WA stars on song

The West Australian - - NEWS - ANNELIES GARTNER

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.

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