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2010 Groundling Awards: and the nominees are …

by Kate Foy on 7 February, 2011

Sorry if you’re trying to vote for the Groundlings in this last 24 hours or so of voting, but we were inundated by a spam-horde of identical votes from the same IP address on Saturday evening. Greenroom got hit by ballot crashing – people not playing nicely at all – so, in order to keep things fair, we closed voting at this point. Stay tuned for the results on Monday.

Outstanding Contribution by an Actor

  • Julia Billington in My Name Is Rachel Corrie (La Boite Indie)
  • Jason Klarwein in Thom Pain (Queensland Theatre Company)
  • Lucas Stibbard in Boy Girl Wall (The Escapists for !Metro Arts Independents)

Outstanding Contribution by a Director

  • Michael Futcher for Grimm Tales (Queensland Theatre Company)
  • Steven Mitchell Wright for In God We Trust (Queensland Academy of Creative Industries)
  • Tim O’Connor for Jesus Christ Superstar (Harvest Rain Theatre Company)

Outstanding Contribution to Set Design

  • Greg Clarke (Grimm Tales for Queensland Theatre Company)
  • Lucas Stibbard and The Escapists (Boy Girl Wall for !Metro Arts Independents)
  • Josh McIntosh (Jesus Christ Superstar for Harvest Rain Theatre Company)

Outstanding Contribution to Costume Design

  • Greg Clarke (Grimm Tales for Queensland Theatre Company)
  • Noni Harrison (The Timely Death of Victor Blott for Dead Puppet Society & !Metro Arts Independents)
  • Josh McIntosh (The Secret Story of Cinderella and her Fabulously Fashionable Footwear for Harvest Rain Theatre Company)

Outstanding Contribution to Lighting Design

  • Jason Glenwright (Jesus Christ Superstar for Harvest Rain Theatre Company)
  • Ben Hughes (Furious Angels for !Metro Arts Independents)
  • David Walters – body of work in 2010 including Grimm Tales and Hamlet

Outstanding Contribution to Sound Design

  • Tony Brumpton (The Timely Death of Victor Blott for Dead Puppet Society & !Metro Arts Independents)
  • Phil Slade (Grimm Tales for Queensland Theatre Company)
  • Steve Toulmin (Hamlet for La Boite Theatre Company)

Best New Play in an Inaugural Queensland Season *

  • Boy Girl Wall by Lucas Stibbard and Matt Ryan
  • In God We Trust by Chris Beckey
  • The Bitterling by Sven Swenson

Best Production by a Queensland Independent or Subsidised Company

  • Boy Girl Wall: The Escapists and !Metro Arts Independents
  • Grimm Tales: Queensland Theatre Company
  • Jesus Christ Superstar: Harvest Rain Theatre Company
  • The Secret Love Life of Ophelia: Fractal Theatre

Best Co-Production

  • The Clean House (Queensland Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company)
  • King Lear (Queensland Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare)
  • !Metro Arts with all of their independent company production partners throughout 2010

Best Community Outreach Program by any Company or Group

  • ACE (Arts in Community Enhancement) Project at Borallon Correctional Centre: Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble
  • Empire Theatre Projects Company’s production and school workshops:  April’s Fool
  • 2high Festival: Backbone Youth Arts

Best Use of Social Media by any theatre or group

  • Harvest Rain Theatre Company for its integration of social media in marketing (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, website, e-letters)
  • La Boite Theatre Company for its integration of social media in marketing (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, website, e-letters)
  • I Love You Bro: La Boite Theatre Company for its innovative use of social media in marketing and audience engagement (vlogs; Twitter)

Outstanding Contribution to the Independent Theatre Sector

  • !Metro Arts for their continuing, tireless support for independent production of new work, and for providing professional development opportunities for developing talent
  • Harvest Rain Theatre Company for their continued contribution to musical theatre development and performance in Brisbane
  • Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts for their Talking Shop and Fresh Ground programs

* Boy Girl Wall was due to have had its inaugural season in 2009 but this was cancelled after two performances due to ill health. The completed 2010 production is considered to be the work’s inaugural Queensland season.

How We Did It

Thanks to all who nominated their favourite artists and creatives, productions and programs from 2010. The Groundlings are a people’s choice award and many joined in to help Greenroom launch the inaugural event.

Sorting through the database took quite a while. First we had to eliminate those nominations made after the closing date. Then we removed second and third votes by individuals – only one permitted – but good to see such enthusiasm from audiences and colleagues! Sadly, some did not indicate which production or role their nominated artist was to have been associated with; we eliminated these nominations too. We then counted the remaining number of individual nominations for each category. The highest scoring top three nominated in each category appear above. There are four nominations for best production; this is because two of the nominees tied with the same number of nominations each.


Now comes the bit you’ve been waiting for. Click on the big orange button above (right) and go to the voting page. Fill in your selection and vote for one only nominee in all or as many of the categories as you like. You may choose not to vote in some if you have not seen the productions referred to. Your vote – for even one category – will still be counted. Please vote only once, however. If you vote more than once, your initial submission only will be counted; the Greenroom elves have sharp eyes. Fair go, now!

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday February 13 – that’s next Sunday. The winners will be announced on February 14.

We’d love you to send the link to the Groundling vote page to your networks. Click the Facebook share button above or Tweet on. If you like the old fashioned email route, that’s fine too. Just embed the url from this page in your mail, and post away!

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Kate Foy February 17, 2011 at 2:23 am echo do_shortcode('[fbcomments]');

Sure did. Easy enough to track via IPA addresses.
No names, no packdrill this time round, OK? :-) Greenroom loved the support and have learned from the exercise how to work around ballot crashing next time.

fair play February 17, 2011 at 2:18 am echo do_shortcode('[fbcomments]');

so – did you work out who was trying to spam the voting process by ballot crashing? Would be interesting to know who the hundreds of identical votes were for… ;-)

Kate Foy February 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm echo do_shortcode('[fbcomments]');

Hi Sean. Read the note on the front page of Greenroom posted last night. We were ballot crashed last night, the big orange button removed and, regrettably, voting was closed at this point. Sorry you missed out.

Sean February 13, 2011 at 11:09 am echo do_shortcode('[fbcomments]');

um, what happened to the orange button? it was there, but seems to have gone and it’s not yet midnight…

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