WA stars on song
WA is wild at art, according to this year’s Helpmann Award nominations.
The awards recognise excellence in the live performance industry and there was a strong showing from WA in the nominations last night.
Geraldton-raised actor Kate Mulvany has two Helpmann Awards and soon could double that tally. She was recognised in the category of best female actor in a play for her role in Every Brilliant Thing.
Mulvany, 41, pictured, is also a nominee for best new Australian work for her stage adaptation of Ruth
Park’s Harp in the South, but faces competition from Perth production Le Nor (The Rain) by The Last Great Hunt. Le Nor was one of four shows presented as part of Perth Festival to be nominated.
Others were Speechless, Christine and the Queens and The Magic Flute, which picked up six nominations.
WA Ballet’s Dracula, Kelton Pell’s performance in Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, and WASO’s concert Tristan und Isolde were also recognised.
Comedian Cassie Workman, musical theatre star Tim Minchin and Alexander Lewis and Pippa Grandison are other WA nominees. Winners will be announced on July 14 and 15.