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Many well-known stage and radio artists attended the Mac- quarie auditorium last night for the presentation of the 1946 Mac- quarie awards.
The chairman of directors, of 2GB, Mr. R. E. Denison, handed the awards to the winners-Catharine Duncan, for the best female starring role (in "Children in Uniform"); Peter Finch, for the best male star- ring role (in "Laughing Woman"); John Nugent Hayward for the best male supporting role (in "Duke in Darkness"); and Lyndall Barbour for the best female supporting role (in
The awards were a trophy and 100 guineas to each of the starring-role winners, and 50 guineas to the other two successful artists.
After receiving her trophy Miss Duncan said the awards had set the seal on radio drama as perhaps the only real national theatre of Austra- lia, and had made radio actors artists in their own right. The awards would also act as a stimulus in the improve- ment of the craft.
The chairman of the judges, Mr. F. D. Clewlow. Federal director of productions of the Australian Broad- casting Commission, said there had been complete agreement in the ad- judication. He congratulated the Macquarie network on the institution
of the awards.'
Mr. Clewlow said that many of the leading radio actors, in playing a large number of parts, showed a ten- dency to use the same method of approach to widely differing charac t terisations._