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Athenaeum Theatre sweeps the pool at 2008 VDL Awards

At the Victorian Drama League Awards presentation dinner in November 2008, the ATC was presented with SIX Gold Awards.

The cast, crew and director of "Freedom of the City" were all recognised by the VDL in the following divisions:

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Drama Production - Freedom of the City

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Director of a Drama Production: Doug Bennett

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Adrian Carras Priest

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Set Design in a Comedy or Drama: Doug Bennett

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Lighting Design in a Comedy or Drama: Jason Bovaird and Colin Mortley

  • GOLD AWARD - Best Sound Design in a Comedy or Drama: Michael Gerrish and Adrian Carr

Other nominations received were:

  • Best Actress in a Drama - Gabrielle O'Brien as Lily

  • Best Costume Design in a Comedy or Drama - Sylvia Carr and Margaret Bailey

"Freedom of the City", a dramatisation of the events surrounding "Bloody Sunday" was a challenging production for the ATC but the VDL Awards have shown the skills at all levels that are available to the Theatre.

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