19th CONDA Awards – 1997


Professional categories

Production: Essington Lewis: I Am Work (HVTC)

Actress: No award (too few female roles)

Actor: Vic Rooney, Essington Lewis: I Am Work

Director: Aarne Neeme, Essington Lewis: I Am Work

Technical achievement: Adam Lindberg, set design, Gary’s House (HVTC and Eureka Theatre)

Open  category

New play written for a Newcastlecompany: Louise Walpole, Babylon (Tantrum Theatre)

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Lend Me a Tenor (Newcastle Repertory)

Musical production: Jesus Christ Superstar (Novocastrian Productions)

Actress in a drama or comedy: Janet Gillam, Money and Friends (Newcastle Repertory)

Actor in a drama or comedy: Ewen Sutherland, The One Day of the Year (NDAC)

Actress in a musical: Tracy Cowan, High Society (Metropolitan)

Actor in a musical: Derek Dowding, Oliver! (Opera Hunter and YPT)

Director: Carl Caulfield, Hitler Dances (University Drama)

Technical achievement: Kristy Mansfield, choreography, 42nd Street (Metropolitan)

Newcastle City Council award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre Ross Fiddes (composer) and Paul Kavanagh (librettist) for their work-in-progress, Abelard and Heloise


* The record number of eligable shows was this year with 90 eligable shows.

* This was a year when the bicentenary celebration of the discovery of the site of Newcastle by Lieutenant John Shortland saw extra money available for theatre works.