Helpmanns celebrate 15 years of awards

This year's Helpmann Awards celebrated some standout performances of Australian arts, reflecting the trend in live performance towards collaborations and co-productions.

Helpmanns celebrate 15 years of awards

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AMPAG congratulates all winners, and thanks Live Performing Arts for its 15 years of holding and hosting the awards. We especially want to congratulate our members who were involved in 22 of the 44 available awards.

New opera The Rabbits, a collaboration between Opera Australia and Barking Gecko in association with West Australia Opera, Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival, won all four awards it was nominated for: best new Australian work, best presentation for children, best costume design (Gabriela Tylesova) and best original score (Kate Miller-Heidke with Iain Grandage).

Opera Australia also collected best male performer in an opera (Michael Fabiano inFaust), and three awards for its joint production with John Frost ofAnything Goes: best choreography in a musical (Andrew Hallsworth), best female actor in a musical (Caroline O’Connor), best female actor in a supporting role in a musical (Kerrie Anne Greenland) and best male actor in a supporting role in a musical (Alex Rathgeber).

Sydney Dance Company also took out four awards: best ballet or dance work forFrame of Mind, best choreography in a dance of physical theatre production (Rafael Bonachela forFrame of Mind), best female dancer (Chloe Leong in Quintett) and Best male dancer (Cass Mortimer Eipper inQuintett).

Best symphony orchestra concert was awarded to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s production ofReflections on Gallipoli.

Belvoir’s production of The Glass Menagerie won two awards: the coveted best play as well as best female actor (Pamela Rabe).

Sydney Theatre Company featured in three awards: best Direction (Kip Williams forSuddenly Last Summer), best male actor (Hugo Weaving inEndgame), and best female actor in a supporting role (Helen Thomson inAfter Dinner).

Veteran actor John Bell took out best male actor in a supporting role for Bell Shakespeare’sAs You Like It.

Best scenic design went to the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Geoff Cobham forLittle Bird.

Melbourne Theatre Company was a partner in the production of the musicalOnce, which won best direction of a musical and best music direction.

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