The annual Mercury Durban Theatre Awards take place this week (on a Monday, as per tradition, as it's the only "off" night for those performing in current stage productions) and it's the event's 10th anniversary.
The awards are handed out in the genres of drama, comedy, musical theatre, music revue/cabaret and children’s theatre, and in the categories of best director, actor, actress, set design, lighting design, costume design and so on. A total of 32 productions are vying for honours this year. Patrons get to drink in the glitz and glamour of showbiz and rub shoulders with Durban’s stars of the stage. This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by Jailoshini Naidoo of Eastern Mosaic and broadcast celebrity Terence Pillay, who’s done everything from investigative journalism to celebrity spotting. Pillay is the event’s long-running master of ceremonies. The awards were established in 2003 and the principal sponsors are The Mercury and the Bartel Arts Trust, which established the Bat Centre back in 1995.