21st CONDA Awards – 1999


Professional categories

Production: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare et al)

Actress: Kate Sweeny, These Foolish Things (Stray Dogs)

Actor: Colin Taylor, No More the Fur Elise . . . No More the Bullied Bloom (Freewheels)

Director: Felicity Biggins, These Foolish Things

Technical achievement: Julie Squires, set design, Tailing Out . . . the performance (Workers Cultural Action Committee)

Open  category

New play written for a Newcastlecompany: John O’Donoghue, No More the Fur Elise . . . No More the Bullied Bloom 

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Two Weeks with the Queen (YPT)

Musical production: Crazy for You (Metropolitan)

Actress in a drama or comedy: Claire Fitzgerald, Suddenly Last Summer (Allegro Theatre Productions)

Actor in a drama or comedy: Chris Williams, Two Weeks with the Queen

Actress in a musical: Lauren O’Brien, Cinderella (Endac Youth Theatre)

Actor in a musical: John Dickeson, The Merry Widow (Opera Hunter)

Director: Fay Sharp, Cosi (Newcastle Repertory)

Set and costume design: Vanessa Turton, set design, Cosi

Music, lighting and sound: Daniel Kavanagh, music and lyrics, Cinderella

Newcastle City Council award for outstanding achievement in Newcastle theatre Two Weeks with the Queen – ‘Everything good theatre should be. It sent audiences from the theatre richly entertained and had them laughing and crying at the same time’


* The awards were held at ClubNova this year.

* In addition to awards for achievement in staging individual works, the CONDAs also include annual youth theatre development grants which are aimed at helping young people involved in theatre to develop their skills. The grants were introduced at the 1999 awards, the first held at ClubNova, as part of that organisation’s sponsorship.