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Sally Burton Awards

Monday, 28 May 2012


On Tuesday 5 June, WAAPA’s third year graduating Acting students will take to the stage in an evening of exciting Shakespearean drama as they compete to take home a coveted Sally Burton Award. The annual prizes – one for a male, one for a female – are worth $2,000 each.

A shining example of Burton’s generous philanthropy towards the arts, these cash prizes are invaluable at this stage of a student’s study as they prepare for careers in the uncertain world of professional theatre.

The students are required to perform a Shakespearean text monologue or duologue. The judging is based on the ability to speak the verse, connect to the text, interpret the content and present the finished work. Each year there is a wonderful diversity of work presented – hilarious comedy, high tragedy, great drama and joyful romance. The students choose and prepare their own excerpts – and their imaginative interpretations entertain and delight the capacity audience.

In addition to Sally Burton, this year’s judging panel includes Chris Bednall, Artistic Director of Deckchair Theatre, David Zampatti, Arts Contributor at The West Australian Newspaper and director Michael McCall, who is currently guest director for WAAPA’s 2nd Year Acting student production of Enron.

Sally Burton sees it as fitting those funds from her husband’s estate – the philanthropic money comes mainly from Richard Burton’s film royalties – are being used to support aspiring actors.

Burton himself was the semi-literate son of a poor coalminer when he met school teacher Philip Burton, who informally adopted and educated him. “Richard was so grateful to Philip Burton for helping him that it’s right that the money should go to helping young people.”

Nurturing young artistic talent has long been a passion for Sally Burton, the widow of the great Welsh actor Richard Burton.

WAAPA is extremely grateful for the generosity of Sally Burton in making these awards available to honour the work of her late husband.

Performance Information

2012 Sally Burton Awards
Date and Time: Tuesday 5 June, 7.30pm - Free entry
Venue: Roundhouse Theatre, WAAPA, ECU 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley Campus
Contact Box Office to reserve your seats
Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6895
Duration: 90 minutes approx

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