Local play scores coveted Matilda Award nominations - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Adventures of Peter Rabbit cast members Zoe de Plevitz and Cameron Hurry.

On February 26, Brisbane was abuzz with the glitz and glamour of the annual Matilda Awards, Queensland’s celebration of excellence in the professional theatre industry. Belmont local Paul Adams, an award-winning actor and playwright, was thrilled to be there, not only as the event’s Executive Producer but also as the writer and director of a play, Adventures of Peter Rabbit, that garnered two nominations.

“For our first big kids’ show, I am so pleased to see it collect some nominations,” said Paul.

The show was nominated in the Best Costume Design category for Belinda Gayle McCormack and Best Performance in a Supporting Role – Independent Production for Zoe de Plevitz, who brings Mrs Tittlemouse and Mopsy to life.

“They are both wonderful talents to have with the show,” says Paul. “Unfortunately, neither of our nominees got to take home the trophy, but to be nominated in a shortlist of five from the 100 shows seen by the judging panel last year is a great outcome.”

The show also garnered the praise of Theatre Haus reviewer Paula-Mary Camilleri, who called the show “impressive” and said, “This piece was more than just an hour of smiles. Underneath, there was the warmth of family love, the power of true friendship, the magic of childhood and a sense of playfulness that reminded all of us that life is brimming with adventures just waiting to be had.”

Adams chuckled at this reminder. “Yeah, that was a pretty good review. It was great to have the show so well received, and hearing the kids’ laughter and amazement through the whole thing was an absolute joy.”

So, what will an award-nominated company be doing in 2024? “We are continuing to provide our portable escape rooms for OSHC groups in the school holidays, and Adventures of Peter Rabbit will be returning to the Ron Hurley Theatre at Seven Hills in June,” said Paul.

The three-day season will run from Jun 27-29, and tickets will sell for $32. However, readers of The Community Leader can use LEADER as a coupon code until the end of March to purchase tickets at $25 each.

To book tickets, go to: https://buytickets.at/smallcrownproductions

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