2012 Fleur du Cap winners announced

2012-03-19 10:05
Laetitia Pople
Cape Town - Afrikaans theatre won big in the top categories at the Fleur du Cap Awards this year.

Wilna Snyman won the award for best actress for her role in Laurens de Vos's Klaasvakie (De Zandman) and Carel Nel won for best actor for his performance in Chris Barnard's Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey.

The prestigious Fleur du Cap theatre awards honour achievement on Cape stages during the last year.

Theatre creator and actress Nicola Hanekom continued her year of victory as luminary in a cabaret, revue or solo show in Hol. It deals with a woman's obsession about her physical and mental limitations. Hanekom also wrote the script.

Barnard's Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey is clearly just as relevant as four decades ago when it first appeared. Not only did it secure the prize for best director for Albert Maritz, but Lafras's quest for identity and efforts to survive in a bureaucratic system also resonated widely with audiences. It was honoured with the audience choice prize.

Nicole Hanekom was also honoured for her best supporting actress role in Klaasvakie.

Lifetime achievement

Hit production Phantom of the Opera, which has already been seen by about 225 000 people in South Africa, won three prizes in the categories musical/music theatre: Jonathan Roxmouth for his portrayal of the mysterious Phantom, Robin Botha as his beloved Christine and Angela Killian's Madame Giry rendered the best supporting interpretation. Roxmouth also won the best supporting interpretation for Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.

David Dennis received the award for best supporting actor for The Tragedy of Richard III.

Lara Foot's drama Solomon & Marion was named the best South African play, while the visual theatre company FTH:K (from the hip: khulumakhale), who uses non-verbal theatre and involves hearing and deaf actors, received the prize for innovation in theatre.

Acclaimed actor, theatre creator, director and lecturer Christopher Weare was honoured with the lifetime achievement award.

Other winners include:

Promising student:

Janene (Nini) Conradie of the University of Stellenbosch

Best lighting design:

Mannie Manim for Solomon & Marion

Best set and props:

Saul Radomsky for The Bird Watchers

Best costume and/or mask design:

Marcel Meyer for the costume design of The Tragedy of Richard III

Best Sound Design and/or soundtrack:

James Webb for his sound design for The Bird Watchers

Best puppetry design:

Janni Younge for Ouroboros

The judges decided not to award the Rosalie van der Gucht prize for best young director this year.

The prizes were awarded at a glittering event at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch on Sunday. The masters of ceremonies were Alan Committie and Hannes van Wyk. The judges were Marianne Thamm, Africa Melane, Coreen Lloyd, Denise Bester, Dr Beverley Brommert, Dr Gabriel Botma, Gillian Mitchell, Herman van der Westhuizen, Jill Makram, Len Ashton, Mariana Malan, Marina Nel, Peter Tromp, Rone Arendse and Wayne Muller.