Matilda Awards Brisbane's Best
Although Hollywood may have said farewell to yet another glitzy awards season, Brisbane is just getting started.
On Monday, south-east Queenslandâ€™s performing arts community will converge on the Gardens Theatre to honour our local theatre stars at the annual Matilda Awards. Ten prizes will be handed out recognising both onstage and backstage excellence.
The event provides a rare opportunity for members of the public to rub shoulders with the whoâ€™s who of Brisbaneâ€™s creative industry. The event is free; theatre-lovers, hopefuls and those just wishing to meet some of our most colourful personalities are all encouraged to attend.
The nominees for the 2012 Matilda Awards reflect the diversity of theatre experiences on offer over the past year.
Vying for the title of Best Mainstage Production are three stage plays produced by La Boite: As You Like It, Tender Napalm and The Harbinger (produced with the Dead Puppet Society).
The Queensland Theatre Company has been similarly recognised within the category. Nominated alongside the Wesley Enoch-directed Bombshells is the Companyâ€™s production of Kelly. Written by Brisbaneâ€™s very own Matthew Ryan (himself nominated for a Matilda Award), the play gave its audiences an intimate glimpse into the relationship of two brothers on the eve of Ned Kellyâ€™s execution.
The awards are also an opportunity to recognise emerging acting and technical talent. Lighting designer Daniel Anderson has received a nomination in the category of Best Emerging Artist for his work on Tender Napalm and Bombshells. So too has Emily Curtin for her performance in La Boiteâ€™s A Tribute of Sorts. Lizzie Ballinger and Luisa Prosser, both of Zen Zen Zoâ€™s production of ThÃ©rÃ¨se Raquin, round out this group of exciting newcomers.
Of course, no awards ceremony is complete without a few star attractions. Packed to the Rafters favourite, James Stewart, will appear as a Special Guest Presenter during the evening. Guests can also be expected to be highly entertained by performances from Megan Shorey and Naomi Price.
Oh, and did I mention there would be catering too?
As the Brisbane performing arts scene continues to grow, so too does the calibre of the nominees and winners. The evening promises to be an exciting and fun one that celebrates the vibrancy of our local theatre scene. So, wonâ€™t you come waltzing Matilda?
What? 2012 Matilda Awards
When? 6:30pm for 7:00pm Monday, 4th of March
Where? Gardenâ€™s Theatre, QUT, George Street, Brisbane CBD
How much? Free
RSVP? www.matildaawards.com.au/html/rsvp.html (essential)