This was the week of the Helpmann Awards, Australia’s annual awards for live performance.
The award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play went to Mark Leonard Winter for his performance as Edgar in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear.
Edgar is always a demanding, virtuoso role, that allows a younger actor to show his mettle. The review of King Lear in the Guardian said, “Mark Leonard Winter as Edgar debased into the madman Poor Tom is also wonderful. His nakedness draped only by a tendril of tinsel, Winter is so persuasive in his lunacy that when Lear drops his own pants too, and he and Tom stumble around the storm together – real rain beating down on their uncovered skulls – chaos and comedy perfectly collide.”
Congratulations to Mark, and to the production.