Above: American idiot. Below right Merlynn Tong
The 2017 Matildas Award was held at the Brisbane Powerhouse before a capacity audience Hosted by Bridget Boyle & Bryan Probets and directed by Kris Stewartand.
The night was a triumph for smaller companies and Merlynn Tong in particular.
Her solo play Blue Bones won six Matilda awards and helped Playlab to take out the Good Matilda. Blue Bones, performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse, won best mainstage production, Best Director for Ian Lawson, Best Audio Visual Design for Nathan Sibthorpe, Best Lighting Design for David Walters, while Merlynn herself too out two personal awards - The Lord Mayor’s Award For Best New Australian Work and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role.
Queensland Theatre had two wins – Best Male Actor in a Leading Role for Colin Smith in An Octoroon and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Anthony Standish.
Shake&stiry/QPAC took out Best Musical or Cabaret for Green Day’s American Idiot and Josh McIntosh took out Best Set Design for the same show.
ABOVE: The winner of the Bille Brown Award - Meghan Bowden in The Winter’s Tale. Below: Colin Smith in An Octoroon
Deanne Scott's after party pictures tomorrow
The full list of winners is:
BEST MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
Blue Bones, Playlab in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse
BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
The Forwards, Shock Therapy Productions, Zeal & Brisbane Powerhouse
BEST MUSICAL OR CABARET
Green Day’s American Idiot, shake & stir theatre co & QPAC
BEST CIRCUS OR PHYSICAL THEATRE WORK
Humans, Circa Contemporary Circus
THE LORD MAYOR’S AWARD FOR BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WORK
Blue Bones, Merlynn Tong
Ian Lawson, Blue Bones
BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Merlynn Tong, Blue Bones
BEST MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Colin Smith, An Octoroon
BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Elise Greig & Helen O’Leary (tie), Swallow
BEST MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anthony Standish, An Octoroon
BILLE BROWN AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING ARTIST
Meghan Bowden, The Winter’s Tale
BEST DESIGN – AUDIO VISUAL
Nathan Sibthorpe, Blue Bones
BEST DESIGN – COSTUME
BEST DESIGN – LIGHTING
David Walters, Blue Bones
BEST DESIGN – SET
Josh McIntosh, Green Day’s American Idiot
BEST DESIGN – SOUND
Sam Cromack, Ball Park Music (Composer) & Tony Brumpton (Sound Design), Laser Beak Man