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2011 Blue Room Theatre Awards
Around 100 industry and Blue Room Theatre members and dignitaries including City of Perth councillors witnessed a short, sharp and entertaining Blue Room Theatre Awards presentation last night, hosted by Libby Klysz and acting Executive Director Kerry O'Sullivan, at the Northbridge epicentre of Perth's independent theatre sector.
Having been nominated for Best Director and Best Lead Actor at this year's Equity Guild Awards, it was no surprise Night Train's production Wish, adapted from the novel about a man's impossible love for a gorilla, featured heavily in this year's nominations at The Blue Room Theatre where the show was developed and will now springboard from.
Wish took out both Members' Choice and the industry-judged Blue Stone Award for a combined Best Performance by Humphrey Bower and Danielle Micich (recent WA Dance Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement thanks to this role). The pair are now on their way to the 2012 Australian Performing Arts Market in Adelaide where they will showcase Wish to presenters and producers from around the world.
Red Rabbit Collective used the coverage from their Edinburgh world premiere of Flirt Fiction, developed at The Blue Room Theatre during Summer Nights 2011, to leverage their Best Publicity winning campaign; while fellow nominees DRAG, by first-time producers Drag Queens Are Us, took out the Audience Development award for their sold-out Winter Arts season and are currently preparing to present the show in Darwin next year with the addition of some local cast.
Judges' Choice (for any outstanding element of a production) – awarded by the panel of Sarah Knight, James Helm and Jenny Vila – went to Renegade Productions' Laryngectomy for "successful realization of innovative concept". This interactive and somewhat controversial performance installation returns to a larger venue when it is part of The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights at PICA during FRINGE WORLD 2012.
Also soon to be in the PICA Performance Space is the winner of Best Production, Little y Theatre Co. After a review in July stated their world premiere of Scent Tales was "the best show to emerge from the Perth theatre so far this year", the judges agreed it didn't get any better for the top award, earning them a funded creative development or production season at The Blue Room Theatre next year – adding to their busy calendar of co-producing a new large scale ensemble work with Happy Dagger Theatre for Summer Nights 2012.
While last year's Members' Choice and Best Production winner The Pride followed in the footsteps of 2009's triple-gonged Alvin Sputnik (currently touring the world), being picked up by Perth Theatre Co, the 2010 Judges' Choice When Harry Met Harry has been awarded multiple times for this year's sell-out tour of the Canadian fringe circuit; forecasting a broad spectrum of opportunities and worldwide success for Blue Room Theatre Award winners all round.
2011 Blue Room Theatre Awards – complete list of nominees and winners
Appalling Behaviour - Professional Collective SA
DRAG - Drag Queens Are Us
Flirt Fiction - Red Rabbit Collective (WINNER)
Red Rabbit Collective - Flirt Fiction
Renegade Productions - Laryngectomy
The Wet Weather Ensemble - Adam & Eve (WINNER)
Best Production Team
Night Train - Wish
Renegade Productions - Laryngectomy
Natural Wings - She Dances in the Dark (WINNER)
Blue Stone (Best Performance)
Georgia King - Scent Tales
Zoe Cooper - Flirt Fiction
Humphrey Bower and Danielle Micich - Wish (WINNER)
Adam and Eve - The Wet Weather Ensemble
SLUT - little y Theatre Co.
Wish - Night Train (WINNER)
little y Theatre Co. - SLUT
Main Events - A Germ of An Idea: a dirty comedy by Monica Main
Drag Queens Are Us - DRAG (WINNER)
Scent Tales - Immersive design
Adam and Eve - Audio and visual design
Laryngectomy - Successful realization of innovative concept (WINNER)
Wish - Night Train
Laryngectomy - Renegade Productions
Scent Tales - little y Theatre Co. (WINNER)