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GLUGS Annual Theatre Awards 2015

Beloved Sydney theatre group THE GLUGS – now in their 48th year – proudly present nominations for the 2015 GLUGS THEATRE AWARDS. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday 2 February 2015 at their home base, The Castlereagh Inn.

In 1966 a group of theatre-lovers – critics, journalists, actors and theatre-goers – met occasionally for lunch. Among them famous theatre critic Norman Kessell, JCW’s PR man John Love, and ABC producer Allan Kendall. The group invited international and local theatre guests who spoke about the profession over lunch and a glass of wine.

By 1969 it was decided the group should have a name. British actor Barry Morse was in Sydney following his Broadway stint and Australian tour of Hadrian the Seventh. He was presented a gift from the group – C.J.Dennis’s tongue-in-cheek poems The Glugs of Gosh. Barry urged the group to continue luncheons as a regular event to help other overseas performers feel at home just like he did, and with a wave of his hand he ceremoniously declared ‘‘I hereby christen you – The Glugs’’.

THE GLUGS continues with luncheons on the first Monday of every month at The Castlereagh Inn, and applauds the best of every year’s Sydney theatre with their annual awards. New members are always welcome.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 GLUG AWARDS (based on 2014 theatre)

NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR

FEMALE

Lucy Bell – Emerald City – Griffin

Toni Scanlon – All My Sons – Darlinghurst Theatre

Fiona Press – Neighbourhood Watch – Ensemble

Kate Mulvany – Tartuffe – Bell Shakespeare

Deborah Kennedy – Other Desert Cities – Ensemble

MALE

Sean Taylor – Blue/Orange – Ensemble

Ian Meadows – Blue/Orange – Ensemble

Dorian Nkono – Blue/Orange – Ensemble

Glenn Hazeldine – The Jack Manning Trilogy – Ensemble

Steve Rodgers – Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – Griffin

JEFFRY JOYNTON-SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

FEMALE

Kate Fitzpatrick – Cruise Control – Ensemble

Michelle Doake – Cruise Control – Ensemble

Kate Fitzpatrick – On the Shores of the Wide, Wide World – Griffin

Diana Maclean – Other Desert Cities – Ensemble

MALE

Andrew Henry – All My Sons – Darlinghurst Theatre

Matt Edgerton – Richard III – Ensemble

Ron Haddrick – Noises Off – STC

Sean O’Shea – Tartuffe – Bell Shakespeare

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN MUSIC THEATRE

FEMALE

Verity Hunt-Ballard – Sweet Charity – Luckiest Productions/ Neil Gooding Productions

Katrina Retallick – Ruthless – The Theatre Division

Lisa McCune – The King and I – Opera Australia

MALE

Ian Stenlake – Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You – Neil Gooding Productions

Martin Crewes – Sweet Charity – Luckiest Productions/ Neil Gooding Productions

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN MUSIC THEATRE

FEMALE

Geraldine Turner – Ruthless – The Theatre Division

Debra Krizak – Sweet Charity – Luckiest Productions/ Neil Gooding Productions

Debra Krizak – Sondheim on Sondheim – Squabbalogic

Meredith O’Reilly – Ruthless – The Theatre Division

Heather Mitchell – Strictly Ballroom – Global Creatures

MALE

Drew Forsythe – Strictly Ballroom – Global Creatures

Tom Sharah – The Drowsy Chaperone – Squabbalogic

Toby Francis – Truth, Beauty and a Picture of You – Neil Gooding Productions

Reg Livermore – Wicked – GFO

Ross Chisari – The Drowsy Chaperone – Squabbalogic

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER

Hunter Page-Lochard – Brother’s Wreck – Belvoir

Toby Francis – Love and Death and an American Guitar – Highway Run Productions

Kelsi Boyden – Beauty and the Beast – Neil Gooding Productions

Jake Lyall – God of Hell – MopHead Productions

TAFFY DAVIES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUSTANDING INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION – sponsored by Beverley Davies

Sondheim on Sondheim – music/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, dir. Jay James-Moody – Squabbalogic

On the Shores of the Wide, Wide World – by Simon Stephens – dir. Anthony Skuse – Pantsguys/Griffin Independent

The Drowsy Chaperone – music by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison, lyrics by Bob Martin & Don McKellar, dir. Jay James-Moody – Squabbalogic

All My Sons – by Arthur Miller – dir. Iain Sinclair – Darlinghurst Theatre

Ruthless – book/lyrics by Joel Paley, music by Marvin Laird – dir. Lisa Freshwater – The Theatre Division

November Spawned a Monster – by Alex Broun – dir. Robert Chuter – Fly-on-the-Wall Theatre/SITCO

JOHN WEST MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW AUSTRALIAN PERFORMED WORK

Jump for Jordan – by Donna Abela – dir. Iain Sinclair – Griffin

Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – by Declan Greene – dir. Lee Lewis – Griffin/PTC

Black Diggers – by Tom Wright – dir. Wesley Enoch – Brisbane/Sydney Festivals

Once in Royal David’s City – by Michael Gow – dir. Eamon Flack – Belvoir

Pete the Sheep – adapted from the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley by Eva Di Cesare, Tim McGarry and Sandra Eldridge – music/lyrics by Phil Scott – dir. Jonathan Biggins – Monkey Baa Theatre Co.

AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRODUCTION -sponsored by Rose Peterson

Pete the Sheep – adapted from the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley by Eva Di Cesare, Tim McGarry and Sandra Eldridge – music/lyrics by Phil Scott – dir. Jonathan Biggins – Monkey Baa Theatre Co.

Snow White – adapted by Helen Martin, dir. Rebecca Jones and Laura Gava – Marian Street Theatre for Young People

The Witches – by Roald Dahl, adalpted from the stage play by David Wood – dir. Lucas Jervies – Griffin

ROBERT DAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING MAINSTREAM PRODUCTION

Blue/Orange – by Joe Penhall – dir. Anna Crawford – Ensemble

Henry V – by Shakespeare – dir. Damien Ryan – Bell Shakespeare

Strictly Ballroom – book & lyrics by Baz Luhrman & Craig Pearce, music by Elliot Wheeler – dir. Baz Luhrman – Global Creatures

Pete the Sheep – adapted from the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley by Eva Di Cesare, Tim McGarry and Sandra Eldridge – music/lyrics by Phil Scott – dir. Jonathan Biggins – Monkey Baa Theatre Co.

The King and I – by Rogers and Hammerstein – dir. Christopher Renshaw – musical dir. Peter Casey – Opera Australia

AWARDS GENOROUSLY SPONSORED BY THE SEABORN BROUGHTON & WALFORD FOUNDATION

For more information about the Glugs or to join us on 2 Feb, contact secretary

Beverley Davies O.A.M., 9568 3412, beverleydd@gmail.com

For media enquiries about The 2014 Glug Theatrical Awards contact publicist

Maryann Wright, 0414 621 917, info@maryannwright.com.au

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