We are in the middle of the awards season for the entertainment industry. There have been the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. At Tamworth they had the Golden Guitars on Australia Day. The Oscar nominations have been announced. Best Picture could be Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, or A Star is Born. We’ll find out on 24 February. The big stage awards come a little later: the Oliviers(London) on 7 April, and the Tonys (New York) on 9 June.
This year the Sydney Theatre Awards, announced on 21 January, attracted surprisingly little media coverage. Now in their 14th year, these awards are directed to Australian theatre productions presented on Sydney stages during the calendar year. Selected from nominations in 33 categories over 49 productions, the awards are given by a group of eleven leading theatre reviewers, who clearly felt 2018 was a very strong year for the Sydney Theatre Company. In the blue ribbon category – Best Mainstage Production – all four nominations were for STC productions: Blackie Blackie Brown, The Harp in the South, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and Saint Joan. And the winner was The Harp in the South. This sealed a triumphant year for STC Artistic Director Kip Williams who also personally won Best Director. Conversely it has to be seen as a disappointing year for Belvoir and for the Bell Shakespeare Company which had no winners in any category.
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