And the winners are . . .
It was glamorama at the Spiegeltent’s last night (sob) in Dublin’s docklands for the 2009 Fringe Awards. Hosted by La Clique’s Mario Queen of the Circus and with performances by Ponydance, Shane Byrne, The Candidates and The Amazing Few, it was a fitting send-off for a beloved venue and a fun finale to a fabulous festival. For those of you who missed the mayhem, here’s a list of the winners…
Best Design – €500
For outstanding lighting, set, sound, costume and/or graphic design and is the only theatre award in Ireland to acknowledge sound and design.
Ger Clancy for Waterworn
Sinéad Wallace for 12 Minute Dances (Rex Levitates)
Aideen McDonald for Madame Butterfly
Oh, Francis for Oh! Fringe
Ger and Andrew Clancy for Waterworn
Bewleys Cafe Theatre Award – €2000
This award is presented to the best Irish ABSOLUT FRINGE show under an hour. The prize is the opportunity to remount the show in Bewley’s for a two-week run at lunch time in 2008.
Cirque De Legume
Manchán Magan for ‘Broken Croí / Heart Briste’
Cirque de Legume
Lisa Tierney-Keogh for ’4 Last Things’
Leonor Bethencourt for ‘The Legend of Zoccoro’
Best Male Performer – €500
Patrick Moffatt & Paul Lum (Holiday)
Karl Quinn for ‘Anatomy of a Seagull’ (Loose Canon)
Bruno Humberto and Borja Sagasti from 2 Divide
Patrick Moffatt and Paul Lum from Holiday
Jamie Carswell for ‘Cirque de Legume’ and ‘The Blanch’ (Carpet Theatre)
Best Female Performer – €500
Maeve Fitzgerald (Basin)
Caroline Simon for ‘Stuck‘
Caitriona Ni Mhurchu for ‘Anatomy of a Seagull’ (Loose Canon)
Maeve Fitzgerald for ‘Basin’ (Anu Productions)
Jane McGrath for ’4 Last Things’ (Lisa Tierney-Keogh)
Claire Barrett for ‘Power Point’ (The Performance Corporation)
Fishamble New Writing Award
Presented to the best play by a new or emerging Irish (or Irish-based) playwright premiered during the Fringe. The prize includes a scholarship place on a playwriting course, dramaturgical support and a €1000 stipend towards the playwright’s next play.
Grace Dyas (Rough – THEATREclub)
Black Bessie – Una Kavanagh
Rough – Grace Dyas
Johnny Meister and the Stitch – Rosemary Jenkinson
4 Last Things – Lisa Tierney Keogh
Broken Croí, Heart Briste – Manchán Magan
Best Spiegeltent Show
To the best night in the tent, or to the best performer in the tent over the 16 nights. Not including La Clique.
Synth Eastwood has you surrounded
Vertical Rhythm Club
Spirit of the Fringe Commissioning Award – €4,000
Presented in association with Project Arts Centre
Presented in association with Project Arts Centre to the company that best embodies the Spirit of the Fringe – fresh, brave and exciting. The prize is a €4000 commissioning grant for a new show to be produced for the Dublin Fringe Festival 2008 in Project Cube. Usually presented to an Irish company.
The Company for ‘Who is Fergus Kilpatrick?’
THEATREclub for ‘Rough’ and ‘Group Therapy for One’
Úna McKevitt for ‘Victor and Gord Cubed’
Ponydance for ‘Where did it all go right?’
Untitled Theatrics for ‘This is Not a Drill’
Best Production – €750
Presented to the show or event that displays excellence in every area of production.
Miranda Driscoll and Michael Flemming in association with The Joinery for ‘The Enemies’
Origamibiro and the joy of box Live
Melanie Wilson and Fuel for ‘Iris Brunette’
Ranters Theatre for ‘Holiday’
Lisa Tierney-Keogh for ’4 Last Things’
ABSOLUT FRINGE Wild Card
Paula O’Reilly, Ponydance
2009 ABSOLUT FRINGE Panel of Judges
Sarah Pyle – Chairwoman of Judging Panel; Cian O Brien (Independent Producer); Peter Daly (Actor); Sheena Barrett (Arts Officer, Dublin City County Council); Thyrza Ging (Casting Director); Adrian O’Connor (Marketing Consultant); Aidan Kelly (Photographer & DJ); Siobhan Bourke (Irish Theatre Institute); Paul Carton (Administrator, Cois Céim Dance Theatre Co.); Jessica Kennedy (Artistic Director, Junk Ensemble); Liam Halligan (Director/Actor); Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (musician).