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More gongs: Malcolm Hardee, Herald and Stage awards presented

By | Published on Monday 26 August 2013

Adrienne Truscott

It’s a busy weekend for awards, the one at the end of the Fringe, with plenty of gongs being dished out. In addition to the previously reported Edinburgh Comedy Awards and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards, also presented were the Malcolm Hardee Awards, the final batch of Herald Angels and the Stage Awards. Which was a lot of ‘awards’ for one sentence.

There were three prizes to present at the previously reported Malcolm Hardee Awards on Friday night. Adrienne Truscott (pictured) won the award for Comic Originality for her free feminism-themed show tackling rape jokes, a show that later on Saturday afternoon also picked up the Panel Prize from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges.

Meanwhile Barry Ferns got the Cunning Stunt Award for his spoof editions of the ThreeWeeks and Broadway Baby daily sheets, filled with joke reviews and a 6/5 rave critique for his own show. The final winner we already knew, Gareth Ellis picked up the Pound Of Flesh Award (replacing the Act Most Likely To Make A Million Quid gong) for having his comedy partner punch him in the face to score some press.

At the final Herald Angels event of the year, the Glasgow broadsheet presented prizes to the following:

• Kate Tempest and Battersea Arts Centre for ‘Brand New Ancients’ at the Traverse.
• Gandini Juggling for ‘Smashed’ at Assembly Hall.
• Rant at Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s.
• Christine Tobin for ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’ in the British Vocal Jazz Festival at Le Monde.
• Christophe Roussett for ‘Les Talas Lyriques’ at the Edinburgh International Festival.

And to The Stage Awards For Acting Excellence, which are focused on professional acting talent at the Festival. And the winners were:

• Best Actor: Patrick O’Kane for ‘Quietly’ at the Traverse.
• Best Actress: Robyn Scott for ‘London Road, Sea Point’ at Assembly George Square.
• Best Ensemble: Theatre Ad Infinitum for ‘Ballad Of The Burning Star’ at Pleasance Dome.
• Best Solo Performer: Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag at Underbelly Cowgate.

Well done one and all.

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