Helpmann Award win for Bleach* Festival production

A production at this year’s Bleach* Festival took out an award at the 18th Annual Helpmann Awards overnight.

Bleach* Festival, together with contemporary dance company The Farm, won the award for the Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for TIDE.

The production featured two office workers (Gavin Webber and Joshua Thomson) carrying on their duties in a furnished office on a sandbar in the middle of Currumbin Estuary for 49 hours straight, without food or supplies.


Co-creator and performer Gavin Webber said the work was “a visceral marathon” that pushed improvisation to its limits.

“We are so proud of this award and the team behind it’s production. To have an idea and be supported to bring it to life, then be nationally recognised is beyond rewarding,” he said.

Bleach* Festival Artistic Director and CEO, Louise Bezzina said the Bleach* team had been working towards this moment for many years.

“To see our festival and talented local artists from the Gold Coast gain national recognition is an absolute honour,” she said.

Bleach* was also received a number of other Helpmann Award nominations, including Male Dancer for Joshua Thomson – The Farm; Best Dance Production for Intimate Space by Restless Dance Theatre; and Best Music Direction for Brian Ritchie for Bleach* Festival’s 2018 celebrated centrepiece event The Spirit of Churaki.

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