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Theater alum nominated for Helpmann Award

Theater alum nominated for Helpmann Award

: Wolfe Bowart in "The Man the Sea Saw.". Photo by David Wyatt.

The Man the Sea Saw, by the physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart (TH ’87), is nominated for a 2012 Helpmann Award® in the category of Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production. The preeminent annual event of the Australian theater calendar, the Helpmann Awards will be announced September 24 at the Sydney Opera House.

Following his internationally recognized LaLaLuna, The Shneedles and his 2010 Helpmann Award® nominee Letter’s End, in 2011 Wolfe Bowart embarked on a 66-show national tour of Australia with The Man the Sea Saw that spanned 27 venues across Australia. The tour concluded in Perth at His Majesty’s Theatre, where The Man the Sea Saw headlined the Awesome Festival and drew the largest audience attendance in that festival’s history.

Wrapped in a dazzling set that unfolds like a surreal popup book, The Man the Sea Saw finds the calm harbor between acrobatic suspense, extreme hilarity and poignant themes of family, loss and love. An adventure in magical realism that blurs the lines between theatre, circus and film, Bowart brings the story to life with his intelligent and concise physical expression. The original work of theater captivates young and young-at-heart audiences aged from six to 96. Bowart will next be seen at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia performing Letter’s End in October 2012, before premiering The Man the Sea Saw in Hong Kong in December.


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