Fleur du Cap Award for Greg?

Renate Stuurman, Paul Slabolepszy and Charmaine Weir-Smith in Suddenly the Storm, designed by Durban’s Greg King. All have been nominated for Fleur du Cap Awards.

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BY BILLY SUTER

DURBAN’S Greg King, of KickstArt, is among nominees for this year’s Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards which, honouring productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town, will be held from 5.30pm on Sunday, March 18, at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town.

King has been nominated for his excellent set design for the Paul Slabolepszy play, Suddenly the Storm, for which he won a Naledi Award last year.

Eighty diverse productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration, and awards are considered in 26 different categories, including for Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The latter will be announced at the ceremony.

Durban’s Greg King has been nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for his set design for Suddenly the Storm, for which he won a Naledi Award last year.

Each award carries a cash prize of R15 000 and a silver medallion.

The judges for the 2017 productions were Africa Melane, Dr Beverley Brommert, Eugene Yiga, Johan van Lill, Marina Griebenow, Maurice Carpede, Niel Roux, Tracey Saunders and Wayne Muller.

For the first time awards will be made in the categories of Best Performance in an Opera (Male), Best Performance in an Opera (Female), Best Performance by an Ensemble, Best Theatre Production for Children and Young People, and Best Production. This year awards will not be made in the category Best Puppetry Design.

“The increased number of nominees in the category for Best New South African Script is extremely exciting as it means that local theatre-makers are becoming bolder in telling the stories that are at the heart of our collective lived experience,” says Melanie Burke, chairman of the judging panel.

“To see life imitating art in this way is truly exhilarating. We thank Fleur du Cap wine brand, the hardworking panel of judges, theatre-makers and all the creatives behind the scenes who made this possible.”

The nominees in the various categories are, in alphabetical order:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
André Roothman in Die Nag van Legio, as Dogoman
Charlton George in Marat/Sade, as Jean-Paul Marat
Craig Morris in Tartuffe, as Tartuffe/Madame Pernelle
Ephraim Gordon in Die Dans van die Watermeid, as Mills
Marty Kintu in Topdog/Underdog, as Lincoln

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Buhle Ngaba in What Remains, as The Student
Charmaine Weir-Smith in Suddenly the Storm, as Shanell
Faniswa Yisa in What Remains, as The Archeologist
Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Hemelruim, as Mariaan
Tinarie van Wyk Loots in Marat/Sade, as Charlotte Corday

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bongile Mantsai in Marat/Sade, as Duperret
Darren Araujo in Shakespeare in Love, as Henslowe, Ensemble
Gerben Kamper in Die Nag van Legio, as Oubaas Menge
Mark Elderkin in Twelfth Night, as Malvolio
Wessel Pretorius in Twelfth Night, as Feste

A scene from Evita which has received Fleur du Cap nominations for stars Emma Kingston and Jonathan Roxmouth, as well as for supporting performers Anton Luitingh and Isabella Jane.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Camilla Waldman in Tartuffe, as Cléante
Faith Kinnear in Marat/Sade, as Patient, Chorus
Jenny Stead in The Visit, as Jackie Lodin
Renate Stuurman in Suddenly the Storm, as Namhla
Robyn Scott in Shakespeare in Love, as Elizabeth I, Ensemble

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Andile Gumbi in King Kong, as King Kong
David Dennis in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as Bernadette
Jonathan Roxmouth in Evita, as Che
Marc Lottering in Aunty Merle the Musical, as Aunty Merle
Sne Dladla in King Kong, as Pop

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Ashleigh Harvey in Funny Girl, as Fanny Brice
Edith Plaatjies in King Kong, as Joyce
Emma Kingston in Evita, as Eva
Nondumiso Tembe in King Kong, as Joyce
Tarryn Lamb in Aunty Merle the Musical, as Abigail

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Anton Luitingh in Evita, as Magaldi
Anton Luitingh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Pharoah
Sanda Shandu in King Kong, as Lucky
Tshepo Ncokoane in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as Miss Understanding
Tshamano Sebe in King Kong, as Jack

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Candice von Litsenborgh in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, as Shirley
Isabella Jane in Evita, as The Mistress
Josslynn Hlenti in King Kong, as Petal
Kate Normington in Funny Girl, as Mrs Brice
Tankiso Mamabolo in Aunty Merle the Musical, as Lydia

A standout moment from Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which stands to win a number of Fleur du Cap Awards.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE
The Cast of Marat/Sade
The Divas of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The Cast of Shakespeare in Love
The Cast of Tartuffe
The Cast of What Remains

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Daniel Mpilo Richards in State Fracture, in Various Roles
Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels, as Marnus
Jemma Kahn in In Bocca al Lupo, as The Narrator
Sandra Prinsloo in Moedertaal, as Nellie
Tony Bonani Miyambo in Kafka’s Ape, as Red Peter

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE
Fikile Mvinjelwa in Rigoletto, as Rigoletto
Jaco Venter in Der Fliegende Holländer, as Holländer
Lukhanyo Moyake in Rigoletto, as The Duke of Mantua
Lukhanyo Moyake in Der Fliegende Holländer, as Steuermann
Martin Mkhize in The Magic Flute, as Papageno

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE
Brittany Smith in The Magic Flute, as Pamina
Johanni van Oostrum in Der Fliegende Holländer, as Senta
Leah Gunter in The Magic Flute, as The Queen
Noluvuyiso Mpofu in Rigoletot, as Gilda
Nonhlanhla Yende in Rigoletto, as Maddalena

BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer for Peter Pan
Jon Keevy for The Underground Library
Marinda Engelbrecht and Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck for Vlooi en die Koninginby/Kipper and The Queen Bee

AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Luntu Masiza, AFDA
Matthew Stuurman, UCT
Melani-Roxanne Breedt, AFDA
Tristan de Beer, UCT
Zoe McLaughlin, WTS

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Dara Beth
Joshua G Ackerman
Nico Scheepers
Nwabisa Plaatjie
Thando Mangcu

Craig Morris (left) with Neil McCarthy in Tartuffe. Morris is a Fleur du Cap Award nominee, as is the play’s director, Sylvaine Strike.

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Nick Schlieper & Per Hording for Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Patrick Curtis for Marat/Sade
Tim Mitchell for King Kong
Wilhelm Disbergen for What Remains
Wolf Britz for Shakespeare in Love

BEST SET DESIGN
Brian Thomson for Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Bus Concept and Production Design)
Greg King for Suddenly the Storm
Jaco Bouwer for Marat/Sade
Nicola Mayer for Immortal
Nigel Hook for The Play that Goes Wrong

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Birrie le Roux for King Kong
Birrie le Roux for Funny Girl
Leigh Bishop and Lieze van Tonder for Twelfth Night
Sasha Ehlers for Tartuffe
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner for Priscilla Queen of the Desert

BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for Original Music Composition (additional) for King Kong
Daf James & Michael Williams for Original Score for Tiger Bay the Musical
Neo Muyanga for Original Music Composition for Twelfth Night
Pierre-Henri Wicomb for Original Music Composition for Marat/Sade
Tarryn Lamb & Marc Lottering for Original Score for Aunty Merle the Musical

BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Die Dans van die Watermeid by Amee Lekas
Suddenly the Storm by Paul Slabolepszy
The Eulogists by Louis Viljoen
The Visit by Brent Palmer
What Remains by Nadia Davids

BEST DIRECTOR
Jaco Bouwer for Marat/Sade
Jay Pather for What Remains
Jonathan Munby for King Kong
Lara Bye for Die Reuk van Appels
Sylvaine Strike for Tartuffe

BEST PRODUCTION
Die Reuk van Appels – Theatrerocket (Johan van der Merwe and Rudi Sadler)
King Kong – The Fugard Theatre (Eric Abraham)
Marat/Sade – The Baxter Theatre (Nicolette Moses)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert – ShowTime Management (Hazel Feldman)
What Remains – Nadia Davids


2 thoughts on “Fleur du Cap Award for Greg?

  1. Oh my gosh ! Usually I don’t have a problem selecting my favourites for these awards (well not in the categories that I would vote for. I think the whole world knows I always vote for Mr. Roxmouth, but having been overwhelmed by David Dennis performance in “Priscilla” I’d have a problem. I’m glad Mr. Luitingh has been nominated for two characters…hope he wins. My other dilema would be Isabella Jane or Candice von Litsenborgh….I thought Isabella was fantastic, given how young she is but then Candice was unrecognisable as the lady in the pub. And while I thought Emma embodied “Evita Peron”, I thought that Ashleigh Harvey was a brilliant Fanny Brice. And of course Fred Abrahamse gets my vote for bringing Peter Pan to the ‘children’ of Cape Town (even saw that twice) Unfortunately, I didn’t see too many of the shows listed in the various categories. But I saw CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees – you are all winners really, because I am convinced you all give your utmost best to bring these productions to us in South Africa and I believe you are the best in the world.

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  2. Oops….meant to say “I SAY Congratulations” not I “Saw”….and I forgot to close the brackets at the end of my first sentence….it is 2.30 a.m. so I’ll just say my eyes are tired and I didn’t read properly before posting.

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