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Total Theatre Awards shortlists announced

By | Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Total Theatre Awards

More awards for you now, and one of our favourites amongst the long line of Festival gongs. The Total Theatre Awards have been celebrating the ’total theatre experience’ at the Fringe almost as long as we’ve been covering it, And today they announced the shortlists for their 2015 programme.

There are five categories this year: physical and visual theatre; innovation, experimentation and playing with form; emerging; circus; and, for the first time, a standalone prize for dance.

That new final category is being presented in association with London venue The Place, and its Director of Theatre & Artist Development explained to ThreeWeeks earlier today: “There are lots of great, bold dance shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and thousands of people there to see them. There are shows that deserve to be talked about and, in joining forces with Total Theatre to sponsor this new award, The Place is hoping to fuel the conversation amongst the audience and the critics about what makes a unforgettable piece of dance performance”.

So, let’s get that conversation started. Here are this year’s Total Theatre Award shortlists, chosen from no less than 522 eligible shows. Overall winners will be announced on 28 Aug.

Shows By An Emerging Company/Artist
Angry (The Pub Corner Poets), Sweet Grassmarket.
The Beanfield (Breach), theSpace on the Mile.
The Downhill Journey Of Little Tommy (Theater aan Zee and Richard Jordan Productions), Summerhall.
Jack Rooke: Good Grief (Jack Rooke), Underbelly.
Just A Few Words (StammerMouth), Clouds And Soil.

Physical / Visual Theatre
4×4 Ephemeral Architectures (Gandini Juggling), Assembly George Square Theatre.
Antiwords (Spitfire Company in association with Aurora Nova), Summerhall.
Douglas (Robbie Synge), Zoo.
Grandad And Me (The Letter J), Summerhall.
Oog (Al Seed), Dance Base.
Underneath (Fishamble: The New Play Company) Dance Base.

Innovation, Experimentation & Playing With Form
Can I Start Again Please (Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah), Summerhall.
Le Gateau Chocolat: Black (Assembly Festival, Soho Theatre and nitroBEAT), Assembly.
The Gideon & Hubcap Show (Groundswell Theatricals / Something For The Weekend), Underbelly.
Jamie Wood – O No! (Jamie Wood), Assembly.
Now Listen To Me Very Carefully (Bootworks), Pleasance.
Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me) (The Place Presents: Lost Dog), Summerhall.
Portraits In Motion (Volker Gerling in association with Aurora Nova), Summerhall.
To Sleep To Dream (EarFilms), Summerhall.
Tomorrow (Vanishing Point, in co-production with Brighton Festival, Tramway, Cena Contemporanea), Traverse Theatre.
The Voice Thief (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company), Summerhall.

Total Theatre & The Place Award For Dance
Boys Who Like To Plays With Dolls (Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel, [email protected]),
Dance Base.
Correction (VerTeDance/Jirí Havelka/Clarinet Factory), Zoo.
Give Me A Reason To Live (Claire Cunningham), Dance Base.
Idiot-Syncrasy (The Place presents: Igor and Moreno) Summerhall.
Vertical Influences (Le Patin Libre), Assembly.

Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award For Circus
B-Orders (Palestinian Circus Company in association with Aurora Nova), Underbelly.
Elephant in the Room (Underbelly Productions and Cirque Le Roux), Underbelly.
La Meute (The Wolf Pack) (Underbelly Productions and La Meute), Underbelly.
Ringside (Ellie Dubios), Summerhall.
Smoke and Mirrors (theRICOCHETproject), Assembly.