28 July 2017
Congratulations to all the Victoria winners at the 2017 Helpmann Awards, which were announced earlier this week.
The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia's live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, cabaret, regional touring, presentations for children, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre.
This year, Hannah Gadsy won Best Comedy Performer for her critically acclaimed role Nanette, which she wrote and presented at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and at other festival nationally.
Nick Cave, Victoria’s favourite prodigal son, won Best Australian Contemporary Concert for his 2017 Australian tour.
Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production went to local luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek for Attractor. Lucy Guerin Inc also won the Best Dance Production Award for Attractor, shared with Melbourne Arts Centre, Asia TOPA.
Iain Grandage and Rahayu Supanggah won Best Original Score for Satan Jawa, which was also presented as part of Asia TOPA at Melbourne Arts Centre, in collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Victorian Anna Cordingley won Best Scenic Design for her work on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Jasper Jones, while Guy Simon won Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for his work in the production.Anna O’Byrne won Best Female Actor in a Musical for her stellar turn in My Fair Lady.
Melbourne-born theatre star Barry Kosky won Best Direction of an Opera for the opera Saul, which earned the Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera award for Victorian Kanen Breen.