THE GLUGS THEATRICAL AWARDS

THE GLUGS THEATRICAL AWARDS

Once again it’s the time for the Glugs annual Theatre Awards in Sydney. This year marks the Glugs’ 55th year, even though awards were not given out until 1973. Only one award was given to David Williamson for Contribution to Theatre in 1973, and this year The Glugs will present a total of 18 awards (nominees below).

In 1966 a group of theatre-loving people – critics, journalists, actors and theatre-goers – met occasionally for lunch. These instigators included famous theatre critic Norman Kessell, Bill Fenn, JCW’s PR man John Love, and ABC producer Allan Kendall. The group invited international and local guests from the theatre.

By 1969 it was decided this group should have a name. Barry Morse (the dauntless pursuer of TV’s The Fugitive) was in Sydney following his Broadway stint playing Hadrian the Seventh. He was presented with a gift from the group – C.J.Dennis’s tongue in cheek poems, The Glugs of Gosh. Barry urged them to continue the luncheon as a regular event to help other overseas performers feel at home just like he did, and with appropriate reverence, he waved his hand over the group and declared ‘‘I hereby christen you – The Glugs’’.

The Glugs’ are still going strong today with over 80 members. Membership is by invitation only. Those who care about theatre are always considered favourably after attending two events. The Glugs’ meet on the first Monday of the month at the Castlereagh Inn (home of the NSW Masonic Club).

The Glugs’ year officially kicks-off in February with the Glugs Theatrical Awards presentation evening. The 2014 Award Presentation for the best of 2013 is on Monday 3rd February at the Castlereagh Inn (169 Castlereagh St, Sydney).

Chief Glug, Mr. Lee Young, will be M.C. and among the presenters will be Glug members, Ms Toni Lamond and Ms Nancye Hayes. Guests include Mr John Wood, Sharon Millerchip, and Lee Jones.

THESE AWARDS ARE VERY GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY THE SEABORN BROUGHTON & WALFORD FOUNDATION 

NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 GLUG AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED 3 FEBRUARY 2014

NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR

FEMALE

Helen Thomson - Mrs. Warren’s Profession - STC

Sharon Millerchip - Bombshells - Ensemble 

Eryn Jean Norvill - Romeo and Juliet - STC

Valerie Bader - The Floating World - Griffin

MALE

Lee Jones - Frankenstein - Ensemble

Glenn Hazeldine - Managing Carmen - Ensemble

Peter Kowitz - The Floating World - Griffin

Toby Schmitz -Hamlet - Belvoir

JEFFRY JOYNTON-SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

FEMALE

Vanessa Downing - The Glass Menagerie - Ensemble

Michelle Doake - Camp - Ensemble

Gael Ballantyne - Three Winters Green -

Amanda Muggleton - Torch Song Trilogy

MALE

Ewen Leslie - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - STC

Justin Smith - The Floating World - Griffin

Steve Rodgers - Dreams in White - Griffin

Jeremy Sims - The Secret River - STC

THE COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN MUSIC THEATRE

FEMALE

Lucy Maunder - Grease - GFO

Lucy Maunder  - Noel and Gertie - CDP Theatre Producers

Sheridan Harbridge - Songs for the Fallen - Critical Stages/Michael Sieders

Chloe Dallimore - The Addams Family - Rodney Rigby and assoc.

MALE

Tony Sheldon - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - James Anthony Prod. 

Matt Hetherington - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - James Anthony Prod.

John Waters - The Addams Family - Rodney Rigby and assoc.

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN MUSIC THEATRE

FEMALE

Anne Wood - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - James Anthony Prod.

Katrina Retallick - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  - James Anthony Prod.

Amanda Bishop - The Wharf Revue - STC

MALE

John Wood - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  - James Anthony Prod.

Russell Dykstra - The Addams Family  - Rodney Rigby and assoc.

JOHN WEST MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - by R. B and R. M. Sherman, and Jeremy Sams and Ray Roderick from the Ian Fleming novel - dir. Roger Hodgman, - TML Enterprises

The Addams Family- by Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, dir. Jerry Zaks - GFO

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- by David Yazbeck and Jeffrey Lane, dir. Roger Hodgman - James Anthony Prod.

Noel and Gertie- by Sheridan Morley from Noel Coward, dir. Nancye Hayes - CDP Theatre Producers

ROBERT DAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING THEATRE PRODUCTION

The Secret River- by Andrew Bovell from the Kate Grenville novel, dir. Neil Armfield - STC

Angels in America- by Tony Kushner, dir. Eamon Flack - Belvoir

Romeo and Juliet- by William Shakespeare, dir. Kip Williams - STC

Beached- by Melissa Bubnic, dir. Shannon Murphy - Griffin

TAFFY DAVIES MEMORIAL AWARD  FOR BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN PERFORMED WORK

The Secret River- by Andrew Bovell from the Kate Grenville novel, dir. Neil Armfield - STC

Beached - by Melissa Bubnic, dir. Shannon Murphy - Griffin

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity- by Geoffrey Atherden, dir. Shannon Murphy - Ensemble

Songs for the Fallen- written and directed by Sheridan Harbridge - Critical Stages/Michael Sieders

AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Storm Boy- adapted for the stage by Tom Holloway from the book by Colin Thiele, dir. John Sheedy - Barking Gecko/STC

Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat- based on the book by Stephen John King, dir. John Saunders - Monkey Baa Theatre

Danny in the Toybox- by Richard Tulloch, music by Catherine Martin, dir. Sher Kearney and Margie McCrae - Marian Sreet Theatre for Young People

A Year with Frog and Toad- by Robert and Willie Reale from the books by Arnold Lobel, dir. Anna Crawford – Ensemble

Nominations to be decided –

DON REID MEMORIAL AWARD FOR PERFORMER ON THE WAY

BEST CABARET PERFORMANCE

HAYES GORDON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE BEHIND THE SCENES

SEABORN BROUGHTON AND WALFORD LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

CHIEF GLUG’S AWARD

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