Matilda Awards Executive Committee chairperson Deb Wilks said “The Matilda Awards are a highly-anticipated part of the Queensland and Brisbane theatre scene.”
“From physical theatre, musical and cabaret triumphs, to the best in costume, lighting and performance, the awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the incredible array of talent we are lucky enough to have here in the sunshine state.
Leading the charge with five nominations each is Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of Fantastic Mr Fox, in collaboration with QPAC, and smash-hit musical Fangirls, which premiered at Queensland Theatre as part of Brisbane Festival in September 2019.
Fantastic Mr Fox received five nominations, including Best Video Design (Craig Wilkinson for video and Jon Weber for illustrations), Best Costume Design (Josh McIntosh), Best Sound Design/Composition (Guy Webster), Best Set Design (Guy Webster) and Best Director (Ross Balbuziente).
Produced by Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival and Belvoir in association with ATYP, Fangirls received five nominations, including Best Mainstage Production, Best Musical or Cabaret, Best Director (Paige Rattray) and Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role (Kimberley Hodgson) for her role as one of Edna’s closest friends, Briana.
Written by Sydney-based playwright, composer and musical comedian Yve Blake, Fangirls tells the story of 14-year-old Edna who is head-over-heels and madly in love with ‘True Connection’ boy band star, Harry.
Squaring off for Best Director are Jason Klarwein (Death of A Salesman), Ross Balbuziente (Fantastic Mr Fox), Daniel Evans (Cinderella) and Paige Rattray (Fangirls).
Australia’s best in show will battle it out for the coveted top spot, with Amy Ingram (Cinderella), Richard Lund (Kelly), Tama Matheson (When The World Was Wide), Kathryn Marquet (Magpie), Suzie French (Girl’s Guide to World War), Thomas Larkin Death of a Salesman) and Michael Mandalios (Magpie) and Kate Wilson (The Revisionist) among those nominated in the acting categories.
A brand-new category and award at the 2018 Matilda Awards, saw Christine Felmington receive the Inaugural Emerging Female Arts Leader Award. 2019 nominees include Kate Malone Laura Hansford and Emily Wells.
The Matilda Awards Committee will also announce the recipient of the Creative Industries Backstage Award, along with the Bille Brown Award for Best Emerging Artist and the revered Gold Matilda at the glittering awards ceremony on February 17.
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The Matilda Awards are Queensland’s premier awards for performing arts. The inaugural event was held in 1987 as a means of celebrating, recognising and promoting excellence in Queensland's theatre industry.