Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work

The Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work is an award presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA), 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]

Helpmann Award
Best New Australian Work
Presented byLive Performance Australia
First awarded2001
Currently held byLeah Purcell for The Drover's Wife (2017)
WebsiteOfficial website

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

Winners and nominees

   Winners are listed first and marked in a separate colour, in boldface.
Year Title Nominee(s) Genre
Skin Stephen Page Ballet or Dance
The Boy From Oz Nick Enright Musicals
Life After George Hannie Rayson Theatre
The Theft of Sita Nigel Jamieson
Batavia Richard Mills and Peter Goldsworthy Opera
Corroboree Stephen Page Ballet or Dance
Mavis Goes to Timor Angela Chaplin, Katherine Thomson and Kavisha Mazzella Theatre
A Man with Five Children Nick Enright Theatre
Walkabout Stephen Page and Frances Rings Ballet or Dance
Bill and Mary Bille Brown Theatre
Love in the Age of Therapy Paul Grabowsky and Joanna Murray-Smith Opera
Oboe Concerto for Diana Doherty Ross Edwards Classical Music
Inheritance Hannie Rayson Theatre
Phobia Douglas Horton and Gerry Brophy
Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America - A Drama in 30 Scenes Stephen Sewell Theatre
Held Garry Stewart, ADT Dancers and Lois Greenfield Ballet or Dance
The Sapphires Tony Briggs Theatre
Madeline Lee John Haddock with Michael Campbell Opera
Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed David Brown Theatre
Through the Wire Ros Horin Theatre
Devolution Garry Stewart Ballet or Dance
On the Case Debra Batton and Mark Murphy Physical or Visual Theatre
Small Metal Objects Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben, Genevieve Morris and Jim Russel Theatre
Sydney Symphony Contemporary Music Festival: Mysterium Cosmographicum Michael Smetanin Classical Music
The Lost Echo Barrie Kosky and Tom Wright Theatre
The Adventures of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom Alan John and John Clarke with Doug MacLeod Musicals / Presentation for Children
Structure and Sadness Lucy Guerin Ballet or Dance
Honour Bound Nigel Jamieson Visual or Physical Theatre
The Love of the Nightingale Richard Mills and Timberlake Wertenbaker Opera
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Musicals
Toy Symphony Michael Gow Theatre
Parramatta Girls Alana Valentine Theatre
Glow Gideon Obarzanek Ballet or Dance
When the Rain Stops Falling Andrew Bovell Theatre
Shane Warne: The Musical Eddie Perfect Musicals
Just Macbeth! Andy Griffiths Theatre / Presentation for Children
FOOD COURT Back to Back Theatre with The Necks Theatre
Metro Street Matthew Robinson Musicals
Smoke and Mirrors Sydney Festival, Spiegeltent International, Craig Ilott and iOTA Cabaret
Miracle BalletLab and Phillip Adams Ballet or Dance
Bliss Brett Dean and Amanda Holden Opera
Dirtsong The Black Arm Band with Steven Richardson and Alexis Wright
Tim Minchin Vs Sydney Symphony Tim Minchin and Sydney Symphony Comedy
Finucane and Smith's Carnival of Mysteries Finucane and Smith Cabaret
Silent Disco Lachlan Philpott Theatre
Moth Declan Greene Theatre
Where the Heart Is Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre Ballet or Dance
Songs from the Middle Eddie Perfect
Angela's Kitchen Paul Capsis, Julian Meyrick and Hilary Bell Theatre
Kursk: An Oratorio Requiem David Chisholm Classical Music
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 Theatre
Symphonia Eluvium Elena Kats-Chernin Classical Music
Songs for Nobodies Joanna Murray-Smith Theatre
The Secret River Kate Grenville. Adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell Theatre
Midnight Son Gordon Kerry and Louis Nowra Opera
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 Musicals
Medea Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks Theatre
School Dance Matthew Whittet Theatre
Pinocchio Rosemary Myers with Julianne O'Brien Musicals / Presentation for Children
Wulamanayuwi & the Seven Pamanui Jason De Santis & Eamon Flack Theatre / Presentation for Children
The Shadow King Tom E. Lewis and Michael Kantor Theatre
Black Diggers Tom Wright Theatre
The Rabbits Kate Miller-Heidke (composer), Lally Katz (librettist) and Iain Grandage (musical arrangements and additional music) Opera / Presentation for Children
Little Bird Nicki Bloom (writer and co-lyricist), Quentin Grant (composer and co-lyricist) and Cameron Goodall (composer and co-lyricist)
What Rhymes With Cars and Girls Aidan Fennessy (writer) and Tim Rogers (music and lyrics) Theatre
Marlin Damien Millar Theatre / Presentation for Children
Switzerland Joanna Murray-Smith Theatre
Endings Tamara Saulwick
Ladies in Black Carolyn Burns and Tim Finn with Simon Phillips Musicals
Prize Fighter Future D. Fidel Theatre
Bambert's Book of Lost Stories Dan Giovannoni and Luke Kerridge Theatre / Presentation for Children
The Gallipoli Symphony Christopher Latham, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Gareth Farr, Richard Nunns, Graeme Koehne AO, Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, Elena Kats-Chernin, Kamran Ince, Ross Harris, Andrew Schultz, Ross Edwards and Demir Demirkan Classical Music
lore Frances Rings, Deborah Brown and Waangenga Blanco Dance
Picnic at Hanging Rock Tom Wright Theatre
The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell Theatre
Hot Brown Honey Busty Beatz and Lisa Fa’alafi Cabaret
The Wider Earth David Morton Theatre
Jasper Jones Kate Mulvany Theatre
Backbone Darcy Grant, Elliot Zoerner, Shenton Gregory, Geoff Cobham, Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Simon McClure, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Jackson Manson, Triton Tunis-Mitchell and Lewis Rankin Visual or Physical Theatre
Girl Asleep Matthew Whittet Theatre
Bennelong Stephen Page Ballet or Dance
Hamlet Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn Theatre
Muriel's Wedding The Musical PJ Hogan, Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall Musicals
Black is the New White Nakkiah Lui Theatre
Laser Beak Man Nicholas Paine, David Morton, Tim Sharp and Sam Cromack
Lano & Woodley — Fly Colin Lane and Frank Woodley
Counting and Cracking S. Shakthidharan and Eamon Flack Theatre
Spinifex Gum Felix Riebl Contemporary Music
Barbara and the Camp Dogs Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine Musicals
Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death Nakkiah Lui Theatre
The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two Kate Mulvany Theatre
Lé Nør (The Rain) The Last Great Hunt and Artistic Collaborators Theatre

See also


  1. "Helpmann Awards - About". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia (LPA). Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  2. "Rules of the Helpmann Awards - Chapter 3 - Rule 6.10" (PDF). Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  3. "Nominees". Helpmann Awards. Live Performance Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  4. "Pandora Archive 2001 Helpmann Awards Nominees". Australian Entertainment Industry Association (AEIA). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on 18 July 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  5. "2018 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  6. "2019 Nominees and Winners | Helpmann Awards". Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. "2019 Helpmann Awards Act II presented". Limelight. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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