The cast of The Rocky Horror Show, with Brendan van Rhyn as Frank-N-Furter in the centre
The new hit revival of The Rocky Horror Show scored three acting prizes at the 49th annual Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre on Sunday 16 March.
The event, as always, was a glamorous affair attended by the who’s who of the South African theatre scene. The MCs for the night were comedian Alan Committie and talk show host Africa Melane.
The onstage entertainment featured iconic performers Dorothy Masuka accompanied by guitarist Bheki Khoza, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Ubuntu B-Boys, and an ensemble of dancers in a vibrant pantsula number choreographed by the former Artistic Director of Jazzart, Jackie Manyaapelo.
Winners Brendan van Rhyn (Best Lead Actor in a Musical – Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror), Angela Killian (Best Lead Actress in a Musical – Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard) and Craig Leo (Best Set Design for Voices Made Night) did our LGBT community very proud.
Neither van Rhyn nor Leo could attend the event but the beautiful Angela Killian was able to be there. Proudly, in her acceptance speech, she thanked her “loving and supportive wife”.
In addition to van Rhyn, Rocky Horror further won the Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical or Music Theatre Show awards (Andrew Laubscher for Riff Raff and Daneel van der Walt as Magenta).
Also worth a mention is Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer’s production of Tennessee Williams’s The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore for which Jennifer Steyn won the Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play for her role as Flora “Sissy” Goforth.
The panel of judges made their decisions after having viewed 84 productions staged in several venues in and around Cape Town. Each Fleur du Cap winner received a cheque for R15,000 and a beautiful silver medallion.
The full list of winners is as follows:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
Brendon Daniels for Rooiland as Adidas
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jennifer Steyn for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore as Flora “Sissy” Goforth
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Charlton George for Rooiland as Pastoor
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Patricia Boyer for The Miser as Frosine and Master Jacques
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Brendan van Rhyn for The Rocky Horror Show as Frank-N-Furter
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Angela Kilian for Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Andrew Laubscher for The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
Daneel van der Walt for The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW
Phillip Dikotla for Skierlik as various characters
AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT
Dean John Smith [University of Stellenbosch]
Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland
BEST SET DESIGN
Craig Leo for Voices Made Night
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Sarah Roberts for The Miser
BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE
James Webb for Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (Sound Scape)
BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN
Janni Younge for Sadako
BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
Tertius Kapp for Rooiland
ROSALIE VAN DER GUCHT PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTORS
AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE
RSG Radio Kunstefees
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD