March 20, 2012
The 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards at the Baxter Theatre
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.
Cameras flashing, actors rubbing shoulders on the red carpet and spectacular decor... it could only be the 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, held at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, on Sunday March 18, 2012.
This prestigious, annual event is an initiative of the Distell Foundation and honours excellence in theatre by productions staged during a particular year.
Last year brought an variety of stellar shows to the stage, including Pieter Toerien’s Phantom of the Opera, Athol Fugard’s The Bird Watchers and Laura Foot’s Solomon and Marion, many of which were nominated for awards and a R15 000 cash prize in the 20 designated categories.
This year’s Fleur Du Cap Awards was a ceremony with a twist, as it featured its own theatrical production by director and choreographer Alfred Hinkel. Featuring the indie songstress Heather Mac and her band, and new dance group, Garage, the show added a touch of cultural sparkle to the Baxter Theatre stage.
Comedian and performer Alan Committie and TV personality Hannes van Wyk served as the Masters of Ceremony for the evening’s proceedings.
The 47th Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards winners are:
1. Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Carel Nel in Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey as Lafras Verwey
2. Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Wilna Snyman in Klaasvakie as Albertine
3. Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play
David Dennis in The Tragedy of Richard III as Edward IV and others
4. Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play
Nicole Holm in Klaasvakie as Die Verpleegster
5. Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical/Musical Theatre
Jonathan Roxmouth in Phantom of the Opera as Phantom
6. Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical/Musical Theatre
Robin Botha in The Phantom of the Opera as Christine
7. Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Musical/Musical Theatre
Jonathan Roxmouth in Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas Iscariot
8. Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical/Musical Theatre
Angela Kilian in Phantom of the Opera as Madame Giry
9. Best Performance in a Cabaret/Revue/Solo Performance
Nicola Hanekom for her solo performance in Hol
10. Most Promising Student
Janene (Nini) Conradie from the University of Stellenbosch
11. Best Director
Albert Maritz for Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey
12. Best Lighting Design
Mannie Manim for Solomon & Marion
13. Best Set and/or Props Design
Saul Radomsky for set design in The Bird Watchers
14. Best Costume and/or Mask Design
Marcel Meyer for costume design in The Tragedy of Richard III
15. Best Sound Design and/or Original Score
James Webb for sound design in The Bird Watchers
16. Best Puppetry Design
Janni Younge for Ouroboros
17. Best New South African Play
Solomon & Marion by Lara Foot
18. Award for Innovation in Theatre
FTH:K (from the hip: khulumakhale)
19. Lifetime Achievement Award
20. People’s Choice Award – Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey
Here are few of the evening’s dramatic images: