Summerhall Adds to Fringe First Awards Haul

The Stage / Thom Dibdin

Summerhall’s domination of the awards at the Edinburgh Fringe continues with week two of the Fringe First prizes.

Three of the seven awards given this week by the Scotsman newspaper for new writing on the Edinburgh Fringe go to the Southside venue.

There are also two wins for the Traverse and one each for Pleasance and Underbelly.

Chief judge Joyce McMillan described the award winners to The Stage as “a really interesting mix of completely new people to the list with established Fringe First winners who have come back with terrific work again“.

First-time winners include New Zealand company Bullet Heart Club at the Traverse with Daffodils, Abi Zakarian’s solo show Fabric performed by Nancy Sullivan at Underbelly, and Belgian company Bronks with Us/Them at Summerhall.

The fourth newcomer to the awards, Breach, with its show Tank at the Pleasance, was also under consideration last year.

McMillan added: “A Fringe First is an award for great new work on the fringe… [It] creates opportunities for new artists but it also creates opportunities for established people to try out different things and develop their work in ways that might be difficult to do in more formal settings.”

Returning companies winning awards include RashDash with Two Man Show for Northern Stage and Jenna Watt with Faslane, both at Summerhall. The final Fringe First goes to long-standing performer Mark Thomas with The Red Shed at the Traverse.