This year’s outstanding Standard Bank Ovation Award winners were:

Gold Standard Bank Ovation Award winners
XOVA – South African State Theatre

Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award winners
FRUIT – Sketch Productions (Theatre)
WARONA – Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective (Theatre)
UNFATHOMABLE by Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis (Theatre)
LOST & FOUND – Matchbox Theatre Collective and Theatre on Pointe (Dance)

Bronze Standard Bank Ovation Winners
CURRENTLY (G)OLD – Kwasha Theatre Company (Theatre)
(W)ASEM – Terence Makapan (Theatre)
A PLACE OF KNOWING – Intsusa in collaboration with TheatreDuo (Theatre)
UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY – Young Outreach Artists (Theatre)
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING – FollowSpot Productions (Comedy)

Standard Bank Ovation Cut Above Winners
QUAVA by Quava Vocal Choir (Music Recital and Review)
UMTHOMBO – Amandla Danca Teatro ZA (Dance, Physical or Visual Theatre)
BENNY BUSHWACKER – Mamba Productions (Comedy)
FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT – Sizile Arts Collective (Theatre)

Standard Bank Ovation Ensemble Award Winners
Awarded to an ensemble cast
The cast of CURRENTLY (G)OLD by Kwasha Theatre Company (Theatre)
The cast of PLACE OF KNOWING by Intsusa & Theatre Duo (Theatre)
The cast of UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY by the Young Outreach Artists (Theatre)
The cast of WARONA by the Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective (Theatre)
The cast of JEREMIAH FYAH ISES AND THE BAAKAHYAAD BAND by Jeremiah Fyah Ises (Contemporary Music)

Standard Bank Ovation Solo Award Winners
Awarded to a single performer
FRUIT – Matshidiso Mokoteli (Theatre)
HOW TO BE A POLITICIAN IN SOUTH AFRICA 2019 – Nkosinathi Maki (Comedy)
WHEN COASTS MEET– Khwezi Becker (Theatre)
(W)ASEM – Terence Makapan (Theatre)
BENNY BUSHWHACKER – Ben Voss (Comedy)

Standard Bank Ovation Spirit of the Fringe Award
Awarded to performers or productions whose work represented the spirit and variety of the Fringe
THE BLIND DATEby the South African Library for the Blind
JR NKOSI DUO by JR Nkosi
FollowSpot Productions
Rob van Vuuren
Stuart Lightbody

The full list of the productions that received Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the 2019 National Arts Festival are:

Saturday 6 July

A FAINT PATCH OF LIGHT – Sizile Arts Collective
MAKHANDA KWANTU CHOIR: VOICE DANCE! – Kwantu Group

Friday 5 July

047 – Muthaland Entertainment
iGRUFFALO – National Arts Festival / Tall Stories UK
YOUR PERFECT LIFE – F Creations
BENNY BUSHWHACKER – Mamba Productions
UMNOTHO THE ECONOMY – Young Outreach Artists
(W)asem – Terence Makapan
WALLS & PILLOWS – Peo Entle Production
WARONA – Ukwanda Puppets & Design Art Collective

Thursday 4 July

XOVA – South African State Theatre
THE CHOCOLATE CHRONICLES – Siv Ngesi Productions

Wednesday 3 July

FRUIT – Sketch Productions
CLIQUE CLAQ

Tuesday 2 July

WHEN COASTS MEET
A STAR IS BORN – THE RISE AND FALL OF JUDY GARLAND – Wela Kapela Productions
JEREMIAH FYAH ISES AND THE BAAKAHYAAD BAND – Jeremiah Fyah Ises
CURRENTLY (G)OLD – Kwasha Theatre Company

Monday 1 July

NGUVU YA MBEGU – Abengcongolo Collective
UMTHOMBO – Amandla Danca Teatro ZA
FRIZZ POP – Frizz Pop Comedy
SAXMAN ANDREW YOUNG & BAND
HOW TO BE A POLITICIAN IN SOUTH AFRICA – 2019 – Maki Holdings (Pty) Ltd
THE SYRINGA TREE

Sunday 30 June

UNFATHOMABLE
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING – FollowSpot Productions

Saturday 29 June

TATS IS CANCELLED – Siv Ngesi Productions
LOST & FOUND – Matchbox Theatre Collective and Theatre on Pointe
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & THE BIG BAD METAPHORS – University of Pretoria
MOTHER EARTH – Nan Hua Temple

Friday 28 June

A PLACE OF KNOWING – Intsusa in collaboration with TheatreDuo
QUAVA VOCAL GROUP

2019 Student Awards
The winners of the 2019 Student Awards were also announced at the Standard Bank Ovation Awards ceremony. They are:

Best Writer

The writer of LE JOURNAL
The Market Theatre Laboratory

Best Director

Noluthando Mpho Sibisi for SALT – Rhodes University

Best Actors

The cast of LE JOURNAL (Boipelo Mahabane, Khanya Zibaya, Khanyisile Malatsi, Khethukhuthula Jele, Miriam Mayet, Mosehlana Mamaregane, Mpho Khobane, Ndumiso Mazibuko, Sicelo Buthelezi, Wonder Ndlovu, Violet Moeng)
The Market Theatre Laboratory

Best Ensemble

The Ensemble of:

PHITLHO (THE HIDDEN) – Kuena Khama, Ipelegeng Leepile, Hlobile Makukule, Lehloanyane Mohapi, Koketso Motlhabane, Bathabile Ngxingweni, Maboroko Ramusi, Sebenzile Sibiya, and Jaco Van Zyl.
AFDA Johannesburg

Best Overall Student Production

SALT
Rhodes University

The 2019 Standard Bank Ovations Awards panel were:
Pesa Pheko, Mxolisi Masilela, Keabetswe Motlhale, Thami Mbongo, Alfredo Brillenbourg, Kgomotso Ditshwene, Sizwe Zuma, Tiisetso Tlelima, Phemello Hellemann, Michèle de Villiers, Themba Mbuli, Mziyanda Mancam, Chumani Mtshixa, Tsepiso Nzayo, Lonwabo Xatasi, Nomthandazo Nxabela, Tinyiko Barbara Ngobeni, Zizipho Matu, Bob Meijs, Bailey Snyman, Ralph Howell, Hannah Howell, Tara Notcutt, Hannah Ma, Steven Fales, Fundi Liphaphang and Mandisi Sindo.
Nondumiso Lwazi Msimang adjudicated the Student Theatre Awards.