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Monday, 31 October 2016
The Auckland Theatre Awards announce their 8th Annual ceremony
The Auckland Theatre Awards are coming back for another huge show to celebrate 2016! It's one of the best and biggest
nights of the year, filled with enough laughs to fill an entire Pop-Up Globe for a huge extended season.
Our beloved host Kura Forrester returns for a second time, bringing in what will be an incredible assortment of cameos
from the thriving theatre community! Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers city-wide
with our Excellence, Best Newcomers, Lifetime achievement and People's Choice awards. Who knows, YOU could be a winner!
The Auckland Theatre Awards are 100% funded by the community, for the community and would not be possible without the
generous support of our key-presenting partners; Auckland Live, Entertainment Accounting Services Ltd, The Basement
Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Q Theatre and the Auckland Arts Festival.
Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide. Topping the honours will be the
illustrious Excellence Awards presented by Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Having been chosen by a panel of industry
professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups. The returning
‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Best Newcomer Awards’, and ‘Most Original Production’ will also be presented within this
section of the evening. This year we have also received generous support from SWPR Ltd, who will be sponsoring the “SWPR
Best Newcomer Awards” to be announced in advance of the awards ceremony.
Staying true to form, the Auckland Theatre Awards will continue to present the Peoples Choice Awards - with “Best Pash”,
“Best ensemble” and “Best Poster” being some of the hotly contested accolades. All practitioners and audience members
are invited to vote via the Auckland Theatre Awards Facebook page from the Thursday 17th November.
The People’s Choice Award section is supported by; Mangere Arts Centre, TAPAC, Auckland Actors, Elephant Publicity, Gail
Cowan Management, Equity NZ, The Actors Program, Playmarket NZ, APRA, Sharu Loves Hats, Johnson Laird Management,
Tour-Makers, Action Actors, Inside Out Productions, Strand Selecon Lighting (A division of Philips NZ Ltd.) and The
Pantograph Punch. We are also supported by Abe’s Bagels and Delmaine Fine Foods for nibbles for our guests.
And finally, the Service Honours are back again this year! Practitioners who have reached milestone achievements by
participating in 25, 50 or 100 professional shows are eligible to receive the honours on the night. Much like the rugby
capping ceremony the awards intend to celebrate commitment and longevity.
You won't want to miss one of the biggest nights on the Auckland theatre calendar, so book now and come dressed to the
theme of “Shakespeare with a Twist”. The Tempest in Space? Robot Romeo? Hamlet wearing literal ham? Anything's possible as long as you don't mind making the Old Bard turn in his grave!
Auckland Theatre Awards 2015
Monday 5th December
The Wintergarden, The Civic
Red carpet from 6.30pm for a 7:30pm start
Theme: ‘Shakespeare with a twist’ or Formal.
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