Final Fringe First winners of 2013 revealed
Scotsman arts editor Andrew Eaton-Lewis reveals our ﬁnal list of Fringe First winners – meet them at our free awards show, 10am today
For Their Own Good
A show that begins with two men killing horses in a slaughterhouse starts to take on a new meaning as it emerges that one of the men is reaching the end of his own useful life.
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Gardening: For the Unfulfilled and Alienated
Performed to two people at a time in a tiny shed, Brad Birch’s play tells of a man’s journey from banal ofﬁce work to gardener with a sinister secret. About feeling alive and the frustration that can build up if you don’t.
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Bryony Kimmings’ brave, original show at the Pleasance, created with her niece Taylor Houchen, explores what it means to care for a young girl in a world that seems determined to do the opposite. Far from po-faced polemic, it’s a riotous, fantastical portrait of growing up, and the power of pop culture.
Choose Your Own Documentary
Inspired by 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure stories, Nathan Penlington has created a clever, nostalgic show at the Gilded Balloon in which he tries to track down the person who previously owned his copies of the books. The twist is, his audience choose the path this journey will take.
Through the story of Joe, a regular guy and self-made man whose wife died from cancer, Michael Milligan’s mesmerising solo show delivers a harrowing indictment of American healthcare – a system responsible for more than 60 per cent of personal bankruptcies in the USA.
In Nick Steur’s remarkable piece of performance art, at Summerhall, he balances stones and rocks on top of each other in ways that often seem impossible, while his recorded narration talks us through the experience. A rare and beautiful show, unlike anything else on the Fringe.
11 reasons to go to the Scotsman’s Fringe Awards show
IF YOU’RE reading this before around 9:30am on Friday morning, there’s still time to get yourself along to Assembly Hall for The Scotsman’s FREE Fringe Awards show, which starts at 10am. Here are 11 reasons why you should…
1 There’s live music from today’s cover stars Sadie and the Hotheads (currently appearing at the New Town Theatre) – whose singer, Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern is also our special guest presenter this â€¨morning.
2 TV and stage star Blythe Duff will be performing an extract from Ciara, David Harrower’s five-star, Fringe First-winning new play at the Traverse.
3 Japjit Kaur from Yael Farber’s Fringe First winner Nirbhaya, at Assembly, will be performing music from the show.
4 South African vocal trio The Soil, whose joyous show at Assembly got a four-star review in this magazine last week, will be our opening music act.
5 You’ll get to meet the final winners of this year’s Fringe First awards – the prizes we give out each week of the festival in recognition of outstanding new writing premiered at the Fringe. The awards celebrate their 40th anniversary this year – to read about this week’s winners, look to your right.
6 We’ll be announcing the winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award – which puts up the money for one Fringe show to be performed in New York.
7 We’ll be announcing the winner of the Holden Street Theatres Award, which supports one Fringe company each year to take their show to the Adelaide Fringe.
8 We’ll be announcing the winner of the Brighton Fringe Award, which supports one winning company to take its show to next year’s Brighton Fringe.
9 We’ll be announcing the winner of the The Arches Brick Award – who will get a chance to restage their show at the respected Glasgow theatre and music venue in 2014.
10 Finally, we’ll be revealing the winner of the Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe prize – awarded each year to a person or organisation that embodies the spirit of the Fringe.
11 It’ll be FUN.
If you haven’t already filled out the ticket form we printed in our Festival magazine earlier in the month, don’t worry. We’re in a much bigger venue this year, and as today’s magazine went to press, there were still enough seats to accommodate people who leave it until this morning before deciding to come along. While we can offer no guarantee, and ticket-holders and invited guests will take priority, it’s highly likely we’ll be able to get you in.
The Scotsman Fringe Awards, Assembly Hall, 10am today.