Hot tickets! Scotsman Fringe First winners announced


Posted by to The Blog on August 17th

On Friday, the Scotsman announced 2010’s first round of winners of the Fringe First award; the longest running prize at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Winners of the accolade, given in recognition of outstanding new theatrical writing, are announced every Friday during the Fringe.

Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, a hub for new Scottish writing all year round, received three of the six awards. In Traverse 2, Scottish playwright DC Jackson’s My Romantic History is a touching story of how our past encounters can come back to haunt us in future relationships, produced by the Bush Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and the Birmingham Rep. Also showing in Traverse 2 is Speechless, a new play based on Marjorie Wallace’s book The Silent Twins, co-produced by Shared Experience and Sherman Cymru.

The Traverse has also branched further off site than in the past couple of years, with site-specific work and venues at St Stephen’s Church and the Scottish Book Trust, which houses the third winner, White, by Andy Manley. Produced by acclaimed Scotland-based children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels, this show is their first aimed at very young children and is delighting old and young alike.

The National Theatre of Scotland’s co-production with Frantic Assembly, Beautiful Burnout, also scooped an award. Showing at the Pleasance Courtyard, Bryony Lavery’s play explores the highly-charged and controversial world of boxing in an incredibly physical production.

Renny Krupinski’s Bare at theSpaces on the Mile also gets up close and personal with the world of combat, exploring the violence and destructive relationships of a bare-knuckle fighter staying afloat in the underworld. Manchester company Bareback Theatre’s production was also an award winner in the International Mobil Playwriting Competition.

At the Gilded Balloon, playwright Stewart Permutt’s haunting tragi-comedy Real Babies Don’t Cry explores friendship through the bizarre purchase of a life-like newborn baby doll which, for its mother, soon becomes and obsession.

All these shows will now be selling fast so get your tickets now!

By Vikki Jones

Tickets available from www.edfringe.com or direct from venues:

Traverse Theatre www.traverse.co.uk

Pleasance www.pleasance.co.uk

theSpaces on the Mile @ The Radisson tel. 0845 508 8316 (10am-10.30pm)

Gilded Balloon www.gildedballoon.co.uk

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