SINGAPORE, 24 March 2008 – The best of Singapore theatre were honoured tonight at the Life! Theatre Awards, organised by The Straits Times Life!.
Singapore’s arts party of the year was graced by Guest-of-Honour Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, and hosted by actress Pam Oei.
The annual awards recognise the achievements of the Singapore theatre community, for productions staged in the previous year. It was inaugurated in 2001 and is now into its eighth year. Awards in 13 categories were handed out tonight.
A big winner was Cake Theatrical Productions, a three-year old company, which had 14 nominations and took home three awards.
“Nothing”, their kaleidoscopic production about love and death, won Production of the Year, as well as awards for Best Director and Best Multimedia Design which went to Natalie Hennedige and Brian Gothong Tan, respectively.
Wendy Kweh won for Best Actress for her performance in the Singapore Repertory Theatre´s “A Midsummer´s Night Dream”, while the Best Actor gong went to Ramesh Meyyappan for “Gin & Tonic”.
There was a tie in the Best Original Script category – The Necessary Stage´s Haresh Sharma shared the award for his play “Good People” with Ovidia Yu who won for “Hitting (On) Women”. This is Haresh Sharma’s second award in two years.
The partners for the Awards are Music & Movement, Wyndham Estate and Tiger Beer.
8th Life! Theatre Awards Winner´s List:
Best Sound Design
Darren Ng, 0501 (The Finger Players)
Best Set Design
Lim Wei Ling, 0501 (The Finger Players)
Best Multimedia Design
Brian Gothong Tan, Nothing (Cake Theatrical Productions)
Best Lighting Design
Lim Woan Wen, Wong Kar Wai Dreams (The Finger Players)
Best Costume Design
Moe Kasim, Titoudao (Toy Factory Productions)
Best Supporting Actress
Joanna Dong, If There’re Seasons (The Theatre Practice)
Best Supporting Actor
Michael Corbidge, The Pillowman (Singapore Repertory Theatre)
Wendy Kweh, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Singapore Repertory Theatre)
Ramesh Meyyappan (Gin & Tonic)
Best Original Script
Haresh Sharma, Good People (The Necessary Stage) and Ovidia Yu, Hitting (On) Women (Action Theatre)
Natalie Hennedige, Nothing (Cake Theatrical Productions)
Mad Forest (Young & Wild, Wild Rice)
Production of the Year
Nothing (Cake Theatrical Productions)
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