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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 2 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 537..


Labor friends honest in relation to grandparent and kinship carers. This is a disgrace and a failing on the part of the Stanhope government and a failing on behalf of Ms Hunter and the Greens who say that they are about third party insurance for the people of the ACT. The grandparent and kinship carers have failed to receive third party insurance from the Greens on this one.

Canberra Area Theatre awards

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.30): I rise tonight to speak about the Canberra Area Theatre awards that were held on 19 February this year at the Llewellyn Hall, a new venue for the theatre. The shadow minister for the arts, Vicki Dunne, and Mr Doszpot were also in attendance at what was a wonderful night. The CAT awards do a huge amount to encourage, promote and recognise those involved in theatre in the region. I believe in 2010 there were 96 productions, including 49 musicals, 13 variety shows, 34 plays and, of those, 43 were in the ACT and 53 were in New South Wales.

The judges witnessed the work of over 7,000 actors and production personnel. I would like to thank the judging panel: Edwin Briggs, Ian McLean AM CSC, Charles Oliver, Stephen Pike, Oliver Raymond OAM, Jacquelyn Richards, Norma Robertson, Rose Shorney, Garrick Smith, Anne Somes, Bronwyn Sullivan, David Whitbread, Don Whitbread OAM and Coralie Wood OAM. Next year I understand Chris Neal, Terry O'Conner and Derek Walker will be joining the team of judges. Of course, I should put on the record my thanks to Coralie Wood OAM for all she does to promote theatre in Canberra.

I will now acknowledge the winners of the categories. There were 44 awards on offer. The Ryleho Home Solutions best set designer for a play went to Andrew Kay from the Canberra Repertory Society for Flatspin. The Ryleho Home Solutions best set designer for a musical went to Saxon Reynolds from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts for Beauty and the Beast. Best costume designer for a school or youth play went to Matthew Aberline from Canberra Youth Theatre for Retrieval.

Best costume designer for a school or youth musical went to Helen Symons and team from Legs for Circus and to Louise Little from Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts for Beauty and the Beast. Best costume designer for a play went to Judi Wemyss and team from the Canberra Repertory Society for Lady Windermere's Fan. The best costume designer for a musical went to Deborah Cunningham from the Dubbo Theatre Co for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Best lighting designer went to Adam Loughlin from the Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts for Beauty and the Beast. The Canberra Repertory Society best technical achievement went to Alan Stanger from the Dubbo Theatre Co for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The John Thomson magic moment of theatre award went to the Molong Players for Cone of Silence in Control or Kaos.

The best original work for a school or youth production went to the Actors Ensembles from the Canberra Youth Theatre for Retrieval. The best original work went to Paul Dion from Spectrum Theatre Group for Prix d'Amour. The Bentley's Hairdressing best ensemble in a play went to the cast of eXposed 10 for My Place. The Australian


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