The winners of the 56th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards have been announced and the organisers are upbeat and optimistic about the future of local theatre and its relevance in society despite the crippling impact of Covid-19, which brought local theatre to a virtual standstill.
The awards celebrate and honour mentorship, innovation, upcoming talent and efforts made to support theatre people in need in four categories - Lifetime Achievement, Innovation in Approach to Theatre, Support to the Industry and for Best Student of the Year.
Honouring innovation and new talent
Veteran director, actress and writer, Janice Honeyman, a multiple Fleur du Cap Awards winner, has earned the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive contribution to South African theatre. Honeyman works across a wide spectrum of genres from classical to popular theatre, pantomime, musicals, opera and operetta for adults and children.
The Royal Arts Town Amphitheatre in the Riebeek Valley in the Western Cape was awarded the Innovation in Theatre Award. The cultural hub, vital to the towns of Riebeek West and Riebeek-Kasteel, had been kept alive during lockdown by the region’s many creative figures.
The Encore Award was won by the Theatre Benevolent Fund, established in 1964 to provide support and to maintain the dignity of showbiz professionals. The judges also awarded the Most Promising Students of the Year to Liné Koen of LAMTA (Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy) and Tebatso Denilson Molapo of the Centre for Theatre Dance and Performance Studies.
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Distell’s HR and corporate affairs director, André Opperman, congratulated all artists whom he said had worked tirelessly and in difficult circumstances to deliver outstanding performances.
“We are proud to have been supporting the arts for close on six decades. We see our investment in the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards as an investment in South Africa’s future given the importance of theatre and art in general, in promoting social discourse, dialogue and social change,” Opperman said. Click here
to view the 2021 awards announcement video.