Celebrating the best of theatre

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 09:32 20/11/2012
West End Girls
STEPHEN A'COURT
West End Girls is up for five awards at the Chapman Tripp awards.
Jason Whyte
Jason Whute's portrayal of a lovable family dog in Peninsula has earned him a nomination in the 2012 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

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Performing in Peninsula as both a family's pet dog and a rigid school teacher with a secret has earned actor Jason Whyte a nomination in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

The play, written by Gary Henderson and directed by Jane Waddell, is up for seven awards in the annual celebration of cultural excellence in the capital.

It tells the story of a young boy living on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury in the 1960s, drawing heavily on the audience's own childhood memories and sense of nostalgia. It was performed at Circa Theatre as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards nominees were selected from 100 eligible productions performed in the capital this year.

Along with Whyte's nomination for outstanding performance, Waddell is up for director of the year and Michele Amas has been shortlisted for supporting actress of the year.

The Prospect is tied with Peninsula for the most nominations, including nominations for sound designer, most promising new director for Tammy Davis and most promising female newcomer for Moana Ete.

Written by Maraea Rakuraku, The Prospect is set in a small Bay of Plenty town, which is ripped apart by the lure of drugs and gang membership.

West End Girls and The Mori Troilus and Cressida - Toroihi Rua Ko Khira are both up for five awards.

Five Wellington theatre critics narrowed down the year's best and brightest theatre shows to nominees in each of the 19 award categories.

The Critics Wildcard Award and the Mayoral Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre will be announced on the night.

Check out the nominees here.

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