2020 Green Room Awards

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Our 2020 Green Room Awards Nominations

The Green Room Awards are Performing Arts Industry Awards that acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the many, diverse artists and technicians who work on stage, backstage, in the grid and in the pit. Each year they recognise outstanding achievements in production from Cabaret, Contemporary & Experimental Performance, Dance, Independent Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera and Theatre Companies. This year Malthouse Theatre is thrilled to be nominated for six awards. Our nominees include:

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Outstanding Performer – Natasha Herbert, Cloudstreet
(Malthouse Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Company)

In Matthew Lutton's adaptation of Tim Winton's story, Natasha embodies the troubled matriarch Dolly Pickles, mother of Rose and wife to Sam.

Previous work with Malthouse Theatre includes: Away (with STC), On the Misconception of Oedipus, Happiness, Kitten, Speaking in Tongues, Rapture, Still Angela, Black Sequin Dress, Honour, Love Child, and Wolf. Television includes Neighbours, The Time of Our Lives, Doctor Blake Mysteries, City Homicide, MDA and Stingers. Natasha was awarded the 2001 Green Room Award for Best Fringe Actress (Portrait of Dora) and 2015 and 2013 Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble (I Heart John McEnroe and On the Misconception of Oedipus).

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Best Performer – Zahra Newman, Wake in Fright

The bleak world of Wake in Fright is conjured in a one-person show by the always-evocative Zahra Newman

Previous work with Malthouse Theatre includes: Love and Information (and STC) and The Government Inspector (and Belvoir). Other select stage credits include, for Melbourne Theatre Company: Miss Julie, The Effect, The Mountaintop, The Cherry Orchard, Menagerie, Clybourne Park, Random, The Drowsy Chaperone, Richard III and Rockabye; for Sydney Theatre Company: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; for Belvoir: Random, The Blind Giant is Dancing, Ivanov and Private Lives; for Bell Shakespeare: As You Like It; for GFO An Officer and A Gentleman and The Book of Mormon, for which Zahra was nominated as Best Actress in a Musical at the Helpmann Awards.

Film credits include I Met A Girl and Truth. Television credits include Sisters (Network Ten), Wentworth (Foxtel), Childhood’s End (SyFy), Rush (Network Ten) and the forthcoming Diary of an Uber Driver (ABC)

Outstanding Performer – Marlo Benjamin, Skeleton Tree
(Stephanie Lake Company in association with Malthouse Theatre)

Marlo Benjamin is an Australian based contemporary dancer. Born and raised in Sydney, she began her professional career at the age of 13 performing with Force Majeure, touring both nationally and internationally. In 2014, Marlo began her first year of study at the Victorian College of the Arts, and continued her training at Sydney Dance Companys Pre Professional Year. Since graduating in 2015, Marlo has had the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally with a variety of major companies and renowned independent choreographers, some of which include: Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, Dancenorth, Stephanie Lake Company, Force Majeure, Sydney Theatre Company, Martin Del Amo, Gideon Obarzanek, Kynan Hughes, Sara Black, Sydney Dance Company, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Marlo was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the 2018 Green Room Awards for her performance in Chunky Moves AntiGravity.

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Best Ensemble – The Temple

The Temple was co-created by Pan Pan Theatre’s critically acclaimed director Gavin Quinn and is the first collaboration with Malthouse Theatre.
Bringing together the comedic talents of artists Genevieve Giuffre (Summertime in the Garden of Eden), Ash Flanders (Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death), Mish Grigor (Ich Nibber Dibber), Aljin Abella and Marcus McKenzie, The Temple is a wry and comedic take on a weekend getaway gone wrong where five misfits enrol in a short course on How to Be Human.
Written collectively by the ensemble and Quinn, The Temple uses Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as a springboard into false identities, as the residents compete to create the funniest group session of gags, traumas, banter and tantrums. The production combines a uniquely Australian brand of comedy with Quinn’s unorthodox theatre-making. This uninhibited performance liberates the boundaries of theatre in an unforgettable evening of laughter and self-discovery.

Presented by Pan Pan and Malthouse Theatre. Developed with the assistance of the Sidney Myer Fund, Arts Council Ireland and Culture Ireland.

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Best Lighting Design – Verity Hampson, Wake in Fright

Verity Hampson is an award-winning lighting and projection designer. Since graduating from NIDA, she has designed over 120 productions, working with many of Australia’s leading directors and choreographers. A collection of her Malthouse Theatre designs include: Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, Angela’s Kitchen. Further afield designs include: Winyanboga Yurringa, An Enemy of the People, Sami in Paradise, Faith Healer, The Drover’s WifeRuby’s Wish, The Blind Giant is Dancing, Ivanov (Belvoir), Blackie Blackie Brown,Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, Machinal, Little Mercy (Sydney Theatre Company), Death of a Salesman (Queensland Theatre), One the Bear, Blackrock (La Boite), Julius Caesar, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Literati (Bell Shakespeare), The Bleeding Tree, The Boys, The Floating World (Griffin), Fly Away Peter (Sydney Chamber Opera), Orpheus and Eurydice (Spectrum Now Festival), New Breed, Woof (Sydney Dance Company). Awards include a Mike Walsh Fellowship, a Green Room Award and three Sydney Theatre Awards. 

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Best Music Composition & Sound
friendships (Composition) and James Paul (Sound) – Wake in Fright

friendships was created with intention to disrupt. Nic (sound artist) and Misha (visual artist) came together in 2013 to combine their respective mediums and construct a world of their own. An onslaught of audio and visual stimuli, friendships demands your attention and keeps it 'we observe, absorb, pull apart then rebuild'. Drawing on themes of dystopian Australiana, friendships released the audio/visual concept album, Nullarbor 1988-1989 in September 2016 via Remote Control Records. The release received Album of the Week from Triple R, PBS, 4ZZZ, FBI Click & Edge Radio. In 2017, Nullarbor 1988-1989 received an AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) award for Best Electronic/Dance Album of the year.

James is a composer; multimedia artist; sound, video, system and automation designer. James' work is research oriented, exploring perception; semiotics; cognition; and multimodal experience. Selected Malthouse theatre shows include Australian Realness and Little Emperors. Recent works include They Divided the Sky (Daniel Schlusser Ensemble), Number of the Machine (Antony Hamilton Projects), The Collected Works of Victor Bergman (The Family), Conviction (Zoey Louise Moonbeam Dawson Shakespeare Co.), and blue|red2: VIMS\SIMS (ScienceWorks).



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