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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 21, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    And the winners are . . .

    Fiona McCann

    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.
    Winner:
    Ger Clancy for Waterworn

    Other Nominees:
    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.

    Winner:
    Cirque De Legume

    Other Nominees:
    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
    Winner:
    Patrick Moffatt & Paul Lum (Holiday)
    Other Nominees:
    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
    Winner:
    Maeve Fitzgerald (Basin)

    Other Nominees:
    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.

    Winner:
    Grace Dyas (Rough – THEATREclub)
    Other Nominees:
    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.
    Winner:
    Camille O’Sullivan
    Other Nominees:
    Nico Muhly
    Camille O’Sullivan
    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.

    Winner:
    The Company
    Other Nominees:
    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.
    Winner:
    Iris Brunette
    Other Nominees:
    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
    Winner:
    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).

    • mise says:

      What a relief. I read the post title and thought I’d missed a giveaway.

    • unarocks says:

      Really glad Úna McKevitt got the nod for the Spirit award. Such a great production.

    • Fiona says:

      Mise: Ha! Well, you did miss a cracking night, and the last night of the Fringe/Spiegeltent collaboration. It’s been good times.

      Unarocks: Missed that particular production, but have heard good things about it. It’s so hard to keep up with the Fringe stuff. Feel like I’ve seen about 100 Fringe shows, and still missed at least half the nominees listed above.

    • Cathy says:

      So happy “The Company” won! It was obvious they had put lots of hard work into their production. Great entertainment


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