The 2012 Guild Report

It’s Monday, it’s 10:30am, and I am particularly grumpy.  My body aches, I am engaged in an epic battle with my eyelids, forcing them to stay open and I have already increased my average daily coffee intake four-fold.   The theme of the morning around my office is “Butler, you look like crap.”  It’s true. I look like crap, I feel like crap and I sound like crap.  My productivity levels….crap.

“Seriously dude, what the hell happened to you?”


Trying to explain the Guilds to anyone outside of our wonderful little community is difficult, but my colleagues see the pain in my face and they understand.  It is no wonder either; because the guilds this year were the best they have been in years and I sure as hell was going to take full advantage of that.

The ceremony this year was a huge improvement on its predecessors.  The speeches were kept to a minimum, junior awards were handed out without reading through all the nominees, there were a reduced number of performances and we got through the thing controversy free.  Of course I was still baffled by what I considered to be some glaringly obvious omissions from the nominations, but I was very pleased to see that after such a strong year of theatre that the awards were evenly spread across many companies and productions.

There was a great mix of performances and thank goodness (for once) the evening was not too ballad heavy.  A special mention must go out to the junior performers this year, they lifted the bar and it is scary thought thinking about how talented the next generation are going to be.  Highlights of the night were Tyson Legg and Jaclyn DeVincentis rousing performance of All The Wasted time from Parade, the cast of Williamstown’s Next to Normal and a gripping performance by Rosa McCarty from Babirra’s Oliver.  Hats off too to Mark Doran for pulling through Sunset Boulevard, the one number of the night that the orchestra really struggled with.

The cast of CLOC’s All Shook Up showed us why they were show of the year with a performance that received the biggest applause of the night.

And, whilst I won’t go in to too much detail of the award winners themselves (which can be found here) I would like to briefly mention my own highlights of the night. 

In a room of very large personalities and some big egos (I don’t exclude myself from that) Sandra Davies, the administrator of CLOC Musical Theatre, spoke so passionately about CLOC, All Shook Up, junior theatre, and our community as a whole.  She was incredibly humble in accepting show of the year on behalf of CLOC and her words resonated as a true reminder of how lucky we all are to be involved in the world of theatre.  It was a really fitting end to a wonderful year.

Wow the foyer was loud.  I suppose that is what happens when you get eight hundred thespians in the same room.  The usual banter, the interviews, the early signs of drinking and a big night, plenty of congratulations and no doubt a little bitching all rolled into one.  I spent most of this time in the line for the bar, had a quick drink and then buggered off to the after party so feel free to comment below if anyone has anything to add.

Much like the awards themselves the TheatrePeople after party was the best it has been in years.  After a couple of unlucky years (last minute venue cancellations and water leaking from light fixtures) the party was a great success.   DJ Hughesy replaced his mixing desk with a shot glass, handing over DJ duties and for the first time in after party history.  It was a great sight to see him enjoying the night.  I would like to extend a huge thank you to Chris as he has gone out of his way with TheatrePeople to put this event on for nearly a decade now and it is often a thankless task.

The after party was a wonderful event.  It was evident how much fun was being had by all and from what I could tell, the Sporting Globe Hotel must have made record bar sales for the evening.  It could just be me (and one too many Bacardi Drys) but there seemed to be a distinct lack of scandal in dark corners this year, just a lot of people enjoying each other’s company.

So there it is people.  Another year done, and a great end to another wonderful year.  It is my sincere hope that the Guilds meant to you what they did to me.  A night to celebrate with some of my oldest and best friends and also new friends that I have made this year who I love to bits.  We really are a lucky community.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas/New Years and recharges the batteries so we can do it all again in 2013.

Please drop some comments below about your 2012 Guild Experiences, I would love to hear what you think.

And one final note…..  2012, Sporting Globe Hotel, I busted it out Gangnam style, and I was awesome.