22 December 2012

What I loved 2012: the best of Melbourne theatre

Now that 33 of Melbourne's creators have shared their favourite moments, shows and artists of 2012, it's time for the annual What I Loved awards.

It was a tough choice this year, especially in writing and performance. The short lists were far too long to publish and many wonderful moments didn't make the finals.  But it comes down to my strict criteria: How much did I love it?

With a few exceptions, most of the Loves have already been raved about by the 32 other creators. I smiled a lot every time one was mentioned. It's pretty great to know that these artists really are reaching the hearts of their audiences and sharing something memorable.

The Loves still don't have a statuette or show bag for the nominees, but maybe one day... (In the meantime, if anyone wants to design a certificate, I'm sure the winners would print it and put it on their fridge until it disappears under takeaway menus.)

You can also see these on AussieTheatre.com with a different discussion.

Outstanding Artists 2012

WRITING

Louris Van De Geer: TuesdayMKA
and
Robert Reid: On the production of monstersMelbourne Theatre Company
and 
Zoey Dawson: The unspoken word is "Joe"MKA, La Mama


The unspoken word is 'Joe'. Photo by Sarah Walker.

DESIGN

Eugyeene Teh: Tuesday, MKA; sex.violence.blood.gore, MKA; Triangle, MKA; 
The unspoken word is "Joe", MKA
and
Anna Tregloan and Paul Jackson: Wild SurmiseMalthouse Theatre


sex.violence.blood.gore Photo by Sarah Walker

PERFORMANCE

Dana Miltins: OrlandoThe Rabble, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival
(and Golden Dragon, MTC)

Special mention
Nilaja Sun: No ChildTheatre Works, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival
and
Brigid Gallacher: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of  Romeo and Juliet


Dana Miltins in Orlando. Photo by Sarah Walker

DIRECTION

Suzanne Chaundy: Beyond the Neck: A Quartet on Loss and Violence, Red Stitch
and 
Stephen Nicolazzo: sex.violence.blood.gore, MKA


Beyond the Neck: A Quartet on Loss and Violence

EVERYTHING THEY DO ROCKS

Daniel Clarke
The Creative Producer of Theatre Works (to be shared with everyone at Theatre Works) for making Theatre Works a venue that we want to go to, for creating a community of artistic experimentation and discussion, and for increasing audiences by an amazing 71%. I missed too many shows at Theatre Works this year, but that'll change in 2013.

Produced/Co-Produced by Theatre Works
No Child
Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert
This is a door
Hello, my name is
The Year of Magical Wanking
Negative Energy
Mother/Son

Dan also directed Golden Dragon, Melbourne Theatre Company

and

Declan Greene
Summertime in the Garden of Eden, Sisters Grimm
The unspoken word is "Joe", MKA, La Mama
Pompeii L.A.,Malthouse Theatre


Pompeii L.A. Photo by Pia Johnson

Outstanding Productions 2012


CABARET

Candy B, Australian Booty: The Fatty-Boom-Boom Remix


Candy B

COMMERCIAL SHOW

Summer of the Seventeenth DollMTC presents the Belvoir production

MUSICAL

Margaret Fulton: Queen of the DessertPresent Tense,Theatre Works

Special mention
Contact!, Arts Centre Melbourne

COMEDY

ZombatlandArts House, The Suitcase Royale

Special mention
The Goodbye GuyJustin Hamilton

Zombatland
MUSIC
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Melbourne Recital Centre

Bang on a Can All-stars

DANCE

Weather, Lucy Guerin Inc, Melbourne Festival

CIRCUS

From the ground up, Circus Oz

BEST OF THE BEST

The Wild DuckMalthouse presents a Belvoir production

Summertime in the Garden of EdenSisters Grimm


Summertime in the Garden of Eden

LipsynchArts Centre Melbourne, Ex Machnia, Théâtre Sans Frontières

Choir GirlSarah Collins, Celeste Cody and the choir

MY FAVOURITE SHOW OF 2012

100% MelbourneRimini Protokoll & The City of Melbourne




My favourite moments are here, which are different from my favourite shows and artists.

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