Sunday 26 August 2012 | By Chris Cooke
Final Fringe Firsts and Angels presented
The final batches of Festival gongs from The Scotsman and The Herald have been presented for 2012.
The Scotsman, whose Fringe Firsts go to productions of new works, of course, reserved its final prizes for shows at the Traverse, Assembly, Pleasance and Zoo, and a flurry for Southall’s programme. Awards went to Chris Goode & Company and the Unicorn Theatre for ‘Monkey Bars’ (Traverse Theatre), Nutshell for ‘Thread’ (Assembly St Mark’s), Fishamble for ‘The Wheelchair On My Face’ (Pleasance Courtyard) and Sell A Door and Boxed Cat for ‘Rainbow’ (Zoo Southside).
While winning Summerhall productions were Silva Gallerano & Cristian Ceresoli’s ‘The Shit/La Merda’, Song Of The Goat Theatre’s ‘Songs Of Lear’ (pictured) and Jenna Watt’s ‘Flaneurs’. A ‘Spirit Of The Fringe’ award was also presented by The Scotsman to existing Fringe First winner ‘Theatre Uncut’, the political playwriting venture at the Trav.
The final batch of Herald Angels included four gongs for performers at the Edinburgh International Festival. Ballet Preljocaj won an award for its two dance productions, Romanian theatre director Silviu Purcarete for his ambitious retelling of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, and Fringe favourite Camille O’Sullivan for her EIF debut, a performance of Shakespeare’s epic poem ‘The Rape Of Lucrece’, while Christiane Karg, who stepped in at the last minute to perform as part of the International Festival’s Queens Hall music programme, was also honoured.
Fringe wise, Duncan Chisholm won recognition for his show at the Acoustic Music Centre, and a prize went to Alexander McCall Smith, Tom Cunningham and Dovecot Studios for their production ‘A Tapestry Of Many Threads’. Meanwhile Song Of Goat Theatre added to their Fringe First with an Archangel award from The Herald, and another Summerhall show, ‘Cadillac’, won the paper’s Little Devil award, for overcoming licensing issues around the musical element of their show by having the band play in the Summerhall pub, with the music leaking out into the performance area.