Secret River tops the Helpmann list
IT swept through the critics’ hearts and now The Secret River has flooded this year’s Helpmann Awards nominations. The Sydney Theatre Company stage adaptation of the Kate Grenville novel – which tells of the clash between two families and the possibility of a different history for Australia – dominates theatre nominations with 11 nods, including for lighting, sound, design, best play, best director (Neil Armfield) and best actor (Nathaniel Dean). The stage production of King Kong, which has just opened in Melbourne, will receive a special additional award this year for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement. Actors Russell Dykstra ( The Addams Family) and Chris Ryan ( King Kong) will go head-to-head for best male actor in a supporting role, as will Chloe Dallimore ( The Addams Family) and Esther Hannaford ( King Kong) for the best female actor gongs. There are also nods for Legally Blonde The Musical in the best musical and choreography categories, while lead Lucy Durack is nominated for best female actor.
The Helpmann Awards are announced at the Sydney Opera House on July 29 and broadcast live on Foxtel’s Arena channel.