Theatre's finest gathered at the 54th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday where outstanding productions and performers were crowned.
These annual awards are seen as one of the most prestigious in the theatre scene.
Melanie Burke, the chairperson of the Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards, says there has been an incredible energy in South African theatre over the past year.
Burke made special mention of Rehane Abrahams whose exquisite performance in various roles in "Womb of Fire" won her the award for Best Performance in a Revue, Cabaret or One-Person Show.
Lukhanyiso Skosana was awarded in the category for the Best Sound Design, Original Music Composition or Original Score for creating a vocal soundscape for the same production.
At the same time, Burke gave a special nod to Lwanda Sindaphi who scooped three awards for Best New South African Script, Best New Director, and Best Performance by an Ensemble for "Kudu".
We had an incredible evening celebrating theatre... People looked spectacular and the Artscape Opera House was in its full glory.— Melanie Burke, Chairperson - Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards
Some of the big winners can be proud, the work has been exquisite.— Melanie Burke, Chairperson - Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards
Stage legend Andrew Buckland took home Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play, veteran set designer Saul Radomsky received a richly deserved Lifetime Achievement Award and Sylvaine Strike bagged Best Director.
Listen to the overview on The Pippa Hudson Show:
Below is the full list of winners:
AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Nancy Sekhokoane (AFDA)
BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE Vlooi en die Musiekfabriek/Kipper and the Music Factory (Marinda Engelbrecht & Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck)
BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT Kudu by Lwanda Sindaphi
BEST NEW DIRECTOR Lwanda Sindaphi
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW Rehane Abrahams in Womb of Fire in Various Roles
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW Msizi Njapha in Tsotsi the Musical as Boston
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW Bethany Dickson in Matilda the Musical as Miss Honey
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE The cast of Kudu
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW Ryan de Villiers in Matilda the Musical as Miss Trunchbull
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW Carmen Pretorius in The Sound of Music as Maria Rainer
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN Gareth Hewitt Williams for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
BEST SET DESIGN Rob Howell for Matilda the Musical
BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN Janni Younge for the Baby in Tsotsi the Musical
BEST COSTUME DESIGN Andrea van der Kuil & Sue Steele for Curse of the Starving Class
BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE Lukhanyiso Skosana for Womb of Fire for Original Music Performance
BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE Bongani Kubheka in Don Pasquale as Don Pasquale
BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE Janelle Visagie in La Voix Humaine as Elle
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY Richard September in Swerfgoed in Various Roles
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY Nicole Holm in Swerfgoed as Aegistha
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY Anna-Mart van der Merwe in Swerfgoed as Esta
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY Andrew Buckland in Endgame as Hamm
BEST DIRECTOR Sylvaine Strike for Endgame
BEST PRODUCTION Endgame (Baxter Theatre & Derek Lubner)
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Theatre's top acts shine at 54th Fleur du Cap awards