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Jason Klarwein wins theatrical excellence award

Jason Klarwein accepts his award from Eric Scott. Photo by Deanne Scott

The Brisbane branch of the Glugs of Gosh, a group dedicated to celebrating theatre in style, held its Christmas lunch at the Paddington Tavern on Tuesday and revealed the winner of the Chief Glug’s Award for Theatrical Excellence.

The winner was actor/director/writer Jason Klarwein who left rehearsals with Grin and Tonic’s new production of a shortened – and very technical – Romeo and Juliet to attend the lunch.

It has been a busy and fruitful year for Jason.

He was director and co-writer of Queensland Theatre’s My Name is Jimi, which has toured to the Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Festival and Communities in Cape York. The work received a Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award.

With Grin and Tonic he directed school shows April’s Fool and Super/Natural - which have been seen by more than 25,000 school students from all over Queensland

As an actor he starred in Queensland Theatre’s Twelfth Night playing Orsino and Hedda playing George Tesman. He also worked as an actor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Babar the Elephant, Carnival of the Animals and Young Person’s Guide to The Orchestra.

After a short Christmas break Jason will be back with Queensland Theatre directing the 2019 season opener, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

He is also Industry Patron for Queensland University of Technology’s Student Theatre Company - Vena Cava and is a current National Board Member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Jason was presented with a trophy and cheque for $1000 by Mayor of Gosh Eric Scott. Scott also presented a cheque for $800 to June Craw and Danny May who accepted it on behalf to the Actors’ and Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund. The group has been making an annual to the fund since the 1990s.

The Glugs of Gosh meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Paddington Tavern for a hot lunch and a talk from a showbiz personality.

For more details of membership contact Eric Scott at

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