Adelaide-based theatre actor and producer Joanne Hartstone has won the first ever Made in Adelaide Award.
The award, bestowed by Arts South Australia at last night’s Adelaide Fringe Awards, comes with a $10,000 cash prize towards presenting a show in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
Ms Hartstone’s show in this year’s Fringe is The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign, which she wrote and performs the lead role in.
An actor and presenter in the past 11 Adelaide Fringes, Ms Hartstone this year presented eight shows and was Artistic Director of the Noel Lothian Hall’s Black Box Theatre.
The Made in Adelaide Award was open to any South Australian act on this year’s Adelaide Fringe program, considering taking tour-ready work to Edinburgh.
There were three other finalists: Emily Steel’s 19 Weeks; Anya Anastasia’s Rogue Romantic; and Matt Gilbertson’s Hans: Mein Camp. Each of them will receive a $5,000 Made in Adelaide grant.
The judging panel of industry peers said Ms Hartstone’s work, which premiered here, was beautifully written, acted and directed. The panel said it was an impressive and sensitive show which had been very well-received by audiences.
An initiative of Arts South Australia, the inaugural Made in Adelaide program led a local arts and cultural delegation to the world biggest festival city during the month of August when Edinburgh is at the epicentre of festivals worldwide.
Made in Adelaide provided a recognisable new brand for South Australian cultural exports and a popular new purpose-built hub in the courtyard of the thriving Summerhall, where Adelaide artists and producers rubbed shoulders and did deals with their target market.
A showcase of Adelaide performances was also sold out and the program resulted in artists reporting dozens of leads and additional shows as a result of Made in Adelaide.
Joanne Hartstone’s The Girl Who Jumped off the Hollywood Sign includes songs performed by Hollywood's greatest movie stars - Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow and more.
The show was written & performed by South Australian award-winning theatre maker Joanne Hartstone.
Ms Hartstone has brought many international companies to Adelaide to showcase their productions and, as a practitioner has represented South Australia on international platforms, including in Edinburgh and New York.
She was last seen onstage in Waxing Lyrical's 2016 production of The Storm. Previous performance credits include: Oleanna, Misery, Deadline Gallipoli, Changed Forever and Molly's Shoes.
Ms Hartstone was the Artistic Director of The Queens Theatre during the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and produced 11 shows - The Bunker Trilogy, The Flanagan Collective, Thom Pain (based on nothing), A Minute In The Schoolyard, Under Milk Wood, "Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair..." or Who Is Tahirih? and What Would Spock Do?.
The new Made in Adelaide Award aims to help locally-based artists or companies who are already planning to present their work at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to build an international profile.
It celebrates exciting, original work and will be judged by a panel of arts industry leaders on the lookout for quality, creativity and ambition.
The winner will also receive marketing support through the Made in Adelaide program guide and website.
All South Australian artists presenting in Edinburgh are able to access the Made in Adelaide branding and marketing regardless of the success of their grant application.
Quotes attributable to Arts Minister Jack Snelling
These awards are a fantastic way of supporting local talent and helping to cement Adelaide as Australia’s and one of the world’s best festival cities in the world’s festivals HQ.
Congratulations to Joanne Hartstone on her award, a fitting reward for years of stalwart work in the local theatre sector.
I look forward to seeing the culmination of years of hard work and expertise under the spotlight in Edinburgh.
Quotes attributable to Arts South Australia Executive Director Peter Louca
It’s great to be able to reward and support local artists through Made in Adelaide, and Arts South Australia is pleased to be supporting Joanne Hartstone in exporting local talent to Edinburgh.
Adelaide artists still have the chance to apply for a Made in Adelaide grant – top-up grants of $2000 for individuals and $5000 for groups are available to help local acts with the costs associated with presenting their work.