1001 Nights – Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council in association with Zen Zen Zo End of the Rainbow – Queensland Theatre Company
Tequila Mockingbird – shake + stir and QPAC
Venus in Fur – Queensland Theatre Company

Best New Australian Work:
1001 Nights –
Michael Futcher and Helen Howard (adapters)
Motherland –
Katherine Lyall-Watson
Tequila Mockingbird –
Nelle Lee
This is Capital City –
Sandra Carluccio

Best Independent Production:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble
A Tender Thing – Full Circle Theatre
Motherland – Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo
This Is Capital City, Sandra Carluccio and La Boite Indie with the support of QPAC

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Bryan Probets – Tequila Mockingbird
Dan Crestani – 1001 Nights
Michael Croome – A Tender Thing
Todd Macdonald – Venus in Fur

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Barbara Lowing – The China Incident
Christen O’Leary – End of the Rainbow
Libby Munro – Venus in Fur
Margi Brown Ash – The Wizard of Oz

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Anthony Standish – End of the Rainbow
Hayden Spencer – End of the Rainbow
Ross Balbuziente – Tequila Mockingbird
Zac Kelty – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Barbara Lowing – Tequila Mockingbird
Johancee Theron – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Louise Brehmer – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tina Torabi – 1001 Nights

Best Director:
Andrea Moor – Venus In Fur
David Bell – End of the Rainbow
Michael Futcher – 1001 Nights
Rob Pensalfini – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best  Design (Set and costumes):
Angel Kosch, costume design – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bill Haycock, set design – 1001 Nights
Freddie Komp, set design – A Tender Thing
Simone Romaniuk, set design – The Pitch and The China Incident

Best Technical Design (Lighting, multimedia and sound design):
Ben Hughes, lighting design – 1001 Nights
Ben Hughes, lighting design – Mother Courage and Her Children
Guy Webster, sound design – Venus In Fur
Marcel Dorney and Steve Toulmin, music composition and arrangement – Prehistoric
Phil Slade, musical director – 1001 Nights

Bille Brown Award for the Best Emerging Artist:
Belinda McCormack, designer – 1066: The Bayeux Brought to Life
Johancee Theron, actor – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sandra Carluccio, creator – This Is Capital City
Shannon Haegler, actor – Tequila Mockingbird

Best Musical or Cabaret:
Blood Brothers – Harvest Rain and QPAC
Next to Normal – Oscar Theatre Company and QPAC
The Lady of the House of Love – Metro Arts, Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council
Rumour Has It: 60 Minutes Inside Adele – Judith Wright Centre and the little red company

The 2013 Matilda Award Judging Committee consisted of: Paul Adams, Alison Cotes, James Harper, Baz McAlister, Troy Ollerenshaw, Cameron Pegg, Olivia Stewart and Rosemary Walker (Chair).

Proudly supported by Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council, the awards ceremony will be held on Monday 10 March at the QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane. Hosted by Dash Kruck and Emily Curtin, James Stewart (Packed to the Rafters) will be a special guest presenter. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Tequila Mockingbird – shake + stir and QPAC