A Christmas Carol leads the pack with eight nominations at this year’s Matilda Awards, which recognise and celebrate achievements in theatre in Queensland. shake and stir’s adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens story has been nominated for Best Mainstage Production, while two of its stars have received nods. Eugene Gilfedder has been nominated for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role as Ebeneezer Scrooge, while Bryan Probets has been nominated for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role for playing the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as well as Marley’s ghost. A Christmas Carol has also picked up nods for Best Video Design (Craig Wilkinson), Best Lighting Design (Jason Glenwright), Best Sound Design/Composition (Chris Perren and Salliana Campbell), Best Costume Design (Josh McIntosh) and Best Set Design (McIntosh).
Bryan Probets and Eugene Gilfedder in A Christmas Carol. Photo © Stephen Henry
Not far behind with five nominations, La Boite Theatre Company’s touring production of Prize Fighter is also in the running for Best Mainstage Production. Pacharo Mzembe and Gideon Mzembe are up for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role respectively, with nominations for Best Lighting Design (David Walters) and Best Set Design (Bill Haycock).
Tying with five nominations of its own, Queensland Theatre, debase productions and JUTE Theatre Company’s The Longest Minute is also up for Best Mainstage Production. Bridget Boyle has been nominated for Best Director, while Chenoa Deemal and Jeremy Ambrum are up for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role respectively. The Longest Minute has also been nominated for Best Lighting Design (Jason Glenwright).
Chenoa Deemal and cast members of The Longest Minute. Photographs courtesy of Queensland Theatre
Queensland Theatre has had a particularly strong 2018, securing nominations for four other productions. Nearer the Gods, David Williamson’s critically acclaimed new play, is also up for Best Mainstage Production, with Williamson in the running for The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work. Kimie Tsukakoshi has also been nominated for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role, with David Walters up for Best Lighting Design.
QT’s Hedda, Melissa Bubnic’s Gold Coast reimagining of Ibsen’s classic, also vies for Best Mainstage Production, with Jason Klarwein and Andrea Moor nominated for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role respectively.
QT’s co-production with Malthouse, Good Muslim Boy, has seen Ben Hughes nominated for Best Lighting Design, with Phil Slade also in the running for Best Sound Design/Composition. The company’s production of Twelfth Night, directed by Artistic Director Sam Strong and featuring songs by Tim Finn, is meanwhile in the running for Best Musical or Cabaret.
Full list of nominations can be found here. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 18 at Brisbane Powerhouse