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Blue Room Award Winners Announced
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 03:56
Another successful Blue Room year was celebrated last Thursday night, April 24, with outgoing Blue Room Chairperson Julia Moody praising the Blue Room staff, board, and members during the performing arts organization's AGM, for the landmark achievements of averaging 70% audience attendance, and exceeding projections in sponsorship and fundraising.

When fellow board member Adam Mitchell introduced the MC for the second part of the evening, The Blue Room Awards, it was time to recognize the companies and individual artists involved in the Blue Room programme.

MC Bruce Shitlock, a puppet creation of Weeping Spoon members Tim Watts and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, got the 2008 Blue Room Awards off to a riotous start with his 1 minute re-inaction of Hope is the saddest, nominated for Best Production, which would be the last award presented.

The first, the Judges' Award, granted for a single outstanding element of a production, went to Luke Milton's Reprehensible, for writing in a unique form (the successful live sit-com presented two new episodes each week of it's three week season). Milton and company later took out the cheeky Biggest Bar Tab award - and not for the first time in the Awards' history either!

The Blue Room members got to award their favourite show, and it came down to The Mozart Faction, Reprehensible, and last year's winner Mythophobic Productions for Hope is the saddest. Amid hopes and speculation of a second consecutive win for Mythophobic, those present were pleased to see Red Ryder Productions take home the 2008 Members' Choice Award for The Mozart Faction, a tense and darkly comic drama that sees an unlikely bunch of choir singers taken hostage in the local hall.

Blue Room Executive Director Jansis O'Hanlon accepted awards on behalf of companies that weren't represented at the ceremony: Fragmented Artists received the Best Publicity award for their show Fragmented; and Mirage Makers took out the Best Box Office award for Two Old Queens.

After keeping the Blue Room Awards audience enthralled and in stitches, the MC was left speechless when Weeping Spoon was announced the winner of Best Production Team. The audience waited to see if one or the other of Bruce's operators would break character. "If Tim and Wyatt were here," Shitlock began, "I'm sure they'd say something like..." And in the blink of an eye Bruce the puppet was gone and Tim Watts was giving gracious thanks.

Shitlock returned quickly to continue the hilarious re-enactments of Best Production nominees that had been placed at intervals between the 'serious' award presentations, with Lipstick and Hessian, Reprehensible and The Mozart Faction all getting a fine treatment. But it was last year's Best Production winner Thomas Papathanassiou who had the job of presenting the award... to a popular favourite, Hope is the saddest by Mythophobic Productions.

All in all, there was just the right amount of laughter, sadness, joy and controversy that you would expect from a night out at The Blue Room, Perth's home to innovative and diverse live performance.


BLUE ROOM AWARD WINNERS

JUDGES' AWARD

Artists from all 2007 Blue Room shows are eligible.
WINNER: Luke Milton, Reprehensible

BEST BOX OFFICE - Nominees
Mirage Makers – Two Old Queens
Spontaneous Insanity & Dogs of Invention – This Is Your Life (Sort Of)
Red Ryder Productions – The Mozart Faction
WINNER: Mirage Makers, Two Old Queens

BEST PUBLICITY - Nominees
Fragmented – Fragmented Artists
Reprehensible – a Luke Milton Production
Construction of the Human Heart – Gossips’ Feast Productions
This Is Your Life (Sort Of) – Spontaneous Insanity & Dogs of Invention
WINNER: Fragmented, Fragmented Artists

BIGGEST BAR TAB - Nominees
Mirage Makers – Two Old Queens
Red Ryder Productions – The Mozart Faction
Luke Milton Productions – Reprehensible
WINNER: Luke Milton Productions, Reprehensible

BEST PRODUCTION TEAM - Nominees
Luke Milton Productions - Reprehensible
Weeping Spoon – Specks in the Black
Mythophobic Productions – Hope is the saddest
Gossips’ Feast Productions – Construction of the Human Heart
WINNER: Weeping Spoon – Specks in the Black

MEMBERS’ CHOICE - Nominees
The Mozart Faction – Red Ryder Productions
Reprehensible – a Luke Milton Production
Hope is the saddest – Mythophobic Productions
WINNER: The Mozart Faction – Red Ryder Productions

BEST PRODUCTION - Nominees
Hope is the saddest – Mythophobic Productions
Lipstick and Hessian – Jo Morris
Reprehensible – a Luke Milton Production
The Mozart Faction – Red Ryder Productions
WINNER: Hope is the saddest – Mythophobic Productions
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