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Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Last night, The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards held their annual awards event, recognising top talent and production excellence in the performing arts industry of the previous judging year which ran from October 2011 to September 2012.

Possibly the most memorable moment of the evening was when acclaimed Johannesburg actor, Michael Richard, received the award for Actor in a Drama Production for his performance in KickstArt’s Red. He commended Durban on the quality of work that is produced in this city and said that there was a great spirit of creativity. Coming from one of South Africa’s top actors, this meant a great deal to the audience – many of whom were theatre practitioners who often battle to attract audiences.

Awards were presented to the following:

Poster Design: Shirley Berko: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Sound Design: Megan Levy: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lighting Design: Tina le Roux: Abnormal Loads
Costume Design: Greg King: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Set Design: Greg King: Don’t Dress for Dinner
New Performer – Female: Fortunate Dhlomo: Abnormal Loads
New Performer – Male: Wiseman Mncube: Meet Bra 6-2

 Supporting Actress: Belinda Henwood: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Supporting Actor: Bryan Hiles: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lead Actress: Georgina Mabbett: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Lead Actor: Peter Court: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Director: Steven Stead: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Production: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: KickstArt

 Choreography - Janine Bennewith: Burlesque
Performer: Music Revue / Music Compilation / Cabaret: Liesl Coppin: Burlesque
Supporting Actress: Musical Theatre - Lauren Dasappa: Cinderella
Supporting Actor: Musical Theatre - Darren King: Cinderella
Lead Actress: Musical Theatre - Nondumiso Tembe: Cinderella
Lead Actor: Musical Theatre - Ryan Flynn: Cinderella
Musical Director: Evan Roberts & Charon Williams-Ros: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Director: Janine Bennewith: Burlesque / Ralph Lawson: Cinderella
Music Revue Production: Burlesque: Gary McKenzie
Musical Theatre Production - Cinderella: The Playhouse Company

 Script - Neil Coppen: Abnormal Loads
Supporting Actress - Jailoshini Naidoo: Don’t Dress for Dinner
Supporting Actor - Jeremy Richard: Red
Comedic Performance by a Female - Janna Ramos-Violante: Don’t Dress for Dinner
Comedic Performance by a Male - Tim Wells: Don’t Dress for Dinner
Solo Performance - Adam Dore: Birdman
Lead Actress - Janna Ramos-Violante: Don’t Dress for Dinner
Lead Actor - Michael Richard: Red
Director - Neil Coppen & Janna Ramos-Violante: Abnormal Loads
Production - Abnormal Loads: ThinkTheatre in association with The Playhouse Company

The recipient of the Monica Fairall Memorial Award was Emma Durden and Pieter Scholtz received the Judges Award. The Mercury Theatre Personality of the Year Award, by public vote, was Marion Loudon.

The judges for 2011-2012 year were Stavros Anthias, Christa Biyela, Musa Hlatshwayo, Glynis Horning, Debbie Lutge, Sally Scott, Caroline Smart, Billy Suter, Jean van Elden and Janet Whelan. The Administrator of the awards is Peter Taylor.