March 17, 2014
Cape Town shows win big at the 49th annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Cape Town’s theatre-makers, actors, media and dignitaries were out in full force and dressed to the nines for the 49th annual Fleur Du Cape Theatre Awards at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 16 March, 2014 and it was a night of big wins for the Mother City’s top performing shows!
The Fairest Cape’s version of the Tony Awards, the Fleurs is a glamorous highlight on our cultural calendar and one which sees our local thespians being rewarded for their emotional, impactful performances in productions staged around our beautiful hometown over a year.
The Rocky Horror Show, which ran at the Fugard Theatre in District Six, from July 2013 to January 2014, and held Capetonians audiences in thrall with its feather boas, fishnet stockings and corset –clad performers, raked in three awards for Brendon van Rhyn as Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Andrew Laubscher as best Supporting Actor in a Musical and for Daneel van der Walt as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.
The impressive Theatre on the Bay was home to Sunset Boulevard and its star Angela Kilian picked the Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical or Music Theatre Show award for her turn as Norma Desmond.
Last night’s star-studded event was co-hosted by the hilarious comedian Alan Committie and talk show host Africa Melane, who together with iconic performers Dorothy Masuka accompanied by guitarist Bheki Khoza, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Ubuntu B-Boys, and an ensemble of dancers in a vibrant pantsula number choreographed by the former Artistic Director of Jazzart, Jackie Manyaapelo provided the evening’s entertainment.
The Fleur Du Cap Awards, first established in 1965, are presented in twenty different categories and this year the panel of judges made their decisions after having viewed almost 84 productions, hosted in several venues in and around Cape Town. The full list of winners is as follows:
1. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Brendon Daniels for Rooiland as Adidas
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jennifer Steyn for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore as Flora “Sissy” Goforth
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Charlton George for Rooiland as Pastoor
4. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Patricia Boyer for The Miser as Frosine and Master Jacques
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Brendan van Rhyn for The Rocky Horror Show as Frank-N-Furter
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Angela Kilian for Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond
7. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Andrew Laubscher for The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff
8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Daneel van der Walt for The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta
9. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Phillip Dikotla for Skierlik as various characters
10. AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Dean John Smith [University of Stellenbosch]
11. BEST DIRECTOR
Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland
12. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland
13. BEST SET DESIGN
Craig Leo for Voices Made Night
14. BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Sarah Roberts for The Miser
15. BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
James Webb for Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (Sound Scape)
16. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN
Janni Younge for Sadako
17. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Tertius Kapp for Rooiland
18. ROSALIE VAN DER GUCHT PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTORS
AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
RSG Radio Kunstefees
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Here are a few images of the Fleur Du Cap Awards:
The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards is an initiative of the Distell Foundation that forms part of Distell’s Corporate Social Investment Programme, which is dedicated to support the development of the creative arts industry in South Africa.
The 50th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be held in grand style at the Artscape Opera House in 2015.
Editor’s Note: This article was written with information sourced from a press release supplied by Allison Foat.