[by Pip Miller]
Bridget Boyle and Mark Sheppard. Image: supplied
Footy and family-based narrative, The Longest Minute, a co-production between JUTE Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company and debase productions, took home the Best Mainstage Production title at the 2018 Matilda Awards in Brisbane.
JUTE Theatre Company’s Artistic Director and CEO Suellen Maunder was in Brisbane to accept the award for the Cairns based theatre company drawing equal line honours with La Boite Theatre’s Prize Fighter.
“This is a very proud moment for Cairns and the company, and it was so wonderful to be there in attendance, alongside Queensland theatre industry’s best, to recognise the tremendous effort of our cast and crew during last year’s premiere season,” Ms Maunder said.
The Longest Minute draws inspiration from the NQ Cowboys 2015 NRL Grand Final win against the Brisbane Broncos thanks to that famous field goal by Johnathan Thursday during golden minute.
Cairns theatre company wins coveted award with The Longest Minute
The Longest Minute enjoyed sell out seasons in Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane following its premiere at JUTE Theatre last April.
The Matilda Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that honour and celebrate the achievements of the Queensland theatre industry. The awards were held on Monday 18 February at Brisbane Powerhouse.
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JUTE has re-commissioned The Longest Minute playwrights, Robert Kronk and Nadine MacDonald-Dowd, a First Nations’ writer, to rework the award-winning script in readiness for its 10-week tour of Queensland’s remote Indigenous schools and communities that will take place later in the year to places that include Thursday Island, Yarrabah, Lockhart River and Mt. Isa.
According to JUTE’s Artistic Director and CEO, Suellen Maunder, The Longest Minute is the basis of this year’s Dare to Dream touring and residency program that follows in the footsteps of Bukal (2018) and Proppa Solid (2016/2017).
“Over the past few years JUTE’s Dare to Dream model has successfully built momentum to a point it is now attracting national recognition and support for First Nations artists facilitating creative arts engagement,” Ms Maunder said.
The rewrite, which is taking place currently, will follow with a four-week rehearsal program starting in June before beginning its 10-week, 10 community tour on Monday 15 July. The tour will run until 22 September.
The Longest Minute Creative Team:
Yvette Walker - First Nations' Creative Producer
Bridget Boyle - Director
Nadine McDonald Dowd - Co-playwright
Robert Kronk - Co-playwright
PJ Rosas - First Nations' stage and touring manager
Kim Bowers - Sound Designer
Simona and Simone - Co-Set Designers
Mark Sheppard - First Nations' Performer and workshop facilitator
Kathryn Ash - Dramaturg
This project has been assisted by the Australia Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body as well as Arts Queensland, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, Westpac Foundation and ANZ Seeds of Renewal.
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