26th CONDA Awards – 2004

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Professional categories

Production: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare et al)

Actress: Kerry O’Hearn, Aunts With Hot Flushes (Shakespeare et al)

Actor: Greg McLeod, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Hunter)

Director: LachlanPhilpott and Anthony Svensk, The Possibilities (Tantrum Theatre)

Technical achievement: David Grinstead, lighting design, Les Miserables (NDAC)

Open category

No award was given for new play written for aNewcastlecompany

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Under Milk Wood (Newcastle Repertory)

Musical production: Les Miserables

Leading actress in a drama or comedy: Kate Lofting, Svetlana in Slingbacks (Conservatorium Drama; performance wing of Newcastle University School of Music and Drama)

Leading actor in a drama or comedy: Lindsay Carr, There Goes the Bride (DAPA)

Leading actress in a musical: Wendy Ratcliffe, Les Miserables

Leading actor in a musical: Derek Dowding, Les Miserables

Supporting actress: Alicia Botham, Les Miserables, and Kathryn Dries, The Marriage of Figaro (tie)

Supporting actor: Stephen Peacocke, A Property of the Clan (Conservatorium Drama)

Ensemble acting: The Secret Garden (The Sound Construction Company)

Director: Dan Flanagan, The Secret Garden

Music and movement: Katrina Pring, composer, The Impossible Body (Conservatorium Drama), and The Contemporary Music Group, conductor Gordon Hamilton, The Impossible Body (jointly)

Costume design and make-up: Jill Fiddes, costume design, The Secret Garden

Set, lighting and sound design: Melissa Hankinson, Dan Flanagan, Peter Chegwidden and Caroline Hale, stage design, The Secret Garden

Newcastle City Council Award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre Dan Flanagan, for his tireless and high quality work in all aspects of theatre, from director, set and sound designer to backstage roustabout.

THE YEAR

* As well as being the silver anniversary year, 2003 saw important changes in the management of the awards that were aimed at ensuring their continuation. Since Newcastle City Council pulled out of a management role in the CONDAs in the 1980s, they had been organised by the critics on the judging panel. At the critics’ instigation, a series of public meetings between April and June, 2003, resulted in the establishment of a CONDA Organising Committee drawn from theatre groups and community members. Initially operating under the auspices of Performing Arts Newcastle, it subsequently became CONDA Inc, a non-profit incorporated body, in December, 2004.