Spotted at the Naledi Awards

So you may be wondering what the Naledi Awards are. Well, basically they are the theatre version of the Oscars… That said, because its a theatre version, the budget is no where near to that of the Oscars. However, the magic is just as electric.

This year the Naledi’s celebrated its 9th year. Nine controversial years. This years Naledi’s took place at the glorious Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City. And the finest stage actors were in attendance…

My theatre walked away with four Naledi’s, for best Cutting Edge, Best female actor, best comic actor and choreographer… Above my team from the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square.

Here are a few people I spotted at the Awards…

The highlight of the evening was meeting mam Thandi Klaasan. She was honored with a life time achievement award…

Tamara Dey and her boyfriend were there… I would love to see Tamara in another musical. She did Rocky Horror a few years back…

Model, Joelle and her sister also joined in of the celebrations…

Jax from Jamali was there with her boyfriend and Naledi winner, Bjorn. He won for best newcomer in his role in Dreamgirls… I didnt know he was dating South Africa’s very own Dreamgirl, Jaqcui..

Another winner from Dreamgirls.

David Dennis won best Comic performance for his role in Pirates of Penzance.

Nataniel (The Celine Dion of Kempton Park) also walked away with an award.

Dawn Lindberg (the lady behind the Naledi Awards) wore a dress that matched the actual Naledi Award.. She took colour blocking to a whole new level. Her and her team did an amazing job with the 9th Naledi Awards… Here she is with the amazing Judy Page who also won a Lifetime Achievement award.

The evening ended in a powerful performance by Code, a new drumming group… They are my hot pick of the month…

It was great to see South African theatre highlighted and celebrated. Well done to all the nominees and winners…



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