Adam fine honour

Hills scoops Aussie theatre award

Adam Hills has won one of Australia’s most prestigious theatre awards.

He won the prize for best comedy performance at the Helpmann Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the West End’s Olivier Awards, for his show Joymonger.

He’s currently performing it at the Edinburgh Fringe, so his mum collected it on his behalf.

Hills said: ‘This is wonderful news and I'm especially pleased that my mother read, word for word, the script I gave her, “Ever since Adam was a child we knew he had a special talent. We are truly blessed to have him in our lives.’

‘She got the biggest laughs of the night and is considering doing her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe next year.’

The satirical musical Keating! which also started life at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, swept the board in other categories.

Based on the life of the former Prime Minister, the show was named best musical ahead of bigger-budget offerings. Director Neil Armfield and supporting actor Terry Serio won their categories, too.

The Helpmann Awards, held on Monday night at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, are named in honour of late Australian dancer, actor, director and choreographer Sir Robert Helpmann.

Published: 6 Aug 2007

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