Encore! 52nd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

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Co-presenter Cathy Pacific
Co-presenter Cathy Pacific

The 52nd annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will take place on Sunday, 19 March at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

It promises to be an evening that is ‘Alive with Flair’.

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Fleur du Cap Wines, who are the custodians of the Awards, will present their new ‘Alive with Flair’ positioning throughout the evening. The wines served on the night will complement the guests’ unique contribution to the performing arts, whether it be through sharing their flair, being flamboyant, suave or showing some joie de vivre. Salt aficionado Craig Cormack’s theatrical ‘Tapas with Flair’ will add to the sensory experience of the night.

Co-presenter Africa Melane
Co-presenter Africa Melane

Multiple Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award recipient Matthew Wild will be directing the ceremony. He will be assisted by Jason Jacobs, also a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award-nominated theatre director, published poet, and a recipient of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective (TAAC) Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary (2016), an initiative supported by the Distell Foundation.

A total of 86 productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration, and they were, in alphabetical order:

A (Sorta) Love Story; A Beautiful Wreckage; A Cock and Bullshit Story; A Doll’s House; A Man of Good Hope; A Voice I Cannot Silence; Amathaf’ Entandabuzo; Angels on Horseback: Reloaded; Annie; Anthology – Young Bloods; Anthology: After the End; As Die Broek Pas; Big Boys The Third; Black Prophet Down; Boykie and Girlie; bRENT – A Mobile Thriller; But, The Land; Camp Carrawak; Cattle Drive; Clybourne Park; Contractions; Court; Dear Breeder; Dickens: The Master Storyteller; Die Ontelbare 48; Die Sideboard Musical; District Six Kanala; Doctor Godenstein’s Man; Everyone Has It; Father Father Father; From the Heart; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Hinterland; I Love You Sally Field; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; I See You; I’m Playing Your Song; In (s)kin/language; Ityala la Mawele; Joanie Galant-Hulle; Johnson Unzipped; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat; Kaapse Jol; Karoo Moose; Kristalvlakte; Lobengula Street Hard Cover Book Club; Love At First Fight; Love Factually; Love Me Tinder – Violet Online Rebooted; Love, Sex, Fleas, and God; Mbuzeni; Murdering Agatha Christie; No functional Language; Oh Baby, I’m a Wild One; Ou Musikant: Die Danie Bosman Storie; Over There; Pay Back the Curry!; Quartet; Santa Gamka; Sillage; Some Days; Sweeney Todd; Syria?; The Bear; The Bulawayo Boogie; The Echo of a Noise; The Emissary; The Fall; The Father; The Finklesteins are Coming to Dinner; The Girls; The Heroin Diaries; The Inconvenience of Wings; The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek; The Pitch; The Power Struggle; The Proposal; The White Whore and the Bit Player; The Yellow Wallpaper; TIP-ex; uThando; Vacancy; Whistle Stop; White Elephant and Woza Albert.

In the space of two years, Jacobs directed Dans van die Watermeid (a reading), But, the Land and wrote and directed Stof Rooi, Kalahari Swaan, In Wag Van and Splish Splash Splosh: theatre for young imaginations! Jacobs is the lead facilitator for the Mothertongue Youth Arts Project in McGregor, creating new theatre works for 2 to 7-year-olds for the region. He is also the creative director of KleiSand Productions, a resident company at TAAC.

CapeTalk presenter and a member of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards judging panel, Africa Melane, returns as co-host with the glamorous Cathy Specific.

Director Matthew Wild
Director Matthew Wild

Well-known musical director Janine Neethling is choreographing the onstage entertainment that includes Zoe Modiga, African Angels, the Rudi Smit dancers and performances by various local artists.

Assistant Director Jason Jacobs
Assistant Director Jason Jacobs

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for their acting, directing, staging and technical abilities. Winners receive a medallion and a R15 000 cash prize. Awards are considered in 20 different categories, including awards for the Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The recipients of the latter two will be announced at the ceremony.

Guests can look forward to the culinary artistry of Chef Craig Cormack whilst enjoying a variety of Fleur du Cap wines. Follow the awards on Facebook and on Twitter.

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