2010 Matilda Awards
Monday 19 April, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane.
The would be’s, could be’s, and never will be’s were all out in force when Brisbane’s annual theatre awards for excellence – the MATILDA AWARDS - were handed out on Monday 19 April, in front of a packed industry audience of over 300 people at the Judith Wright Centre. Now in their 23rd year, the Matilda Awards are judged by a panel of Brisbane based newspaper, radio and website theatre critics.
The five major Matilda Awards went to: Sven Swenson for his contribution as a writer, director and an actor; Michael Gow for his 11 years of programming as Artistic Director at Queensland Theatre Company; Michelle Miall for direction, in particular for her production of The Pillowman; Playwright Richard Jordan for his new play 25 Down (Queensland Theatre Company); and Metro Arts for its Independents’ Season. These five winners were each presented with a specially commissioned trophy designed and made by Brisbane ceramic artist Pru Morrison, who is a well known Queensland artist who has had several solo exhibitions.
Several Matilda Award Commendations were also presented on the night: Best New Australian Play: 25 Down by Richard Jordan – Queensland Theatre Company; Best Independent Production: The Tempest – In The Raw Studio Season Production (Zen Zen Zo); Best Mainstage Production: The Crucible (Queensland Theatre Company); Best Director: Michelle Miall – The Pillowman (23rd Productions); Best Actor in a Main Role: Steven Rooke as Katurian in The Pillowman (23rd Productions); Best Actress in a Main Role: Stace Callaghan as William in The White Earth (La Boite Theatre Company); Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Chris Vernon as Michael in The Pillowman (23rd Productions); Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Andrea Moor as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Queensland Theatre Company); Best Designer: Jaxzyn (Jen Jackson) – video design – The Pineapple Queen (La Boite Theatre Company); and Best Emerging Artist: Michelle Miall –The Pillowman (23rd Productions).
Photo: Michelle Miall, Chris Vernon & Simon Finn MP [Photographer: Sean Young]