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Tasmanian theatre’s night of nights

MORE than 300 actors, performers, sponsors and special guests packed the Tasman Room at Wrest Point in late February for the fifth annual Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

Managed by the Theatre Council of Tasmania, the awards – affectionately known as “The Errols” in homage to Tassie-born Hollywood star Errol Flynn – celebrate the theatre industry and recognise excellence in performance.

This year, 26 companies and 95 individuals were nominated for awards in three major categories: Professional Theatre, Community Theatre and Community Musical Theatre.

As special guest presenters at the awards ceremony, Minister for the Arts Elise Archer joined this year’s awards patrons, Australian actress Robyn Nevin AM and her partner, actor and writer Nicholas Hammond.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in the awards, which recognised more than 40 outstanding individuals and organisations across the state and I congratulate all the winners and nominees,” Ms Archer said.

“The Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recoginse the depth of our home-grown talent and the fantastic contribution our artists make.”

Robyn Nevin, whose career spans almost 60 years in theatre, film and television, said she felt a strong connection to Tasmania, having started her life on stage at the Theatre Royal in Snow White as a child.

“For Tasmania to be able to tell its own stories is really exciting, because it’s a state like no other in the world and it’s very important that its voice is heard,” she said.

Ms Archer said the Tasmanian Government recognised the valuable contribution performing arts made to Tasmania’s thriving cultural and creative industries.

“This is why we have committed $400,000 over two years to support the sector through the new Tasmanian Theatre Fund, which builds upon our existing investment in theatre,” she said.

Caption: From left, Australian actress Robyn Nevin, actor and writer Nicholas Hammond and Minister for the Arts Elise Archer.

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