25th CONDA Awards – 2003

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Professional categories

Production: Personals (Shakespeare et al)

Actress: Letitia Sutherland, In a mosh pit no one can hear you scream (Dog Day Moon Project)

Actor: David Brown, Lenny Bruce: A Retrospective (Dog Day Moon Project)

Director: Victor Emeljanow, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (NewcastleUniversitySchool of Music and Drama)

Technical achievement: Tim Neve, set design, Eating Ice Cream with Your Eyes Closed (Dog Day Moon Project and Workers Cultural Action Committee) and Grease (Rock City Event Marketing)

Open categories

Best new play for a Newcastlecompany, Rick Turk, Salamora: The Adventures of Captain P.J . (Dance and PerformingArtsAcademy – DAPA – and CCP)

Best theatre for children: Vila, the Wind (Purple Moon Theatre)

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Sylvia (Newcastle Repertory Club)

Musical production: Honk! (Young People’s Theatre – YPT)

Leading actress in a drama or comedy: Vanessa Wickman, Sylvia

Leading actor in a drama or comedy: Michael Single, Volpone (Newcastle Repertory Club)

Leading actress in a musical: Carolyn Lind, Into the Woods (Newcastle Dramatic Art Club – NDAC)

Leading actor in a musical: Rob Vidler, Fiddler on the Roof (Intimate Theatre Company)

Supporting actress: Janet Gillam, Sylvia

Supporting actor: John Shearman, Honk!

Ensemble acting: Honk!

Director: Fay Sharp, Ned Kelly (Stringybark Productions)

Music and movement: Grant Curry and Pat Charker, musical accompaniment, Three Little Pigs (YPT)

Costume design and make-up: Jason Newell and Amy Shaw, design and creation, the Grubble puppets (Footlice Theatre Company)

Set, lighting and sound design: Vanessa Turton, set design, Volpone

Newcastle City Council Award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre David Brown, for his excellent work as playwright, director, actor and theatre administrator

THE YEAR

* When the CONDAs celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2003, 71 productions were eligible.

* The 2003 City of Newcastle Drama Awards (CONDAs), held at the Civic Theatre on Friday, February 6, 2004, celebrated their silver anniversary.

* The 2003 awards ceremony also marked the return of the CONDAs to the Civic Theatre after four years of being staged at ClubNova (now Newcastle Panthers). This followed the support of Civic Theatre management in reducing the costs of the venue.