This is the third post on Greenroom about the annual, self-styled ‘Queensland’ Matilda Awards for excellence in theatre. Let’s get one thing straight though – they are no such thing, appearing as they do to exclude consideration of the work of the state’s regional professional and independent theatre communities. Right now the Matildas are Brisbane-centric awards, period.
In both previous posts we asked some questions and raised a few issues. If you missed them and the comments they created, here are the links:
As for 2011, the nominees for this year’s Matilda Awards were announced this week. Members of the theatre community in Brisbane are naturally excited to be able to celebrate the achievements of the past year, and why not? They should have an opportunity to do so in a high-profile, prestigious and meaningful event. Certainly the Matilda Committee itself acknowledges the Award’s role as
a key forum for publicly celebrating and promoting Queensland’s theatre industry, and notes
Given the importance of the awards, it is essential that their profile keeps growing, not only within the State but also nationally. The Matildas aim to be on a par with both the Sydney Critics’ Awards and Victoria’s Green Room Awards. (About).
Unfortunately, the guidelines or criteria appear to have been compromised this year with the inclusion of non-eligible work, but perhaps we are missing something. What happened?