The Helpmann Trophy is the artistic creation of internationally renowned silversmith Hendrik Forster.
The unique design of the Helpmann Trophy encapsulates the essential relationship of the theatre: the message communicated through the stage between the performer and audience. The stepped base of the Helpmann Trophy symbolises the stage. The square column represents the performer, and the four sides each of the temperaments he or she can express: choleric (anger); phlegmatic (cool, self-possessed, even of temper); sanguine (courageous, hopeful and amorous); and melancholic (sadness, depression of spirit). The triangular form suggests the face mask used in classical Greek theatre, and the crown the amphitheatre and audience. Finally, the hierarchical design fittingly portrays the audience sitting at the apex of the piece.
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