Primadonna Productions sweep up at Finley Awards

Local community theatre company Primadonna Productions took home a number of impressive accolades at the recent Independent Theatre Association Robert Finley awards.

The company was presented with Best Ensemble for their show Downtown – The Mod Musical, which also won third place in Best Musical.

Company director Carole Dhu said it was a very exciting night for the group.

“We had such excellent results,” she said.

“To win for such a small cast musical was amazing, it’s so wonderful.”

Primadonna Productions also picked up a certificate of appreciation for their dedication to fostering youth participation and development of youth audiences in the performing arts arena.

Three young performers in the kids’ troupe were also awarded certificates for their impressive performances.

Bella Lambert and Indi Thompson were praised for their character commitment and Liam McCormack for his comic timing in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

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In an extra special achievement for the company, Primadonna performer Sian Dhu won the Yvonne Hough Neilson award.

The accolade is awarded by the adjudicators to the person, group or club believed to have made a significant contribution to the diversity, vibrancy and creativity of local community theatre.

Dhu was presented the award for her “bucket loads” of talent, commitment and clear love of the stage, her fellow performers and her audiences.

“This year we have decided to present this award to an actress who has come to epitomise the strengths of community theatre in WA,” the presenters said.

“She has taken on a range of quintessential musical roles over the last five years and never failed to deliver,” 

“Even in smaller and less well-known roles, she has found a spirit to her characters that has engaged, entertained and inspired.”

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