We’re still on a pretty big high after attending the Sydney Theatre Awards last night, and walking away with seven gongs. Always a wonderfully laid-back affair, the 2016 Awards moved to a new location at the Seymour Centre – and we had a ball cheering on our friends and colleagues and celebrating the best work that hit our Sydney stages last year.
Leah Purcell’s powerful retelling of Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife claimed the night’s top awards, winning Best Mainstage Production, Best Direction for Leticia Caceres’ stunning work, Best New Australian Work and Best Score or Sound Design by THE SWEATS.
Our other big winner of the night was Judy Davis’ Faith Healer, with each of the production’s three actors recognised with awards – Colin Friels won Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, while Alison Whyte and Pip Miller were awarded Best Female and Male Actor in a Supporting Role respectively.
The other major winners of the night included Sport for Jove’s production of Antigone, which dominated the independent theatre categories and took home Best Independent Production.
When it came to musical theatre, the Hayes Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors swept the awards and was crowned Best Production of a Musical. It also won Best Performance by a Female and Male Actor in a Musical for its stars Esther Hannaford and Brent Hill, a win we’re particularly thrilled about given the multi-talented pair are making their Belvoir debut this year in Mr Burns.
Marta Dusseldorp won Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in Gloria at Griffin Theatre Company.
The surprise winner of the night was Cold Chisel’s frontman Jimmy Barnes who won Best Cabaret Award for his autobiographical showcase Working Class Boy.
The annual Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Judi Farr for her exceptional five decades of stage work. For Belvoir, Farr has memorably appeared in Buried Child and Cloudstreet.
Congrats to all the nominees and winners. We love you all.