11th CONDA Awards – 1989


Professional categories

Production: La Traviata (Bi-Lo, The Australian Opera, The Hunter Orchestra)

Actress: Helen Mutkins, When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout (HVTC)

Actor: Geoff Cartwright, Arms and the Man (HVTC)

Director: Stefo Nantsou, Workforce (Zeal Theatre)

Technical achievement: Brian Nickless, set design, Junk (Freewheels Theatre)

Open  category

New play written for a Newcastlecompany: Ray Kelly, Get Up and Dance (Freewheels)

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Time and Time Again (Newcastle Repertory)

Musical production: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Novocastrian Productions)

Actress (two awards): Rebecca Brandon, Magic Afternoon (University Drama) and Nola Wallace, Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Actor (two awards): Peter Ross, Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Michael Smythe, You Can’t Take It With You (Newcastle Repertory)

Director: Don McEwen, Sweeney Todd

Technical achievement: Angela Fraser and Fiona Mundie, costumes, Billy and the Garbage Monsters (Footlice Comedy Theatre, later Footlice Theatre Company)

Commonwealth Bank award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre Don McEwen, for Sweeney Todd; he persevered in trying to turn a long-held dream into reality and succeeded magnificently