Giants garner special Helpmann
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.”
won four Helpmann awards.