Perth Theatre Company was recognised for the quality of its productions by the theatre industry last night when the Company and its 2008/2009 partners were presented with seven Equity Guild Awards.
The Tenth Annual Perth Theatre Trust Equity Guild Awards was held at the Perth Concert Hall, and brought the Western Australian professional theatre industry together to celebrate and acknowledge outstanding creative achievement.
Perth Theatre Company was nominated 13 times across nine awards, and won a total of seven awards.
The Company’s support for independent theatre companies was acknowledged with three awards for coproductions with Delira Productions and Agelink Theatre Inc. These included Geoff Gibb’s Best Newcomer Award, won by Will O’Mahony for his portrayal of Craig Castevich, and Best Supporting Actor (Female), won by Sophia Hall for her portrayal of Sarah Gartrell, both in the world premiere of The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell (Delira Productions); and Best Actor (Female), won by Rosemarie Lenzo for her solo performance as Rose in the West Australian premiere of Rose (Agelink Theatre Inc).
Sean Walsh was awarded Best Supporting Actor (Male) for his portrayal of Alan Bond in Taking Liberty, a production that was also awarded Best Production and Best New Play. Perth Theatre Company commissioned Ingle Knight to write Taking Liberty, to celebrate the twenty‐[ifth anniversary of Australia’s America’s Cup win.
Luke Hewitt was presented with the award for Best Actor (Male), for his depiction of Charlie Fox in SpeedThePlow.
The Perth Theatre Trust Equity Guild Awards is Perth’s premier awards event for live theatre, and the only awards event for the professional theatre industry in the state. The Awards are judged by a panel of industry representatives and focus on productions presented in the last financial year.