March 18, 2013
Cape Town’s stars win top honours at 2013 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.
It’s official … Cape Town, the inspirational Mother City, is home to the most talented thespians!
Homegrown stars walked away with top honours at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at the Artscape Theatre on Sunday 17 March, 2013.
The glamorous, red-carpet awards ceremony was co-hosted by top South African comedian Alan Committee (who, it would seem, is quiet adept at playing the triangle along with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, which provided the entertainment for the evening) and Cape Talk presenter Africa Melane, with great humour and flair.
The Mother City’s legendary theatres and stars garnered several of the coveted awards, including Yael Farber for Best Director for Mies Julie, a poignant drama first performed at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, and now receiving rave reviews in London. Mies Julie was the runaway hit of the evening, wining a total of four awards.
The Fleur du Cap Awards, sponsored by the Distell Foundation, rewards excellence in theatre. This year's winners were selected by a panel of judges (made up of local critics, journalists, writers and drama educators) based on the almost 100 productions they reviewed in 2012.
Awards were given in 20 different categories. The winners, each receiving a silver medallion and a R15 000 cash prize, are as follows:
1. Best Director
Yael Farber for Mies Julie (performed at the Baxter Theatre)
2. Best New South African Script
Champ, by Louis Viljoen
3. Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play
Quanita Adams for Boesman & Lena, as Lena (written by theatre legend Athol Fugard and performed at the Baxter Theatre)
4. Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play
Elton Landrew for Boesman & Lena, as Boesman
5. Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play
Thoko Ntshinga for Mies Julie, as Christine
6. Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play
Mbulelo Grootboom for Just Business, as Mabuso (performed at the Artscape Theatre)
7. Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical or Music Theatre Show
8. Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical or Music Theatre Show
9. Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical or Music Theatre Show
Charon Williams-Ros for Cabaret, as Fräulein Schneider
10. Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical or Music Theatre Show
Peter Court for Cabaret, as Herr Schultz
11. Best Performance in a Revue, Cabaret or One-Person Show
James Cuningham for Sunday Morning, as Mat (performed at Kalk Bay Theatre)
12. Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Director
Kim Kerfoot, for Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
13. Best Sound Design, Original Music Composition or Original Score
Daniel Pencer and Matthew Pencer for Mies Julie (Original Music Composition)
14. Best Costume Design
Angela Nemov for The Comedy of Errors (performed at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre)
15. Best Set Design
Fred Abrahamse for Kingdom of Earth
16. Best Lighting Design
Paul Abrams for Mies Julie
17. Award for Most Promising Student
Roelof Storm (University of Cape Town)
18. Lifetime Achievement Award
Richard Kearns (the Baxter Theatre's senior stage manager)
19. Award for Innovation in Theatre
20. People’s Choice Award
I Am Hamlet
Nominees and the who’s who of the theatrical world were wined and dined in style at the Artscape Theatre, feasting on delectable canapés and desserts by Dish Food & Social (the bistro at the Theatre on the Bay), and sipping premium sparkling and other wines from Distell.
These are few of the images of the magical night: