Giants garner spe­cial Help­mann

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

PERTH In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val left last week’s Help­mann Awards with an im­pres­sive to­tal of nine gongs.

Perth’s Todd McKen­ney hosted the evening at Syd­ney’s Capi­tol Theatre that cel­e­brates Aus­tralia’s live per­for­mance in­dus­try.

The Rab­bits, by Opera Aus­tralia and Bark­ing Gecko Theatre Com­pany in as­so­ci­a­tion with WA Opera, won all four awards it was nom­i­nated for, in­clud­ing Best Cos­tume De­sign, Best Orig­i­nal Score, Best Pre­sen­ta­tion for Chil­dren and Best New Aus­tralian Work.

French pro­duc­ers Royal de Luxe took home the Help­mann for Best Spe­cial Event for The In­cred­i­ble and Phe­nom­e­nal Jour­ney of the Giants to the Streets of Perth, which at­tracted 1.4 mil­lion at­ten­dances.

Other awards in­cluded Best Vis­ual and/or Phys­i­cal Theatre Pro­duc­tion for The Pa­per Ar­chi­tect and Best Aus­tralian Con­tem­po­rary Con­cert for Chet Faker’s na­tional tour.

PIAF artis­tic di­rec­tor Wendy Martin con­grat­u­lated all win­ners and her pre­de­ces­sor Jonathan Hol­loway for de­liv­er­ing the award-win­ning 2015 pro­gram.

“The peo­ple of Perth will never for­get the open­ing of the 2015 Fes­ti­val with The Giants and The Rab­bits steal­ing ev­ery­one’s hearts,” she said.

“These awards recog­nise the tal­ent and hard work of all our artists and per­form­ers and I con­grat­u­late them all for their unique and re­mark­able con­tri­bu­tion to the 2015 PIAF.”

The Rab­bits

won four Help­mann awards.

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