MATILDA AWARDS REVEAL WINNERS FOR LONG-AWAITED AWARDS NIGHT
Naked & Screaming, a searing look at the dynamics of new parenthood, led the field at the prestigious 2022 Matilda Awards, announced before a packed crowd at Brisbane Powerhouse tonight.
The fast-paced, emotionally gripping work, which made its world premiere at La Boite Theatre in February 2021, took home three awards for Best Mainstage Production, Best Director for Sanja Simic and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for Emily Burton.
After a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2021, Queensland’s premier awards for performing arts returned to recognise two seasons of exceptional entertainment across 2020 and 2021.
Fittingly, the Matilda Awards honoured the indefatigable work of Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund (ABFQld) President Paul Dellit, awarding him the Gold Matilda.
Under Mr Dellit’s leadership, ABFQld spearheaded major fundraising initiatives and generated record levels of donations to support and assist performing arts professionals financially affected by the ongoing COVID crisis.
Other big winners included interactive, solo contemporary dance work Cowboy, staged at Metro Arts as part of Brisbane Festival 2020, with two awards for Anna Whitaker and Ben Ely’s Sound Design and The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work.
Independent powerhouse The Little Red Company also scored two awards for Best Musical/Cabaret and Best Lighting Design for Jason Glenwright for its 2021 smash-hit Your Song, inspired by Elton John’s iconic songbook.
MATILDA AWARDS 2022 WINNERS Best Video Design
Best Lighting Design
Anna Whitaker & Ben Ely
Best Costume Design
Best Set Design
Boy Swallows Universe
Your Song Cowboy
Of Mice and Men
Naked & Screaming
Queensland Theatre, Brisbane Festival & QPAC
The Little Red Company
Michael Smith & The Farm, Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts
Briefs Factory International Ad Astra
La Boite Theatre
Metro Arts & BC Productions Qld with e.g & Big Scary Animal
shake & stir theatre co & QPAC La Boite Theatre
QPAC & Queensland Theatre Passion Productions
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jodie Le Vesconte Anatomy of a Suicide Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Darcy Brown Animal Farm Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Burton Naked & Screaming Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jayden Popik Mouthpiece Bille Brown Award – Best Emerging Artist
Pierce Gordon Against the Wall Best Circus or Physical Theatre Work
Best Musical or Cabaret
Best Independent Production
Wilbur the Optical Whale
The Little Red Company
indelability arts, Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts
Best Mainstage Production
Naked & Screaming La Boite Theatre
The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work
Cowboy Michael Smith & The Farm Michael Smith & The Farm, Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts