May 2009

Dear all,

Another wonderful night of Crash Test Drama Sydney on Monday night and thanks to all the wonderful directors and actors who contributed to a fantastic night of theatre!

We got the balance of roles and actors auditioning perfectly right with the number of roles available matching exactly the number of actors who turned up. So everybody who turned up was cast!

In an unusually big night of Crash Test Drama Sydney we had twelve plays read (there are just so many good plays out there!) and the standard of writing (especially) on the night was extremely high, with our judge Allan Walpole finding it very difficult to pick a winner.

Now, to our winners.

Crash Test Drama Sydney – May 2009 Winners

Judges’ Choices

(Thanks to Allan Walpole assisted by Jackie Greenland)

Best Play (Qualifies for July Final of Crash Test Drama Sydney)

Brian, I don’t love you anymore by Matt Orchard

Directed by Liam Burgess, Performed by Mikaela Franco and Stephen Davies.

Best Actress ($50)

Kate Buchanan for Recession

Best Actress Runner Up ($25)

Mikaela Franco for Brian, I don’t love you anymore

Best Actor ($50)

Jack Yabsley for Remorse Code

Best Actor Runner Up ($25)

Aaron Nilan for The secret to making the perfect lasagna

People’s Choice

Best Play ($390 and qualifies for July Final of Crash Test Drama Sydney)

Remorse Code by Graham Yates

Directed by Craig Delahoy, Performed by Celia Kelly, Belinda Kirwan and Jack Yabsley.

Best Play Runner Up ($195)

Hope Chest by David McAmis

Directed by Stephen Carnell, Performed by Matt Thomson and Tania Powell.

3rd place (Special Mention)

Recession by Uma Kali Shakti

Directed by Con Nats, performed by Richard Mason and Kate Buchanan

Playwright’s Encouragement Prize ($25)

Frank Davidson for his moving and poetic play A Marriage Made in Heaven, directed with great clarity by Peter Greenaway and beautifully performed by Gerry Sont and Suz Mawer.

Congratulations to Remorse Code (People’s Choice) and Brian, I don’t love you anymore (Judge’s Choice) that will now go through to our first final of Crash Test Drama Sydney 2009 in July.

Thanks again to all our writers, directors and actors and congratulations again on another wonderful edition of Crash Test Drama Sydney. See you next month.