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Best of Brisbane Theatre honoured at 2014 Matilda Awards

Queensland Theatre Company’s Gloria (pictured above) took out the top prize for Best Mainstage Production at last night’s Matilda Awards in Brisbane, but it was La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival’s new take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (adapted by Lally Katz) which took home four awards, the most for any production.

Helen Christinson took home the award for Best Female Actor for her performance in A Doll’s House and Sven Swenson won Best Male Actor for Angel Gear. Best Independent Production went to Angel Gear while Harvest Rain won Best Musical for its production of Spamalot, starring Jon English and Simon Gallaher.

The Matilda Awards were established in 1987 by critics Sue Gough and Daily Review’s Alison Cotes. There are 12 Silver Matilda Awards, as well as five Gold Matildas, awarded for “outstanding work in any area of the professional theatre industry, which also includes independent productions.” They can be either for a single production or a body of work.

2014 GOLD MATILDA AWARD WINNERS

Steven Mitchell Wright

Tim O’Connor

optikal bloc

Simone Romaniuk

Sven Swenson

2014 SILVER MATILDA AWARD WINNERS

Best Mainstage Production:
Gloria, Queensland Theatre Company

Best New Australian Work:
Machina, written by Richard Jordan, La Boite Indie & MadCat Creative Connections with the support of QPAC

Best Independent Production:
Angel Gear, La Boite Indie & Pentimento Productions with the support of QPAC

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Sven Swenson, Angel Gear

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Helen Christinson, A Doll’s House, La Boite Theatre Company & Brisbane Festival

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Damien Cassidy, A Doll’s House

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Cienda McNamara, A Doll’s House

Best Director:
Steven Mitchell Wright, A Doll’s House

Best Design (Set and Costumes):
Simone Romaniuk, Macbeth, Queensland Theatre Company in association with Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe

Best Technical Design (Lighting, Multimedia or Sound):
optikal bloc, Pale Blue Dot, La Boite Theatre Company

Bille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist:
Casey Woods, Angel Gear

Best Musical or Cabaret:
Spamalot, Harvest Rain Theatre Company

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