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'The Perth Theatre Trust Equity Guild Awards is Perth’s premier awards event for live theatre, and the only awards event for the professional theatre industry in the state. The Awards are judged by a panel of industry representatives and focus on productions presented in the last financial year.' 
Note: Formerly Perth Theatre Trust/Actors Equity Guild Awards (2000-2013)

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2018

winner y separately published work icon You Know We Belong Together Finn O'Branagáin , 2018 13011855 2018 single work drama

'We fall into it, out of it and find it everywhere. It’s a battlefield, an open door and it’s even in the air. But what does finding love really mean to you?

'You Know We Belong Together is a story of love; a theatrical celebration of this incredible force of nature that strikes like lightning into our hearts. Family, friends and lovers, Julia Hales offers a deeply personal account of her own experiences of love as a daughter, actor, dreamer and person with Down syndrome.

'Bringing with her the voices and aspirations of a community rarely seen on stage, You Know We Belong Together is an uplifting performance with video, dance and song. As the Studio Underground is transformed into Julia’s own private realm, it becomes a place where dreams could be brought into reality.'

Source: Black Swan Theatre Company.

Year: 2015

winner King Hit David Milroy , Geoffrey Narkle , 1997 single work drama
— Appears in: Contemporary Indigenous Plays 2007; (p. [83]-116)

'An acclaimed play that strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations, exploring the impact on an individual and a culture when relationships are brutally broken.' 'Based on the life story of Geoffrey Narkle, King Hit mirrors the lives of many Aboriginal people of his generation. Forcibly removed from his family, Geoffrey was raised on Wandering Mission before leaving to join Stewart's Boxing Troupe, where he travelled the South West as a tent boxer.'

'Ultimately it would be Geoffrey's fighting spirit that gave him the strength to turn away from a downward spiral of despair and find peace within and reconcile broken family bonds.' (Source: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company website; Publisher's blurb,19/07/2009).

Year: 2011

winner y separately published work icon The Modern International Dead Damien Millar , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2008 Z1530254 2008 single work drama

'Against a backdrop of miraculous visions and terrible repercussions in Rwanda, secret facilities in Iraq, landmines in Cambodia and political cleansing in East Timor comes the extraordinary stories of some very unique Australians setting out to bring relief and assistance to a troubled world. But when politics impedes progress, and reality shatters aspiration, the only consistency is compromise.

'So what keeps these individuals risking their lives and going back time and time again? And when duty is done, what does it actually mean to do good in the world?'

Source: Griffin Theatre website,
Sighted: 17/09/2008

winner (best new play) y separately published work icon Waltzing the Wilarra David Milroy , David Milroy (composer), 2011 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2011 Z1733011 2011 single work musical theatre 'Charlie, Elsa and Fay take you on a musical journey back to 1940's post-war Perth. Against a backdrop of curfews, and the fear of arrest for consorting, white and black manage to form their own club. For a night they can forget their worries and experience rare happy times singing, dancing, listening to music, and with a little luck, romance. Forty years on, as the club faces demolition, our three characters meet once again to stage a musical reunion and protest in an attempt to save their old stomping ground.' (From the publisher's website.)

Year: 2009

winner Taking Liberty Ingle Knight , 2008 single work drama

'On September 23 1983, Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, finally ended the USA's 132 year domination of the America's Cup, breaking the longest winning-streak in sporting history, in a competition that pre-dates the modern Olympics.

Relive the euphoria - the tale of Australia's triumph and victory that placed the country on the sailing and sporting world map. Join the boys from Down Under in their quest for the highly desired "holy grail" of sport. "Any boss who sacks a worker for not turning up today is a bum." The Hon. Robert J Hawke MP (Australian Prime Minister 1983 -1991)

This work specially commissioned for the 25th anniversary brings together eight of WA's finest actors and will be a true celebration of West Australian cunning, ingenuity and spirit.' Source: (Sighted 28/07/2008).

Year: 2008

winner (Best Production) The Turning Bill McCluskey , 2008 single work drama

'Spanning three generations from the 70s to the present, 'The Turning' is about twists and turns of all kinds - changes of heart, slow awakenings, nasty surprises and accidents, resolutions made or broken.

'Taking us deep into the emotional lives of the Lang family with their demons, disappointments, rivalries and crippling obsessions, this powerful new drama explores a vision of life lived in the vast Western Australian landscape.' (2008 Perth International Arts Festival promotional note)