2013 Helpmann Awards
The annual awards for live entertainment
The 13th Annual Helpmann Awards were presented on Monday night, live in Sydney at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
The Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across the major disciplines of Australia's live performance industry. In total 43 awards were presented this evening by some of Australia’s most celebrated talent. A full listing can be found here.
Congradulations to the plays and playwrights nominated in this year's suite of awards, in particular to Andrew Bovell whose adaptation of Kate Grenville's The Secret River was named Best New Australian Work. The Sydney Theatre Company (and it's co-presenters) also received a nod for its production of The Secret River, which was awared Best Play. Making it a clean sweep, Neil Armfield was acknowledged for his work on this production, receiving the award for Best Direction of a Play.
Other Australian directors and playwrights acknowledged for their achievements include Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks' Medea, which was nominated for Best New Australian Work. Anne-Louise was also received a nomination for Best Direction of a Play for her work on this Belvoir and ATYP production, alongside Rosemary Myers, who was nominated for her direction of Windmill Theatre's School Dance by Matthew Whittet - who was also nominated for Best New Australian Work.