• arts & culture

22 March 2016

The 33rd Green Room Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in the Melbourne performing arts sector, were held last night at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.

The Malthouse production I Am a Miracle won five awards in the 'Theatre Companies' category. In addition to winning Best Production, it took out Best Writing for the Australian Stage (Declan Greene), Best Female Actor (Melita Jurisic), Best Set and Costume Design (Marg Horwell and Paul Jackson), and Best Sound Design and Composition (David Chisholm and Marco Cher-Gibard).

The theatre production SHIT was also the recipient of multiple awards, receiving four honours in the 'Independent Theatre' category: Best Production, Best Writing (Patricia Cornelius), Best Set and Costume (Marg Horwell), and Best Ensemble.

In 'Music Theatre', Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom received four awards, including Best Production and Best Set and/or Costume Design (Catherine Martin). And in the 'Cabaret' category, boylesque troupe Briefs won two awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the late Malcolm Robertson, for his contribution to Melbourne's theatre community, and the Technical Achievement Award went to Circus Oz seamstress, Laurel Frank. The Australian Youth Orchestra was also acknowledged with a Special Award for Orchestral Excellence.

The Green Room Awards began in 1982 and are Melbourne's premier peer-presented, performing arts industry awards.

Visit the website for the full list of winners