ED2011 News

First Fringe Firsts presented

By | Published on Saturday 13 August 2011

Mission Drift

The Scotsman have dished out their first set of Fringe First prizes for the year, and it’s a bumper bundle, with seven shows being awarded the honour at the end of Week One. Fringe First’s are presented to what The Scotsman review team consider are the best productions of brand new plays at the festival.

As is customary, The Traverse dominates the first list, taking three of the first Fringe Firsts, for The TEAM’s ‘Mission Drift’ (pictured), the Traverse’s own ‘Futureproof’, a collaboration with the Dundee Rep Ensemble, and ‘The Wheel’, the latest production from the always dependable National Theatre Of Scotland.

But other venues do get a look in. Two Pleasance shows appear, Analogue Theatre’s ‘2401 Objects’ and Blind Summit Theatre’s ‘The Table’. The other winners were Fishamble’s ‘Silent’ at Dance Base, and ‘Somewhere Beneath It All, A Small Fire Burns Still’, which stars ThreeWeeks favourite Phil Nichol and is a JV between the Gilded Balloon themselves, Nichol’s Comedian’s Theatre Company and Festival Highlights.

Scotsman Arts Editor Andrew Eaton Lewis provides his comments on the winners here.

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