34th CONDA Awards – 2012


Professional categories

Production: The Pillowman, Stooged Theatre

Actor: Timothy Blundell, The Elephant Man (Adenau and 5 Minute Call Productions)

Actress: Rachelle Schmidt, Breathing Corpses (Stooged Theatre)

Director: Daniel Stoddart, Spring Awakening (Hunter Region Drama School)

Achievement in music, sound and movement: Silvia Martinez, choreography, Fiddler on the Roof (Opera Hunter)

Achievement in set, costume, make-up and lighting: Don W. McEwen, set design, The Elephant Man

Open categories

Best new play written for a Newcastle company: Water Child, Emma Wood (Newcastle Theatre Company)

Best special theatrical event: Inside the Mind of Edward Tulip, Circus Avalon

Non-professional categories

Dramatic production: Twelfth Night, Young People’s Theatre

Musical production: Oliver!, Metropolitan Players

Actor in a leading role in a drama or comedy: Matt Graham, Greek (Company Clegg)

Actress in a leading role in a drama or comedy: Anna Lambert, Twelfth Night

Actor in a leading role in a musical: Chris Maxfield, Oliver!

Actress in a leading role in a musical: Rachelle Schmidt, Into the Woods (Pantseat Productions)

Actor in a supporting role: Jack Gow, Twelfth Night

Actress in a supporting role: Lynda Rennie, Water Child

Ensemble acting: Creche and Burn, Theatre on Brunker and Blank Page Theatre

Director: Amy Hill and Leilani Smith, Twelfth Night

Achievement in music and movement: Chris Vidler, musical director, Oliver!

Achievement in costume design and make-up: Lia Bundy, costume design, Into the Woods

Achievement in set design: Charlotte De Wit, The Twits (Hunter Region Drama School)

Achievement in lighting and sound design: David Murray and David Fitzgerald, lighting design, The Women of Lockerbie (Newcastle Theatre Company)

Newcastle City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Newcastle Theatre: Carl Young, for his work as artistic director of Stooged Theatre in seeking out plays that are new, exciting, challenging and significant so that Newcastle is treated to the best of modern drama.


* A total of 66 eligible local productions were staged in the Newcastle local government area in the 2012 CONDA year – November 1, 2011, to October 31, 2012. Forty-two of the shows won nominations in 22 professional and non-professional categories, with 19 theatre groups represented. The total number of nominations was 148, just short of the record 155 of the previous year.