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History

The Sydney Theatre Awards are run by a group of theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney. They were established in December 2005, when nominations were publicly announced for the inaugural awards. The awards have been given annually since then.

Source: http://www.sydneytheatreawards.com/ Sighted: 10/12/2013.

Winners (also see subcategories)v1611

2017 winner (Best Original Score of a Mainstage Production) Muriel's Wedding : The Musical P. J. Hogan , Kate Miller-Heidke (composer), Keir Nuttall (composer), 2017 single work musical theatre

'Muriel Heslop is back! In this highly-anticipated world premiere, the iconic Australian film is set to become an equally iconic laugh-out-loud musical.

'Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding – the white dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted – a man, a fortune and a million Twitter followers. That’s when things start to go really wrong.

'The film’s original writer-director PJ Hogan has updated his screenplay into a dazzling new stage show, bringing the story into the present but keeping all the irreverence and naughtiness of the film along with its dark edge.' (Production summary)

2015 winner Hugo Weaving for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstage Production (Endgame)
2013 winner (Best Score or Sound Design in an Independent Production) Delectable Shelter Benedict Hardie , 2011 single work drama

'A black comedy about white terror, 'Delectable Shelter' is a no-holds-barred portrait of the privileged, facing the end of the world as they know it.

'In a bunker deep within the earth, five survivors plan a utopian society. Their dreams are lavish, their visions grand and their aspirations (somewhat) noble. But saving the world is the easy part; the hard part will be learning to share it with those they thought were beneath them.

'Taking cues from Moliere, Brecht and Chris Morris, 'Delectable Shelter' lampoons the prejudice ingrained in our prosperous Western society as it declines from dominance in the 21st Century in a grotesque comedy of the not-too-distant future.

'A new play from multi-award winning theatre renegades The Hayloft Project and Critical Stages, 'Delectable Shelter' is a laugh-out-loud funny production that speaks directly to our modern society in a sharply clever way.' (Publisher's blurb)

Awarded to Benny Davis and Alister Mew
2013 winner (Best Costume Design in an Independent Production) Summertime in the Garden of Eden Ash Flanders , Declan Greene , 2012 single work drama '"The South will fall, and so will her pride... ...In the greatest love story ever told." Georgia. 1861. A faded Southern belle returns to the family plantation after ten years away from home. But where has she been? Why did she run? And what secrets are buried in the ol' greenhouse? A sweeping romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.' Source: www.sistersgrimm.com.au/ (Sighted 20/02/2012). Awarded to Marg Horwell
2013 winner (Best Stage Design in an Independent Production) Summertime in the Garden of Eden Ash Flanders , Declan Greene , 2012 single work drama '"The South will fall, and so will her pride... ...In the greatest love story ever told." Georgia. 1861. A faded Southern belle returns to the family plantation after ten years away from home. But where has she been? Why did she run? And what secrets are buried in the ol' greenhouse? A sweeping romance, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.' Source: www.sistersgrimm.com.au/ (Sighted 20/02/2012). Awarded to Marg Horwell
2013 winner (Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mainstream Production) Small and Tired Kit Brookman , 2013 single work drama 'Orestes has come back to bury his father. He has been away a long time. His mother is hardened, his sister is strangely ill. He will see them, he will bury his father, and then, in all likelihood, he will drift away again. But in a bar one night, slightly drunk, he meets a gentle soul called Pylades...

Kit Brookman's play springs from the myth of Orestes and the House of Atreus, but Brookman's leap of imagination has been to fully dissolve the myth into the contemporary world.' (Source: http://www.stagewhispers.com.au/news/2013-season-belvoir )
Awarded to actor, Susan Prior
2013 (Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstream Production) y separately published work icon The Floating World John Romeril , 1974 (Manuscript version)x400870 Z498503 1974 single work drama (taught in 11 units)

Les Harding, onetime Japanese prisoner-of-war, takes a package cruise to Japan with his wife. As he draws near, long-repressed memories of suffering well up. A rich, ironic study of Australian xenophobia..

Source: Currency Press

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Awarded to actor, Peter Kowitz
2011 winner (Best Mainstage Production) The Wild Duck Simon Stone , Chris Ryan , 2011 single work drama

'Are there some truths it’s better not to know?

Winner of three Helpmann Awards (2011) and four Sydney Theatre Awards (2011), this taut, stripped-back rendition of a modern classic never lets up. Director Simon Stone has developed from a wunderkind of Melbourne’s indie theatre to an established force on Australia’s mainstages. Here he transplants Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a new play tailor-made for an astonishing cast led by Ewen Leslie.

Hjalmar Ekdal grew up rich but scandal cast him into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife, his daughter and a duck. When his old friend Gregers Werle returns with unfinished business, the truth Gregers brings could shatter the world Hjalmar has built around himself.

A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial, The Wild Duck resounds for a new age.' (Source: Malthouse Theatre website)

Other Awards:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anita Hegh)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anthony Phelan)

2006 (Lifetime Achievement Award) Rodney Seaborn
2005 winner (Best Newcomer) Rebecca Clarke
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