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Gay show and director win theatre award

Tue 2 Dec 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Shane Bosher Gay theatre director Shane Bosher and his cast and production team have won the top prize for excellence at the annual Auckland Theatre Awards for their staging of the gay and HIV-themed Angels in America. The epic March production was Bosher's final effort for Silo Theatre and was presented in two three-hour parts. Angels in America is set in New York circa 1985 when the HIV epidemic was spreading its deadly way unchecked through the gay male community. It features the often-traumatised lives and relationships of a variety of people, mostly fictional creations but some based on real life people, as they are confronted by the life- and culture-changing epidemic. The judges said Bosher's production achieved excellence "across all aspects of this ambitious production." One of the brilliant performers from Teen Faggots Come to Life, Amanaki Prescott, won of the Newcomer Awards. She's a key member and co-choreographer of Fine Fatale, a transgender and gay dance company, and has featured in multiple dance and theatre shows. In the People's Choice section, Fasitua Amosa won Best Entrance for his work in the high-energy Black Faggot, which explored being gay and Samoan. Lexie Matheson also received a career service award , acknowledging her work on more than 100 professional productions.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 - 10:15pm

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