Queensland Theatre has dominated the 2016 MATILDA AWARDS to be Queensland’s most lauded company for the second year running, associated with eleven of the 16 category winners through four of its productions.
The Matilda Awards honour and celebrate the achievements of the Queensland theatre Industry.
DEAD PUPPETS SOCIETY received the local industry’s ultimate honour, the Gold Matilda, for its body of work including QTC’sTHE WIDER EARTH, which also claimed Silver Matildas for Best Director (DAVID MORTON) alongside three design bests: Costume (MORTON and AARON BARTON) and the two new categories of Sound Design/Composition (TONY BRUMPTON) and Audio Visual Design(JUSTIN HARRISON (AV), ANNA STRAKER (Illustration).
The two-hander SWITZERLAND took out Best Mainstage Production and its stars ANDREA MOOR and MATTHEW BACKER the lead acting honours.
Recent graduate EMILY WEIR scored a winning double for her comedic professional debut inTARTUFFE, taking out not only the Bille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist, but also Best Supporting Actress.
Playwright STEPHEN CARLETON’s BASTARD TERRITORY was declared Best New Australian Work, closing out QTC’s record haul.
Gold Coast-based SHOCK THERAPY PRODUCTIONS made it back-to-back wins for Best Independent Production with its new self-devised workVIRAL.
Three productions staged at the Awards’ new host venue Brisbane Powerhouse figured in the remaining gongs.
CARRIE: THE MUSICAL, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE’s co-production with WAX LYRICAL PRODUCTIONS won Best Musical or Cabaret and Best Lighting (JASON GLENWRIGHT), while LEAH SHELTON received Best Set Design for her self-devised one-woman cabaret show TERROR AUSTRALIS, with TRUE WEST’s JULIAN CURTIS voted Best Supporting Actor.
Full list of Award results can be found here https://www.matildaawards.com.au/recipients