Wellington theatre excellence was celebrated and honoured at the 18th annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards ceremony held at the Wellington Opera House on Sunday December 5.
The Arrival was the major winner on the night – winning awards in all six categories it was nominated in, taking The Brancott Estate Award for Most Original Production and the Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year 2010.
The first Critic’s Wild Card Award was given to Capital E’s END GAME and father and daughter actors Peter and Sophie Hambleton both received prominent acting awards – Peter winning a The Emerging Artist Trust Accolade for Outstanding Performance in The Letter Writer and Sophie won The Chapman Tripp Award for Actress of the Year for her role in Katydid.
Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade Brown, presented her first Mayors Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre to prominent art advocate Richard Cathie. Cathie has a long involvement in the arts and arts advocacy. Amongst many appointments, he was the founding chair of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He was awarded the honour of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the arts industry.
BATS Theatre was celebrated, recognising the Theatre’s 21st Birthday. BATS founders Simon Bennet and Simon Elson received a standing ovation from the auditorium, as BATS was acknowledged as significant contributors in the Wellington Theatre scene.
The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards wish to sincerely thank all the sponsors, the theatres, the theatre community and the wonderful audiences for making 2010 the busiest and one of the best years yet!
The Award Winners for 2010 are:
Critics Wild Card
END GAME Kenny King and Rebekah Sherrat
Brancott EstateAward for Most Original Production of the Year
The Arrival Red Leap Theatre Company
Downstage Theatre Award for the Most Promising Male Newcomer of the Year
Paul Waggott Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Block Head
Circa Award Donated by Tact for the Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year
Ella Becroft The Arrival
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School & Victoria University of Wellington Award for Most Promising Director of the Year Charlotte Bradley Katydid
The Theatre Awards Trust Award for Costume Designer of the Year
Elizabeth Whiting The Arrival
Grouse Lighting Award for Lighting Designer of the Year
Jennifer Lal The December Brother
Weta Workshop Award for Set Designer of the Year
John Verryt The Arrival
Absolutely Positively Outstanding Award for Sound Designer of the Year
Gll Eva Craig The December Brother
Constance Scott Kirkcaldie Award for Outstanding Composer of Music
David Ward The Guru of Chai
Peter Harcourt Award for Outstanding New Playwright of the Year Sponsored by Bats Theatre & Taki Rua Productions
Lucy O'Brien Katydid
Playmarket / Capital E National Theatre for Children New New Zealand Play of the Year
The Guru of Chai Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis
The Orbit Corporate Travel Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Darlene Mohekey Shipwrecked! An Entertainment:
Chapman Tripp Award for Supporting Actor of the Year
Christopher Brougham Dead Man's Cell Phone
Emerging Artists Trust Wellington Accolade for Outstanding Performance
Peter Hambleton Letter Writer
Showcast Accolade for Outstanding Performance
Christopher Brougham Me and Robert McKee
Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Actress of the Year
Sophie Hambleton Katydid
The Pro Actors and Gail Cowan Management Award for Actor of the Year
Jacob Rajan The Guru of Chai
The Museum Hotel Award for Director of the Year
Julie Nolan The Arrival
Chapman Tripp Award for Production of the Year
The Arrival Red Leap Theatre Company
The Mayor’s Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre
Presented by the Mayor of Wellington