Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work

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Helpmann Award
Best New Australian Work
Country Australia
Presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA)
First awarded 2001
Currently held by The Secret River (2013)
Official website Official website

The Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) (the trade name for the Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA)), an employers' organisation which serves as the peak body in the live entertainment and performing arts industries in Australia. The accolade is handed out at the annual Helpmann Awards, which celebrates achievements in musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre in Australia.[1]

The award is presented to the author, composer, book writer or lyricist of the production.[2]

Winners and nominees[edit]

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour, in boldface.
Year Title Nominee(s)
Skin Stephen Page
The Boy From Oz Nick Enright
Life After George Hannie Rayson
The Theft of Sita Nigel Jamieson
Batavia Richard Mills and Peter Goldsworthy
Corroboree Stephen Page
Mavis Goes to Timor Angela Chaplin, Katherine Thomson and Kavisha Mazzella
A Man with Five Children Nick Enright
Walkabout Stephen Page and Frances Rings
Bill and Mary Jon Halpin
Love in the Age of Therapy Dan Potra
Oboe Concerto for Diana Doherty Ross Edwards
Inheritance Hannie Rayson
Phobia Douglas Horton and Gerry Brophy
Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scenes Stephen Sewell
Held Garry Stewart, ADT Dancers and Lois Greenfield
The Sapphires Tony Briggs
Madeline Lee John Haddock with Michael Campbell
Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed David Brown
Through the Wire Ros Horin
Devolution Garry Stewart
On the Case Debra Batton and Mark Murphy
Small Metal Objects Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Genevieve Morris and Jim Russel
Sydney Symphony Contemporary Music Festival: Mysterium Cosmographicum Michael Smetanin
The Lost Echo Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright
The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom Alan John and John Clarke with Doug MacLeod
Structure and Sadness Lucy Guerin
Honour Bound Nigel Jamieson
The Love of the Nightingale Richard Mills and Timberlake Wertenbaker
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Toy Symphony Michael Gow
Parramatta Girls Alana Valentine
Glow Gideon Obarzanek
When the Rain Stops Falling Andrew Bovell
Shane Warne: The Musical Eddie Perfect
Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths
FOOD COURT Back to Back Theatre with The Necks
Metro Street Matthew Robinson
Smoke and Mirrors Sydney Festival, Spiegeltent International, Craig Ilott and iOTA
Miracle BalletLab and Phillip Adams
Bliss Brett Dean and Amanda Holden
Dirtsong The Black Arm Band with Steven Richardson and Alexis Wright
Tim Minchin Vs Sydney Symphony Tim Minchin and Sydney Symphony
Finucane and Smith's Carnival of Mysteries Finucane and Smith
Silent Disco Lachlan Philpott
Moth Declan Greene
Where the Heart Is Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Songs from the Middle Eddie Perfect
Angela's Kitchen Paul Capsis, Julian Meyrick and Hilary Bell
Kursk: An Oratorio Requiem David Chisholm
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich Mark Deans, Marcia Ferguson, Bruce Gladwin, Nicki Holland, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Kate Sulan, Brian Tilley and David Woods
Symphonia Eluvium Elena Kats-Chernin
Songs for Nobodies Joanna Murray-Smith
The Secret River Kate Grenville. Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell
Midnight Son Gordon Kerry and Louis Nowra
The Happiest Refugee Anh Do
King Kong Craig Lucas (book), Marius de Vries (original music), Michael Mitnick and Richard Thomas (additional lyrics), featuring Songs and Original Compositions by 3D, Guy Garvey, Sarah McLachlan, Justice and The Avalanches
Medea Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks
School Dance Matthew Whittet

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Helpmann Awards - About". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia (LPA)). Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rules of the Helpmann Awards - Chapter 3 - Rule 6.10" (PDF). Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia). Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nominees". Helpmann Awards (Live Performance Australia). Retrieved 2011-010-03.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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