All the Naledi Award winners

Jonathan Roxmouth as Tony and Lynelle Kenned as Maria in the magnificent West Side Story.

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BY BILLY SUTER

TWO of this reviewer’s favourite shows of 2017 – the musical West Side Story and the harrowing drama The Inconvenience of Wings – as well as King Kong: The Legend of a Boxer, which I sadly did not get to see, were among big winners at last night’s 14th Naledi Awards, held at the Teatro theatre at Montecasino.

These coveted awards, which recognise theatre excellence in Gauteng, recognised West Side Story for best actress in a musical (Lynelle Kenned), best choreography (Luisa Talbot), lighting design (Joshua Cutts), set design (Conor Murphy) and musical direction (Charl-Johan Lingenfelder).

Lingenfelder also took a Naledi for best score/arrangement/adaptation for his work on King Kong: Legend of a Boxer.

King Kong: Legend of a Boxer was named as best musical and also took awards for best supporting actor in a musical (Sanda Shandu ), best supporting actress in a musical (Ntambo Rapatla) and best director of a musical (Jonathan Munby).

David Dennis deservedly took the award for best male lead performance in a musical, for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which also took the award for best newcomer (Phillip Schnetler).

The Inconvenience of Wings, which I saw at the Hilton Arts Festival, took very well-deserved awards for outstanding lead actor in a drama (Andrew Buckland) and best lead actress in a drama (Jennifer Steyn).

The award for best production of a play went to When Swallows Cry, which also took the Naledi for best director of a play (Lesedi Job) and best new original script (Mike van Graan).

The Naledi for best ensemble work went to the cast and crew of Moliere’s Tartuffe, while the award for best solo performance went to Gideon Lombard for Die Reuk van Appels.

The Naledi for best supporting actor in a play was awarded to John Lata for The Suitcase, while the award for best supporting actress in a play went to Khutjo Green for Moliere’s Tartuffe.

Best performance in a production for young audiences? The award went to Jaques da Silva for Taking Flight.

Don Mattera took the Naledi for Lifetime Achievement, while the Naledi for outstanding sound design/soundscape went to Gladman Balintulo for Sarafina. The award for costume design went to Sasha Ehlers for Moliere’s Tartuffe.

For a comprehensive list of all the Naledi Awards nominations visit www.naleditheatreawards.com


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