Singapore, 29 March 2010 - The brightest talents of the Singapore theatre scene were celebrated at the Life! Theatre Awards at a luncheon ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel this afternoon.
Now in its 10th year and organised by the Life! section of The Straits Times, the event was attended by 80 award nominees and the heads of theatre companies.
F&N Seasons, the range of Asian drinks and fruit teas under the food and beverage company F&N, is a sponsor this year.
The Awards was started in 2001 to recognise the efforts and talents of the local theatre community for productions staged in the year before. Awards in 13 categories were given out.
This year, it was a three-cornered fight among three productions which garnered five nominations each. They were Toy Factory Productions' The Crab Flower Club, a luminous play about five women set in the Qing Dynasty; Wild Rice's The Importance Of Being Earnest, an interpretation of the Oscar Wilde play with an all-male cast and The Finger Players' Poop, a tragedy about a death in the family. The Importance of Being Being Earnest won the Production of the Year award.
Theatre veterans figured prominently in the acting categories. Nominees included Adrian Pang, who was nominated for Best Actor for his comedic role as Benedick in Singapore Repertory Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing, Tan Kheng Hua for her role as a long-suffering wife of a wealthy businessman in 1950s Singapore in Wife #11, and Neo Swee Lin, who was up for Best Supporting Actress in Nadirah for playing a Peranakan woman who converted to Islam. Both Adrian Pang and Neo Swee Lin won the awards for their respective categories.
Two fresh faces were on the nominations list for Best Script and Best Director. First-time playwright Cheow Boon Seng made it to the Best Script shortlist for his original Mandarin play, Bondage, a layered work about a man who is a policeman by day and medium by night; and performer Fared Jainal was nominated for Best Director for his directorial debut in The Comedy Of The Tragic Goats, a kinetic play about two prisoners in which not one word is uttered. While Fared Jainal clinched the Best Director, the Best Script was awarded to Alfian Sa'at for his play, Nadirah.
The judges for the awards this year were theatre academic Dr K.K. Seet, The Flying Inkpot editor Kenneth Kwok, head of acting at the Lasalle College of the Arts Edith Podesta, Lianhe Zaobao arts writer Chew Boon Leong, former Life! arts journalist Tara Tan and Life! arts correspondent Adeline Chia.
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