The winners of the 15th annual Naledi Theatre Awards were announced on the Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre on 20 May 2019. The biggest winner of the night was the musical The Color Purple, which collected seven awards, followed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which received three awards, and the new South African play Shoes and Coups and the children's theatre piece Goggas, which both garnered two awards.
The 2019 Naledi judges saw nearly 100 productions during 2018. After which they voted for their respective favourites; the votes for productions are done in secret and the results are audited.
The Color Purple
Complete list of the winners of the 15th Annual Naledi Theatre Awards:
Best supporting actress Heidi Mollentze as Rona in The Revlon Girl
Best supporting actor Sipho Zakwe in Shoes & Coups
Best production for children and young audiences (Aged 0 – 13) Goggas! Prod. by National Children's Theatre, written by Gillian Katz adapted by Francois Theron, dir. by Jade Bowers Best production for children and young audiences (Aged 14 – 17) polkadots Prod. by Redhill School in partnership with &CO, dir. by Shelley Adriaanzen
Best performance in a production for young audiences Jaques De Silva as Antic the Ant in Goggas!
Best breakthrough performance Ryan de Villiers as Miss Trunchbull in Roald Dahl's Matilda
Best costume design Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer – Macbeth
Best lighting design Gareth Hewitt Williams – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Best director of a musical /revue Janice Honeyman – The Color Purple
Best director of a play Charmaine Weir-Smith – The Train Driver
Best supporting/featured performance in a musical/revue: female Lelo Ramasimong as Shug Avery – The Color Purple
Best supporting/featured performance in a musical/revue: male Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri as Harpo in The Color Purple
Best lead performance in a musical (female) Didintle Khunou as Celie in The Color Purple
Best lead performance in a musical (male) Paul du Toit as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best lead performance in a play (female) Zikhona Sodlaka as Queenie in Nongogo Best lead performance in a play (male) Kai Luke Brummer as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Best performance in a solo production: female/male Daniel Mpilo Richards – Land Acts Best new SA script Shoes & Coups – Prod. by The Market Theatre Written and dir. by Palesa Mazamisa
Best production of a play Tshepang: The Third Testament – Prod. by Joburg Theatre, written and dir. by Lara Foot
Best production of a musical The Color Purple – Prod. by Joburg Theatre and Bernard Jay, dir. by Janice Honeyman
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