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Dress designer Leigh Buchanan honoured for theatrical excellence

Right: A delighted Lee Buchanan after receiving his award.

Fashion and theatrical dress designer Leigh Buchanan was the winner of the Brisbane Glugs of Gosh Chief Glugs Award for 2015. The award is for excellence in theatre.

The Glugs of Gosh is a group of showbiz types - actors, directors, writers and theatregoers - who meet monthly for lunch and, as well as funding the annual award, which consists of a trophy certificate and a cheque for $1000, raise money for the Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund.

When handing out the award Chief Glug, Muriel Watson said: “Often the people who work behind the scenes go unrewarded in the entertainment business, so it is good to offer the Chief Glug’s award this year to someone who has done phenomenal work behind the scenes and performed on stage too."

Over the past year Leigh has worked with:

Shake & Stir ; Designer and costumier for Dracula

Collusion ; Designer and costumier for Gareth Belling's Desirelines contemporary chamber ballet

Opera Queenland ; cutter and costumier for La Traviata and Candide

Queensland Theatre Company ; Principle Cutter for Ladies in Black, Boston Marriage, Brisbane and the "Diva Series". Dresser for Carol Burns in Happy Days and the Act 2 designer for the custom-couture gown for Naomi Price's Adele - Rumour Has It (to be showcased at the Sydney Opera House in Jan)

La Boite ; cutter and costumier for A Midsummer Night's Dream and Medea, Stylist and costumier for 2015/2016 award winning brochures for Camerata of Saint John's ;

personal costumier to Rebecca Gibney for her tele-movie currently in production

personal costumier to Penelope Cruz for Karmi beer commercial

head/sole costumier for various short films and television commercials


The Devil Wears Leigh Buchanan Powerhouse season and Adelaide Feast Festival

Barbra Windsor-Woo special guest performance at WOW - Women of the World Festival

Performer at Pride Comedy Gala

MC for various charity functions and events

“That was really an awesome gift today. I felt very honoured and quite blown away. So generous, but very humbled and grateful to have been acknowledged in such a way...such a beautiful thing to do for our theatre family, thank you so much,” said Leigh, after receiving the award.

Anyone interested in joing the Glugs of Gosh can contact Eric Scott on for all the details.

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