The Fortune Theatre production of Play proceeds. Photo by Nigel Benson.
A free-entry play set in the rubble of a main street building
dominated the 2012 Dunedin Theatre Awards last night.
The Fortune Theatre production of Play won more than
half the awards at the ceremony in the Mayfair Theatre last
night. Play had no entry fee and was produced as the
Fortune's contribution to the Otago Festival of the Arts in
The play featured three actors trapped in large iron urns in
purgatory and was set in the Standard Insurance building in
the Exchange, while it underwent reconstruction.
It won production of the year, director of the year and
female performance of the year, and took top awards for
technical and scenographical design.
Awards convener Patrick Davies said the variety of theatre
work produced in Dunedin during the year had required a
decision-making matrix called 1000Minds to be used to
''We were really impressed by the wide range of nominations
and the high standard of work, which completely justifies the
presence of the awards,'' he said last night.
''The 1000Minds matrix did exactly what we hoped it would do
and it let us compare apples with apples."
-Promotion: Cabaret Botanica, by Inge Andrewes.
Script/narrative: Death*Sex*Magic, by Jonathan
Visiting production: Richard Meros Salutes the Southern
Man, by Conditional Productions.
Scenographical designer: Hannah Kidd for Play.
Technical designer: Stephen Kilroy for Play.
Male performance: Simon O'Connor for Heroes (Fortune
Female performance: Hilary Halba for Play.
Director: Lara Macgregor for Play.
Production: Play, by the Fortune Theatre.
Outstanding industry support: Bill Noble and University Book
Emerging artists: Grace Park and Alex Wilson.
Outstanding contribution to Dunedin theatre: Michael Andrewes
and the Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance
Lifetime achievement award: Shirley Kelly, Mary Dixon, Denise
Walsh and Louise Petherbridge.