Matildas 15 … the nominees

With another year over and a new one just begun, it is time to celebrate some of the stellar theatre that was made in Brisbane in 2015, specifically though the 2015 Matilda Awards, the nominations for which were released this week.

The ceremony, to be hosted by Carrita Farrar-Spencer and Leigh Buchanan will take place on Monday 29th February at Gardens Theatre. For outstanding work in 2015, five Gold Matilda Awards will be announced on the evening. In addition to these main awards, a Silver Matilda Award will be presented to an artist or company for commendable work in each of the following categories:


Best Mainstage Production
Brisbane, Queensland Theatre Company
Dracula, shake & stir theatre co
Grounded, Queensland Theatre Company
Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Queensland Theatre Company & Queensland Government

Best Independent Production
Heavenly Bodies, Pentimento Productions in association with Brisbane Powerhouse
My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe, Fractal Theatre
The Pillowman, Shock Therapy Productions in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse
Slammed, Crosstown Artists
Tiptoe, Brisbane Powerhouse in partnership with Pentimento Productions

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
Sandro Colarelli, My Love Had a Black Speed Stripe
Dash Kruck, Brisbane
Regan Lynch, Heavenly Bodies
Nick Skubij, Dracula

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Carol Burns, Happy Days
Libby Munro, Grounded
Christen O’Leary, Medea
Melissa Western, Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy 

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Brian Lucas, The Seagull
Tama Matheson, The Pillowman
Silvan Rus, Titus
Colin Smith, The Odd Couple

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Kimberley Hodgson, Into the Woods
Sarah McLeod, Tiptoe
Naomi Price, Ladies in Black
Emily Tomlins, The Motion of Light in Water

Best Director
Sam Foster, The Pillowman
Michael Futcher, Dracula
Andrea Moor, Grounded
John Peek, Slammed

Best Design (Set and costumes)
Josh McIntosh – set design on Dracula
Josh McIntosh – set design on Sweet, Sour and Saucy
Raymond Milner – production design on Heavenly Bodies
Sarah Winter – set design on Medea 

Best Technical Design (Lighting, multimedia and sound)
Jason Glenwright – lighting design on Dracula
Ryan Mahony – sound design on Heavenly Bodies
Raymond Pittmann – video design on De Profundis
David Walters – lighting design on Brisbane

Bille Brown Award for the Best Emerging Artist
Billy Bourchier, Pirates of Penzance
Kimberley Hodgson, Into the Woods
Georgina Hopson, Pirates of Penzance Into the Woods
Sarah Morrison, Ladies in Black 

The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work
Brisbane, by Matthew Ryan
I Might Take My Shirt Off, by Dash Kruck with music by Chris Perren
Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, by Daniel Evans
Slammed, by Stefanie Brooke Harper

Best Musical or Cabaret
Barbara and Barry’s Sweet, Sour and Saucy, Judith Wright Centre
Boy&Girl2: Mercury Rising, Oscar Theatre Company & Brisbane Powerhouse
I Might Take My Shirt Off, QPAC in association with QLD Cabaret Festival, Jai Higgs & Dash Kruck
Ladies in Black, Queensland Theatre Company, in association with QPAC

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