The team at JUTE Theatre are jumping for joy with news its 2016 production of Bastard Territory has been nominated in four categories to receive a coveted Matilda Award.
According to JUTE’s marketing manager, Peta Cooke, this is the first time the company has been nominated for a Matilda and to receive not one but four nominations is thrilling and testament to the quality and calibre of regional theatre.
“This is a very proud moment for Cairns and the company and we will be in attendance alongside the Queensland theatre industry’s best to recognise the tremendous effort of our cast and crew during last year’s touring season of this work in Brisbane, Ipswich and Townsville,” said Peta.
Bastard Territory is one of four nominees in Best Mainstage Production, Best New Australian Work, Ian Lawson for Best Director and Benhur Helwend for Best Male Actor.
The Matilda Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that honour and celebrate the achievements of the Queensland theatre industry. The awards will be held on Monday 20 February at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Bastard Territory is a play by Stephen Carleton that premiered in 2014 before being remounted last year for its touring season of Townsville, Brisbane and Ipswich. The play is a confessional human drama about a man – and a city – carving out an identity. It mixes wry humour, raw insight, and a dash of Tennessee Williams to be a powerful and provocative yarn.
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JUTE came into being in 1992 when three passionate theatre makers living in Cairns met and creative sparks began to fly. The three founding members of JUTE are Kathryn Ash, Suellen Maunder and Susan Prince. JUTE’s first production launched International Womens’ Day in March 1993 at the height of summer in the un-airconditioned arts centre (shed!). The work was fiery, raw and unique in the region….it was an instant success! JUTE produces plays, tells stories, tours and provides a vast and diverse range of training and development programs for emerging and established writers, actors and theatre professionals.
JUTE is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.