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Friday, October 31, 2014


Theatre awards time is upon us again - the 12th annual awards evening of The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards takes place on November 24 at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre when the best of Durban theatre will be acknowledged and celebrated.

The awards consider only those productions originating in Durban and presented during the period October 1 2013 to September 30 2014. These productions represent the genres of drama and comedy, musical theatre, music revue / cabaret, and children’s theatre. There are 37 productions vying for honours at this year’s awards ceremony, an increase in excess of 25% of the number of productions considered last year, an indication of the creative output generated throughout the year.

Hosted by radio, television and media personality, Terence Pillay, the evening promises to be a sophisticated and glamorous celebration of Durban’s local theatre industry. Members of the public can expect to brush shoulders with the who’s who of Durban’s theatre fraternity. The evening will highlight performances by several young up-and-coming performers beginning to make their mark, and a surprise celebrity guest performer.

The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards is grateful for the generosity of its sponsors and partners supporting this year’s awards ceremony, most of whom have the supported the awards over the past 12 years. Without such support, this event would not take place.

Principal sponsors are media partner The Mercury, Bartel Arts Trust, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Monica Fairall Memorial Trust, DarkHorse Productions, Stuart Edwards & Company, Publicity Matters, Sunshine Factory, Troubadour Productions, Black Coffee Design, ClaviTech, artSMart, Val Adamson Photography and KZN Autocue Services.

Supporting this award system since its inception in 2003 is the Bartel Arts Trust. This trust was established in 1992 through a bequest of the late Hugo Bartel, a wealthy industrialist with a passion for the arts. The trust sponsors community arts projects, artists, arts projects and student bursaries. The trust established the BAT Centre in 1996 which became a hub of the performing and visual arts in Durban. In addition to the theatre awards, the trust currently sponsors the Durban Music School, Durban University of Technology Department of Fine Art, the Phansi Museum and several student bursaries in visual and performing arts.

The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards will be held at 19h30 on November 24 at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, UKZN Howard College campus. Booking is through Computicket.