The nominations for the 2017 Matilda Awards – which recognise and celebrate theatre in Queensland – have been announced, with the lion’s share going to one-woman show  Blue Bones. Written and performed by Merlynn Tong, it is a semi-autobiographical work that explores domestic violence, relationships, and love. A Playlab production, Blue Bonesis nominated in seven categories – Best Mainstage Production, The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work, Best Director (Ian Lawson), Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (Tong), Best Lighting Design (David Walters), Best Sound Design (Guy Webster), and Best Audio Visual Design (Nathan Sibthorpe).

Merlynn Tong Merlynn Tong in  Blue Bones. Photo: Brisbane Powerhouse.

Close behind with five nods, Opera Queensland’s production of Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse, has been nominated for Best Mainstage Production and Best Director for Lindy Hume’s “sparkling take” on a rare Gilbert and Sullivan musical (read Limelight‘s review here). Bryan Probets has also picked up a Best Male Actor in a Leading Role nomination for his portrayal of Robin Oakapple, with co-star Christine Johnston nominated for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her Mad Margaret. Ruddigorehas also been nominated for...

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