QTC the big winner at the 2015 Matildas

Queensland Theatre Company was the big winner in this year’s Matilda awards, winning Best mainstage production, Lord Mayor's Award for Best new Australian work and Best male actor in a leading role (Dash Kruck) with Matthew Ryan’s play Brisbane, a 2015 world premiere drawing on true stories from the leafy streets of Brisbane set in the middle of World War II.

QTC the big winner at the 2015 Matildas

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Libby Munro in QTC’s production ofGrounded was awarded Best female actor in a leading role; and Naomi Price won Best female actor in a supporting role for QTC’sLadies in Black.

The Matilda Awards were begun in 1987 by theatre reviewers Alison Cotes and Sue Gough, who felt there should be some form of recognition that celebrated and promoted the excellence of southeast Queensland’s theatre industry.

Past winners include Bille Brown, Robyn Nevin, Sally McKenzie, Russell Kiefel, Wesley Enoch and Michael Gow.

The late Carol Burns received a posthumous Gold Matilda. It was the first time that a single award had been presented in the Gold Matilda categorynormally five Gold Matildas are presented.

In another first, that award was presented posthumously to Carol, who died late last year aged 68.

The Golden Matilda was presented in recognition of Burns’ lifetime achievement, which culminated in a final performance in Queensland Theatre Company’s 2015 productionHappy Days, for which she also received a Silver Matilda nomination.

Winners were:

2015 GOLD MATILDA AWARD

Carol Burnsfor an outstanding performance in HAPPY DAYS and an exceptional body of work

2015 SILVER MATILDA COMMENDATIONS

BrisbaneBest Mainstage Production Queensland Theatre Company

BrisbaneLord Mayor's Award for Best New Australian Work,written by Matthew Ryan

The PillowmanBest Independent Production,Shock Therapy Productions in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Dash KruckBest Male Actor in a Leading Role,Brisbane

Libby MunroBest Female Actor in a Leading Role,Grounded

Tama MathesonBest Male Actor in a Supporting Role,The Pillowman

Naomi PriceBest Female Actor in a Supporting Role,Ladies in Black

Sam FosterBest Director,The Pillowman

Josh McIntoshBest Design (Set & Costumes),Dracula

Jason GlenwrightBest Technical Design (Lights, Multimedia & Sound),lighting design,Dracula

Georgina HopsonBille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist,Pirates of Penzance & Into the Woods

I Might Take My Shirt OffBest Musical or Cabaret,QPAC in association with Queensland Cabaret Festival,Jai Higgs & Dash Kruck

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