Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards – Winners

Tuesday, 12 March, 2002
Gudrun Clark Communications
Annual recognition for theatre stars
The winners of the prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were announced at a luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Cape Town 8th March 2002.

The Fleur du Cap Awards hosted by the Distell Foundation for the Performing Arts have supported arts in the Western Cape for 35 years, bestowing recognition upon local professional theatre.

The classic, Death of a Salesman, staged at the Baxter Theatre, collected three major awards. The Best Director’s award went to Bobby Heaney. Bill Flynn received the Best Actor’s award for his performance in the title role, while Langley Kirkwood picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role as Biff.

The Baxter’s production, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, received two awards. Best Actress went to Claire Berlein for her portrayal of the daughter, Mag Folan, while Paddy Canavan collected the Best Supporting Actress award for this Irish play.

Mark Elderkin, a student of the University of Cape Town, was awarded as Most Promising Student and Janine Neethling won the prize for Best Contribution to a Musical or Revue for her musical direction of Vere. The Best Performance in a Musical or Revue went to Warren Kimmel for his various roles in Cats (as Bustopher Jones, Gus the Theatre Cat and Growltiger). Keith Anderson received the award Best Technical Contribution to Theatre for Technical Management, for this famous musical.

Rajesh Gopie received the Best New Indigenous Script award, for Out of Bounds, and the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Young Directors went to Brett Bailey for Big Dada.

Special Merit Awards were awarded for devotion and passion to the performing arts. Fiona Chisholm received her award for a long career as trend-setting theatre Critic and Zoë Randall received the lifetime award in recognition of sixty years of dedication as actress and supporter of theatre and the profession.

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