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'Last Call' takes the big award

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis displays his Actor Boy Award received for his one-man comedy show, 'Un'. Ellis was at the Actor Boy Awards at Chaser's Cafe on Monday.
Glen Campbell (right) presents Robin Baston with an Actor Boy Award for Best Special Effects. Baston won the award as part of the production team behind 'Acts of the Apostles'. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
Leonie Forbes is all smiles as she enjoys the Actor Boy Awards at Chaser's Cafe on Monday.
From left: Glen Campbell, Sharee McDonald-Russell, and Teisha Duncan, receive an Actor Boy Award from Dahlia Harris. The three were part of the cast of Charlie's Angels. - photos by Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
  • Acts of the Apostles earns lion's share of honours

Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer

While Best Production, the most notable award at the Actor Boy Awards, went to the 876 production company's Last Call, it was Acts of the Apostles that took home the lion's share of the honours.

The Father Ho Lung and Friends-produced play received six awards for Best Costume Design, Choreography, Special Effects, Original Song, Original Score and Musical.

The announcements and presentations were made at the 22nd staging of the Actor Boy Awards Ceremony at the Chasers Café located on Belmont Road on Monday.

The lively, informal, intimate affair saw the distribution of a number of awards in different categories, presented to Jamaica's thespians for their works over a "robust year". The panel of five judges reviewed 29 productions.

According to chief judge Tanya Batson-Savage, Jamaican theatre grapples with identity and the awards ceremony allows for practitioners to take a break in proceedings to review their works.

Batson-Savage also used the opportunity to acknowledge and commend Stages Productions for providing two new theatres, despite a slow economy.

Other encouraging signs were the noticeable increase in the number of young thespians, the staging of religious plays and the embracing of folklore.

Last Call copped Set (Patrick Williams) and Lighting Design (Nadia Roxburgh), while Jambiz's Charlie's Angels won best director through Trevor Nairne.

Charlie's Angels also produced the lead actor in Glen Campbell, while Dionne Silvera received the female equivalent for her role in Back a Yaad.

Best Supporting Roles went to Ainsley Whyte (God's Way) and Nadine Rawlin's (Where's My Father).

Charlie's Angels was also deemed the Best Comedy, while the DMH-produced God's Way walked away with The Best New Play award.

Independent Actors Movement's Anancy Chaptaz, The Beginning, was awarded Best Children's Theatre.

The Actor Boy Award for Excellence was awarded to the School of Drama, one of four schools to make up the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Presenter Jean Small used her citation to trace the illustrious history of the school. The institution's deputy director, Pierre Lamaire accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Graduates of School of Drama, Winston 'Bello' Bell and Owen 'Blackka' Ellis were the evening's hosts. Ellis was also a recipient for his one-man comedy venture, Un.

The programme also included a tribute to those who had passed over the year as well as performances from Keisha Patterson, who made three appearances. On each occasion, she thrilled the audience with Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I Am What I Am and You Don't Love Me.

Among the notables at The Actor Boy Awards was Jamaica's premier actress Leonie Forbes. The veteran actor enjoyed the proceedings "very much." She likes when things are on a smaller scale "as everybody can be a part of it, rather than there be some distance and people can't see. I like it."

Category Awardee Production
Actor In A Lead Role Glen Campbell Charlie's Angels
Actress In A Lead Role Deon Silvera Back-A-Yaad
Actor In A Supporting Role Ainsley White God's Way
Actress In A Supporting Role Nadean Rawlins Where Is My Father?
Choreography Paula Shaw Acts Of The Apostles
Costume Design Denise Robinson Acts Of The Apostles
Special Effects Robin Baston Acts Of The Apostles
Original Song We Believe Acts Of The Apostles
Original Score Wynton Williams
Fr Holung
Acts Of The Apostles

New Jamaican Play Dahlia Harris God's Way
Comedy Charlie's Angels Jambiz International
Drama God's Way Dmh Productions
Children'S Theatre Anancy Chaptaz Independent Actors
Di Beginning Movement
Musical Acts Of The Apostles F. Holung & Friends
Set Design Patrick Williams
Keiran King
Last Call

Lighting Design Nadia Roxburgh
Keiran King
Last Call

Directing Trevor Nairne
Patrick Brown
Charlie's Angels

Production Last Call Eight Seven Six

Production Awards

Acts Of The Apostles(6) Costume Design
Fr. Holung & Friends

Special Effects
Original Song
Original Score

Last Call (3) Best Production
Eight Seven Six Lighting Design
Set Design

Charlie's Angels (3) Comedy
Jambiz International Actor In A Lead Role

God's Way (3) New Jamaican Play
Dmh Productions Drama
Actor In A Supporting Role

Where Is My Father?
Basil Dawkins Productions
Actress In A Supporting Role

Dmh Productions
Actress In A Lead Role

Anancy Chaptaz
Di Beginning
Independent Actors Movement
Children's Theatre