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More Fringe Firsts presented

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Simon Callow

How about another batch of those Fringe First awards The Scotsman so enjoy dishing out each Friday of the Fringe? Celebrating new playwriting at the Festival, the Fringe Firsts go to what the broadsheet’s review team consider to be the best productions of brand new plays within the Fringe’s theatre programme.

Among the second batch of Fringe First winners were:

‘Tuesday At Tescos’ at Assembly, the English language adaptation of Emmanuel Darley’s ‘Le Mardi a Monoprix’, starring Simon Callow (pictured) as transexual Pauline.

‘Allotment’ by Jules Horne and produced by Nutshell, also part of the Assembly programme, though staged on an allotment in Inverleith.

‘Your Last Breath’ by Curious Directive, at the Pleasance Dome.

‘Release’ by Icon Theatre, also at the Pleasance Dome.

‘An Instinct For Kindness’, at the Pleasance Dome yet again, a play written and performed by Chris Larner and about his real-life experiences last year when he accompanied his terminally ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic.

‘The Oh Fuck Moment’ at St George’s West, by poet Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe.

‘Scary Gorgeous’ from RashDash Theatre, who won the same prize for their 2010 production, and who return to Bedlam Theatre again this year.

And finally there is the compulsory win for a Traverse presentation, with ‘Ten Plagues’ – aka the Mark Almond show – getting a Fringe First prize, the music for this piece by Conor Mitchell and the libretto by Mark Ravenhill.

Well done one and all and one.

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