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SINGAPORE, 10 April 2017 - The winners of the M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards were revealed on Monday (10 April), at an awards presentation ceremony at the Esplanade Recital Studio.

Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the Guest-of-Honour.

For the third year running, communications company M1 Limited (M1) is the title sponsor of the awards, which are organised in collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. The nation’s premier theatre awards, which honour the best productions and talents of the preceding year, were launched by The Straits Times Life in 2001. 

Bitch: The Origin Of The Female Species (Edith Podesta, presented by M1 Singapore Fringe Festival), was awarded Production of the Year, and Edith Podesta won the Best Original Script award. 

Theatre company Pangdemonium is a big winner, with four awards for its production Falling, an American play about a family caring for a child with special needs, featuring a cast of five. It won the Readers Choice for Production of the Year. This award, inaugurated in 2013, gives readers and theatre-lovers a chance to vote online for their favourite production. It is a separate award from Production of the Year, which is selected by a judging panel. 

Falling also won Tracie Pang her first Best Director award. Cast members Andrew Marko and Tan Kheng Hua were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. 

The award for Best Production For The Young went to The Magic Lantern by Paper Monkey Theatre/ Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. This award category, which was introduced in 2016 in partnership with the National Arts Council (NAC), recognises Singapore companies that create outstanding performances for audiences aged 12 and younger. 

Except for the Best Production for the Young category, the other awards are judged by a five-member panel comprising Matthew Lyon from the School of the Arts’ (SOTA) Faculty of Theatre; Adeline Chia, associate editor of ArtReview Asia; Cheong Suk-Wai, senior writer at The Straits Times; arts reviewers Wang Yiming of Lianhe Zaobao and Akshita Nanda of The Straits Times.

The judges for the Best Production for the Young award are: independent artist educator and vice-president of the Singapore Drama Educators Association, Peggy Ferroa; independent theatre director and drama educator, Jeffrey Tan; founder and director of ACT 3 Theatrics, R Chandran; Chinese reviewer and columist Chong Yuan Chien; and The Straits Times correspondent Venessa Lee.

See the full list of winners in the attachment below. 

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