2016 GLUGS Award Nominations announced: 50 years of GLUGS

Sydney theatre group ‘The GLUGS’ are celebrating their 50th year! They have also just released the nominations list for the 2016 GLUGS Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 6 February 2017 at the Castlereagh Hotel.

The GLUGS story goes like this: “In 1966 a group of theatre-lovers – critics, journalists, actors and theatre-goers – met
occasionally for lunch. Among them were famous theatre critic Norman Kessell, JCW’s PR man John Love, and ABC producer Allan Kendall. The group invited international and local theatre guests who spoke about the profession over lunch and a glass of wine.

Kate Mulvany and Gareth Davies in The Literati. Photo by Daniel Boud.

“By 1969 it was decided the group should have a name. British actor Barry Morse was in Sydney following his Broadway stint and Australian tour of Hadrian the Seventh. He was presented a gift from the group – C.J.Dennis’s tongue-in-cheek poems The Glugs of Gosh. Barry urged the group to continue luncheons as a regular event to help other overseas performers feel at home just like he did, and with a wave of his hand he ceremoniously declared ‘I hereby christen you – The Glugs’.”

The group still holds luncheons on the first Monday of every month at The
Castlereagh Hotel. New members are always welcome.

Check out the nominations below!

NOMINATIONS FOR 2016 GLUG AWARDS

NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR FEMALE
Caroline Brazier,  The Literati, Griffin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare
Marta Dusseldorp, Gloria, Griffin Theatre Company
Deborah Kennedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Sport for Jove
Kate Mulvany, The Literati, Griffin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare
Robyn Nevin, All My Sons, Sydney Theatre Company

NORMAN KESSELL MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR MALE
Andrew Henry, Look Back in Anger, Red Line Productions
John Howard, All My Sons, Sydney Theatre Company
Daniel Mitchell, Barefoot in the Park, Ensemble Theatre
Dan Spielman, The Blind Giant is Dancing, Belvoir
William Zappa, Antigone, Sport for Jove

JEFFRY JOYNTON-SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE
Ana Maria Belo, Tribes, Ensemble Theatre
Rarriwuy Hick, The Golden Age, Sydney Theatre Company
Deborah Kennedy, Fawlty Towers, Phil McIntyre, Michael Coppel & Louise Withers – Producers
Jody Kennedy, A Man with Five Children, Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Genevieve Lemon, Tribes, Ensemble Theatre

JEFFRY JOYNTON-SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE
Syd Brisbane, Fawlty Towers, Phil McIntyre, Michael Coppel &,Louise Withers – Producers
Noel Hodda, Three Sisters, Sport for Jove
Garth Holcombe, Tribes, Ensemble Theatre
Josh McConville, Arcadia, Sydney Theatre Company
Jamie Oxenbould, The Literati, Griffin Theatre Company

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN MUSIC THEATRE FEMALE
Laura Bunting, Side Show, One Eyed Man Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Kerrie Anne Greenland, Side Show, One Eyed Man Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Esther Hannaford, Little Shop of Horrors, Luckiest Prod. & Tinderbox Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Sheridan Harbridge, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hayes Theatre Company
Amy Lehpamer, The Sound of Music, John Frost, David Ian, Andrew Lloyd Webber & The Really Useful Group
Anna O’Byrne, My Fair Lady, Opera Australia & John Frost

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN MUSIC THEATRE MALE
David Campbell, Dream Lover, Gilbert Theatricals & John Frost
Brent Hill, Little Shop of Horrors, Luckiest Prod. & Tinderbox Prod. in assoc with Hayes Theatre Company
Ainsley Melham, Aladdin, Disney Productions
Michael James Scott, Aladdin, Disney Productions
Anthony Warlow, Fiddler on the Roof, Tim Lawson – Producer (for The Works Entertainment)

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN MUSIC THEATRE FEMALE
Jacqueline Dark, The Sound of Music, John Frost, David Ian, Andrew Lloyd Webber & The Really Useful Group
Sheridan Harbridge, The Detective’s Handbook, New Musicals Australia & Hayes Theatre Co.
Marney McQueen, Dream Lover, Gilbert Theatricals & John Frost
Lara Mulcahy, The Detective’s Handbook, New Musicals Australia & Hayes Theatre Co.
Robyn Nevin, My Fair Lady, Opera Australia & John Frost

COLLEEN CLIFFORD MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMER IN MUSIC THEATRE MALE
Ross Chisari, Ghost, Ambassador Theatre Group, GWB Entertainment & Red Live!
Laurence Coy, The Fantasticks, Wooden Horse Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Martin Crewes, Dream Lover, Gilbert Theatricals & John Frost
Bert LaBonte, Dream Lover, Gilbert Theatricals & John Frost
Reg Livermore, My Fair Lady, Opera Australia & John Frost

STUART WAGSTAFF MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
Julie Andrews, My Fair Lady, Opera Australia & John Frost
Jonathan Biggins, The Detective’s Handbook, New Musicals Australia & Hayes Theatre Co.
Richard Carroll, Side Show, One Eyed Man Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Lee Lewis, The Literati, Griffin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare
Kip Williams, All My Sons, Sydney Theatre Company

MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A NEWCOMER
Du Toit Bredenkamp, The Sound of Music, John Frost, David Ian, Andrew Lloyd Webber & The Really Useful Group
Alfie Gledhill, Replay, Griffin Theatre Company
Will McDonald, The Drover’s Wife, Belvoir Theatre
Ainsley Melham, Aladdin, Disney Productions
Ashleigh Taylor, Wicked, Packemin Productions

MOST OUSTANDING INDEPENDENT MUSICAL
Hidden Sydney–The Glittering Mile, Dir: Lucas Jervies, Working Management & Live Ideas – Producers
Little Shop of Horrors, Dir: Dean Bryant, Luckiest Prod. & Tinderbox Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
Side Show, Dir: Richard Carroll, One Eyed Man Prod. & in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Company
The Detective’s Handbook, Dir: Jonathan Biggins, New Musicals Australia & Hayes Theatre Co.
Violet, Dir: Mitchell Butel, Blue Saint Prod. in assoc with Hayes Theatre Co.

TAFFY DAVIES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR THE MOST OUSTANDING INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION
A Man with Five Children, Dir: Anthony Skuse, Darlinghurst Theatre Co.
Antigone, Dir: Damien Ryan, Sport for Jove
Lake Disappointment, Dir: Janice Muller, Carriageworks
Look Back in Anger, Dir: Lizzie Schebesta, Red Line Productions & Damien Ryan
My Name is Asher Lev, Dir: Moira Blumenthal, Moira Blumenthal Prod. & [email protected]

JOHN WEST MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW AUSTRALIAN PERFORMED WORK
Jack of Hearts By David Williamson
Liza’s Back! (is Broken) By Trevor Ashley & Phil Scott
The Detective’s Handbook Book & Lyrics: Ian Ferrington Music: Olga Solar
Hidden Sydney-The Glittering Mile Writers: Trevor Ashley, Ray Badran, Nikki Britton & Benito Di Fonzo
The Literati By Justin Fleming after Moliere’s Les Femmes

MOST OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN (Ages 3 – 11 years)
Cinderella, Dir: Bonnie Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe – Producer
The Big Dry, Dir: Fraser Corfield, Ensemble Theatre & Aust. Theatre for Young People
The Peasant Prince, Dir: Tim McGarry, Monkey Baa Theatre Co

MOST OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION FOR TEENAGES (Ages 12+ years)
A History of Falling Things, Dir: Nicole Buffoni, Ensemble Theatre
Spring Awakening, Dir: Mitchell Butel, Aust. Theatre for Young People
The Big Dry, Dir: Fraser Corfield, Ensemble Theatre & Aust. Theatre for Young People
The Peasant Prince, Dir: Tim McGarry, Monkey Baa Theatre Co

LEE YOUNG AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING CABARET PERFORMANCE
Trevor Ashley, Liza’s Back! (is Broken), Showqueen in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Co.
Helen Dallimore, Don’t Bother To Knock, Helen Dallimore & One Eyed Man Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Co.
Ryan Gonzalez, Hispanic Attack, One Eyed Man Prod. in assoc. with Hayes Theatre Co.
Vashti Hughes, Piccolo Tales, Piccolo Bar
Debora Krizak, Laugh be a Lady, Slide

MOST OUTSTANDING MAINSTAGE MUSICAL
Aladdin, Disney Productions
Dream Lover, Gilbert Theatricals & John Frost
Ghost, Ambassador Theatre Group, GWB Entertainment & Red Live!
My Fair Lady, Opera Australia & John Frost
Singin’ in the Rain, Lunchbox Theatrical Prod., TEG Dainty, Michael Cassel Group & David Atkins Enterprises
The Sound of Music, John Frost, David Ian, Andrew Lloyd Webber & The Really Useful Group

MICKI AND ROBERT DAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
All My Sons, Dir: Kip Williams, Sydney Theatre Company
Arcadia, Dir: Richard Cottrell, Sydney Theatre Company
Blind Giant is Dancing, Dir: Eamon Flack, Belvoir Theatre
The Good Doctor, Dir: Sandra Bates, Ensemble Theatre
The Literati, Dir: Lee Lewis, Griffin Theatre Company & Bell Shakespeare

 

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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