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Editors’ Awards incoming, plenty more awards already in

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

ThreeWeeks Editors' Awards

The ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards take place once again tomorrow morning at 11am at the Surgeons Hall Library, within theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. We will celebrate the ten things that we think made this year’s Festival extra special. There are no categories, simply ten people, projects or performances who we think made this, the world’s largest ever cultural festival, so good. Look out for updates on Twitter @threeweeks as the winners are announced.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, more gongs than you could ever fit into a very large gong vehicle have been dished out to Fringe performers and the like, and here is a very quick summary of them all.

First up, the final batch of Fringe Firsts were presented by The Scotsman, with no Traverse shows this time round (shock! horror!) and two staged well away from the Fringe’s hub venues, with Common Wealth’s Fringe-Firsted ‘No Guts, No Heart, No Glory’ being performed in a community centre in Craigmillar and Grid Iron’s winning show as part of the Book Festival. The full final list of top new Fringe plays according to The Scotsman’s top new play watchers were as follows…

• ‘Spine’ from Foolscap/Soho Theatre at Underbelly Cowgate.
• ‘Travesti’ from Unbound Productions at Pleasance Dome.
• ‘Letters Home’ from Grid Iron at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
• ‘No Guts, No Heart, No Glory’ from Common Wealth at Sandy’s Boxing Gym.
• ‘Hand Made in China: Moons, Migration And Messages’ from Dumpling Dreams Theatre and Migration Project at Summerhall.
• ‘Pondling’ from Gúna Nua at Underbelly Cowgate.

Other prizes were presented at the same big bash as the final Fringe Firsts, these ones offering performance opportunities to winners elsewhere in the world. The Arches Brick Award, which comes with a booking at the Arches in Glasgow, went to two winners: Christeene for ‘The Christeene Machine’ (at Underbelly) and Christopher Brett Bailey for ‘This is How We Die’ (at Forest Fringe).

The Brighton Fringe Award was taken by Bucket Club for their show ‘Lorraine & Alan’ (at Pleasance Dome), the Holden Street Theatres Award, offering slots at the Adelaide Fringe, went to ‘Mush And Me’ (at Underbelly Cowgate) and ‘Blood At The Root’ (at Assembly George Square), while the Carol Tambor Award with its New York gig went to Geoff Sobelle for ‘The Object Lesson’ (at Summerhall).

Elsewhere, The Primary Times again celebrated the kid’s show Fringe with its Children’s Choice Award, going to Story Pocket Theatre for ‘Arabian Nights’ (at Gilded Balloon). Meanwhile ‘Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-up Comedian’ won The Scottish Arts Club / Edinburgh Guide Award (a show from the Traverse! Phew, we nearly had a whole awards update without the Trav getting a mention. No not nearly, there’s more to come).

The previously reported Total Theatre Awards were also presented yesterday, with the various winners as follows:

Shows By An Emerging Company/Artist: ‘Backstage In Biscuit Land’ from Touretteshero at Pleasance Courtyard.

Physical/Visual Theatre: ‘The Object Lesson’ from Aurora Nova/Geoff Sobelle at Summerhall.

Innovation, Experimentation & Playing With Form: ‘Lippy’ from Dead Centre at the Traverse AND ‘Near Gone’ from Two Destination Language / Escalator East To Edinburgh at Summerhall.

Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award For Circus: ‘Bromance’ from Barely Methodical Troupe at Underbelly.

Judges Award: ‘Looking For Paul’ from Wunderbaum et al at Summerhall AND ‘Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone’ from Soho Theatre at the Traverse.

Significant Contribution Award: ‘The World Mouse Plague’ from Ridiculusmus at Summerhall.

Back to The Stage’s awards for acting goodness now, and the trade mag has presented a Special Award to Chris Goode for his solo show ‘Men In The Cities’, also at the Trav. And finally for now, the also previously reported and very eco-friendly Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sustainable Practice Award has been won by The Handlebards, performing at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

And that is enough award giving. Until 11am tomorrow morning, obviously.

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