ED2011 News

Another Edinburgh awards round up

By | Published on Monday 29 August 2011

Sailing On

OK, let’s do one more awards round up shall we? As previously noted, the last days of the Edinburgh Fringe are something of an awards frenzy. And here’s the winner lists from some more Festival award programmes.

Total Theatre Awards
First up, the previously reported Total Theatre Awards, and from the lengthy shortlists announced earlier in the Festival, six overall prizes were presented last week, one in the Emerging Talent category, two in the Physical, Visual Or Devised Performance category, and three in the Innovation & Experimentation strand. An award for Significant Contribution To The Field Of Total Theatre was also presented, to Judith Knight

Before we list the winners in the main categories, here are some words from Total Theatre Awards Director Pippa Bailey: “This year we have been delighted by the diverse range of work, and have been intrigued by emerging themes such as alcohol, which was touched on in several productions, and gender, which is always a fascinating subject, and its influence could be seen across a range of high quality productions this year including one of the winners of our award for innovation. We have also been delighted by the international elements of the pieces chosen for award, including Poland’s ‘Turandot’ and ‘Tania el Khoury’ from Lebanon”.

The Winners were as follows:

ShadyJane for ‘Sailing On’ at New Town Theatre (pictured)

Physical/ Visual/ Devised
Bunk Puppets and Scamp Theatre for ‘Swamp Juice’ at Underbelly Cowgate
NeTTheatre for ‘Turandot’ at New Town Theatre

Tania el Khoury for ‘Maybe If You Choreograph Me, You Will Feel Better’ at Forest Fringe
Look Left, Look Right for ‘You Once Said Yes’ as part of the Underebelly programme
The Arches and Adrian Howells for ‘May I Have The Pleasure?’ at the Traverse @ The Point Hotel Conference Centre

The Stage Awards For Acting Excellence
Second up, here are the winners from this year’s acting awards run by The Stage, which celebrate professional acting talent at the Festival. Says judge and The Stage’s Scotland Correspondent Thom Dibden: “I have been coming to the Fringe and reviewing for The Stage for the last 16 or 17 years and over that time I think the difference has been that instead of people having one skill – acting or physical theatre or mime or whatever – nowadays they use a whole suite of different genres of performance to tell a story. The standard of the acting talent on the Fringe this year has been very high, I have been very impressed. Even though there are a lot more plays on the Fringe, there hasn’t been a dilution in the quality of the performances”.

And the winners were:

Best Actor: Billy Mack for ‘The Overcoat’ at the Pleasance Dome
Best Actress: Alessija Lause for ‘Danny And The Deep Blue Sea’ at St George’s West
Best Ensemble: Citizens Theatre for ‘The Monster In The Hall’ at the Traverse Theatre
Best Solo Performer: Gerard Logan for ‘The Rape Of Lucrece’ at Zoo Southside

Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize
Next up, the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, presented by the EIF to a production company performing at the Fringe each year. Winners of this prize present an ‘in development’ piece at the following year’s International Festival. And this year’s winners were THE TEAM for their show ‘Mission Drift’ at the Traverse Theatre.

Says EIF Artistic Director Jonathan Mills: “Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe sees a rush of exciting artists present their work in what remains an epic showcase for the performing arts. The Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize brings a fresh opportunity for some of the most innovative of these artists to develop new ideas and conversations”.

Herald Angel Awards
And finally finally, let’s quickly sum up the other Angel Awards that The Herald has dished out this Festival, since the previously reported first helping earlier this month. Other winners were as follows:

Week 2 winners
Mokwha Repertory Company for ‘The Tempest’ at the Edinburgh International Festival
Banana Bag & Bodice for ‘Beowulf: A Thousand Years Of Baggage’ at Assembly George Square
NeTTheatre for ‘Turandot’ at New Town Theatre
Shock N Awe for ‘Muscle’ at Zoo Roxy
The ‘These Silences’ literature programme at Summerhall
Jazz pianist Louisa Durra
Archangel winner: Simon Callow for ‘Tuesday For Tesco’ at Assembly Hall
Little Devil winner: Jim Haynes, a Festival stalwart who needed heart surgery on arrival this year

Week 3 winners
Amjad Ali Khan for his ‘Morning Ragas’ at the Edinburgh International Festival
Wu Wei for his performances at the Edinburgh International Festival
Andy Field, Ira Brand and Debbie Pearson for the Forest Fringe
Robert McDowell and his team for Summerhall
Fuel for ‘The Simple Things In Life’ at the Botanic Gardens
Archangel winner: Max Stafford-Clark for ‘A Dish Of Tea With Dr Johnson’
Little Devil winner: Zoo Southside for overcoming power supply problems