Winners of The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2014 revealed

Next To Normal, a play by Pangdemonium Productions

SINGAPORE - The winners of The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards were unveiled at The St. Regis Singapore earlier today. The annual event honours the best theatre professionals in Singapore. Among the 120 who attended the event was Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council.

Theatre company Pangdemonium brought home the crowning honours of the afternoon - both the Production of the Year and Production of the Year (Readers' Choice) Awards went to their musical Next To Normal, which explored issues of mental health. The Reader's Choice Award, which was inaugurated last year, gave readers and theatre lovers a chance to vote online for their favourite production in 2013. It is a separate award from Production of the Year, which was selected by a judging panel.

Theatre company Nine Years Theatre also won big. The newcomer swept four awards for its production Twelve Angry Men, a pacy and riveting courtroom drama. Nelson Chia was named Best Director, while the Best Supporting Actor went to Johnny Ng. The production also took top honours in the Best Ensemble and Best Set Design categories.

This year, OCBC Bank has come on board as a sponsor for one of the categories, Production of the Year (Readers' Choice) Award. The category, which was inaugurated last year, gives readers and theatre lovers a chance to vote online for their favourite production of 2013. It is a separate award from the top category of Production of the Year, which is selected by the judging panel.

The St. Regis Singapore sponsored a lucky draw prize for the readers who attended the ceremony: a one-night weekend stay at the hotel's Executive Deluxe Room, as well as a dinner for two at Brasserie Les Saveurs. The package is worth $1,330.

The awards were judged by a six-member panel, comprising Lasalle College of the Arts provost Venka Purushothaman; independent practitioner Low Kee Hong, who heads artistic development (theatre) at the West Kowloon Cultural District; online arts journal The Flying Inkpot co-editor Matthew Lyon; as well as arts reviewers from The Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times, Helmi Yusof, Tang Hwa Kwee and Corrie Tan.

The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2014

WINNERS

Production of the Year
Next To Normal
Pangdemonium

Production of the Year (Readers' Choice)
Next To Normal
Pangdemonium

Best Director
Nelson Chia
Twelve Angry Men
Nine Years Theatre

Best Original Script
Alfian Sa'at
Kakak Kau Punya Laki
Teater Ekamatra

Best Actress
Edith Podesta
Illogic
Cake Theatrical Productions

Best Actor
Adrian Pang
Rabbit Hole
Pangdemonium

Best Supporting Actress
Serene Chen
8 Women
Sing'theatre

Best Supporting Actor
Johnny Ng
Twelve Angry Men
Nine Years Theatre

Best Ensemble
Twelve Angry Men
Nine Years Theatre

Best Set Design
Wong Chee Wai
Twelve Angry Men
Nine Years Theatre

Best Sound Design
Zai Kuning
Family Duet
spell#7

Best Lighting Design
Andy Lim
Illogic
Cake Theatrical Productions

Best Costume Design
David Lee
Illogic
Cake Theatrical Productions

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