2015 Matilda Award Nominations Announced
Madeleine Dale | On 25, Jan 2016
The 2015 Matilda Award nominations are in, highlighting a glittering year in Queensland theatre.
Established in 1987, the annual awards celebrate excellence in southeast Queensland theatre. Five Gold Matildas are awarded for outstanding work across the industry, with Silver awards honouring achievement in a specific field. While the coveted quintet remains elusive, the twelve Silver categories have named their shortlists.
Queensland Theatre Company lead the field, garnering an impressive seventeen nominations over seven productions from their mainstage, studio and collaborative programs. Both Oedipus Doesnâ€™t Live Here Anymore and Brisbane are up for Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work, with Brisbane also acknowledged for David Walterâ€™s lighting design (Best Technical Design) and Dash Kruckâ€™s age-bending performance (Best Male Actor in a Leading Role). The companyâ€™s long anticipated return to musical theatre has also seen them edge into Best Musical or Cabaret with Ladies in Black.
Pentimento Productions looms large among the independents, with previous winner Sven Swensonâ€™s Tiptoe and Heavenly Bodies both vying for Best Independent Production. Regan Lynch (Heavenly Bodies) and Sara McLeod (Tiptoe) are also contending for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively, with Heavenly Bodies also represented in Best Design and Best Technical Design.
The only threat to QTCâ€™s sweep of Best Mainstage is shake & stir, whose bloody adaption of Dracula is nominated in five categories, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nick Skubij) and Best Director (Michael Futcher). Triumph here would be a fine banner for the company to carry into their tenth year.
Between these leviathans, a number of smaller companies and productions have also been recognised. My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, by Fractal Theatre, is contesting Best Independent Production and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role; The Pillowman (Shock Therapy Productions), Best Independent, Best Director and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role; Slammed (Crosstown Artists), Best Independent, Best Director and Best New Australian Work; Barbra and Barryâ€™s Sweet, Sour and Saucy, Best Female Actor in a Leading Role, Best Design and Best Musical or Cabaret.
Amid all this, there is a notable La Boite shaped hole: the cityâ€™s second biggest company taking home only three nominations. Sarah Winter received a well-deserved nod for the set design on Medea, and Christen Oâ€™Leary for the title role in the same production. Meanwhile, Emily Tomlinsâ€™ chameleon abilities in La Boite Indie show The Motion of Light in Water saw her make the list for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Glaringly absent, however, was Prize Fighter, the most hotly anticipated show of 2015â€™s Brisbane Festival and a critical darling when it premiered last September. With the Gold Matildas are yet to be announced, the productionâ€™s exclusion remains something of a mystery.
The winners of the 2015 Matilda Awards will be announced at the official ceremony on the 29th of February. Members of the public are invited to attend, and can RSVP at the Matilda Awards website here.
For a full list of nominees across all categories, see the Matilda Awards webpage here.
Image Credit: Matilda Awards Official Facebook, Rob Maccoll (Brisbane), CG Photography Brisbane (Heavenly Bodies), Dylan Evans Photographer (Dracula).