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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 27, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    Gimme gimme gimme – Fringe awards

    Laurence Mackin

    After 16 days, more than 100 shows, 460 performances, and 40 venues the Fringe 2010 has taken its final bow. But before it exited gracefully off the stage, there were the Fringe Awards to hand out.

    The organisers must be plenty pleased with themselves – this year’s Fringe had more sold out shows than ever, so all you audience members deserve a hearty high five for digging into your pockets in tough times.

    But back to the shiny stuff. The jury panel for this year’s awards was as follows: Deirdre Roycroft , chairwoman of panel; Richard Brickley Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard; Stephanie Courtney, OmnicomMediaGroup; Jim Culleton, Fishamble; Emma Donnellan, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard; Orla Flanagan, Fishamble; Jessica Hilliard, formerly with the Dublin Theatre Festival; David Horan, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre; Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland and Arts Council member; and Bernadette Larkin, Airfield.

    (Fumbles with shiny envelope): And the awards go to …..

    Best Design – €500
    Winner:
    Noeline Kavanagh (artistic director, Macnas) for The Wild Hunt and The Sleepwalker

    Other Nominees:
    Paul O’Mahoney for Medea
    Ciaran O’Melia for As You Are Now So Once Were We
    Kate Nic Chonaonaigh and Louise White for From The Heart
    Ger Clancy for Escape From The Dead Zoo

    Bewley’s Cafe Theatre Award – €2000
    Winner:
    Aonghus Óg McAnally (Show in a bag) for Fight Night

    Other Nominees:
    Will Irvine and Karl Quinn (Show in a Bag) for Connected
    Polar Bear for Return
    John Cronin and Caitríona Ní Mhurchú (Show in a bag) for The Sit
    Nodding Dog Theatre Company for I am a Man

    Best Male Performer – €500
    Winner:
    Aonghus Óg McAnally (Show in a bag) for Fight Night

    Other Nominees:
    Jonno Katz for Cactus, The Seduction
    Barry O’Connor for Heroin
    a smith for the next two days of everything
    John Cronin for The Sit

    Best Female Performer - €500
    Winner:
    Claire Barrett for I heart Alice heart I

    Other Nominees:
    Eileen Walsh for Medea
    Sonya Kelly for The Truth of The Moon
    Hilary O’Shaughnessy for Berlin Love Tour
    A n for Listowel Syndrome

    Fishamble New Writing Award
    Winner:
    I heart Alice heart I (Amy Conroy – Hot for Theatre)

    Other Nominees:
    World’s End Lane – (Louise Lowe/ Anu Productions)
    Strollinstown – (Diet Of Worms)
    Berlin Love Tour – (Lynda Radley/Playgroup)

    Best Off-Site Production – €1,500
    Winner:
    World’s End Lane (Anu Productions)

    Other Nominees:
    Liffeytown – Fergal McCarthy
    The Wild Hunt and The Sleepwalker – Macnas
    Berlin Love Tour – Playgroup
    From The Heart – Louise White and Kate Nic Chonaonaigh

    Spirit of the Fringe Commissioning Award – €4,000
    Winner:
    TheatreClub - Heroin

    Other Nominees:
    Louise White and Kate Nic Chonaonaigh – From The Heart
    La Di Da Theatre Company – Lipstick Service
    Aoife McAtamney/D.I.S.H Dance Collective – The Spinner
    Emma Martin – Listowel Syndrome

    Best Production – €750
    Winner:
    As You Are Now So Once Were We – The Company

    Other Nominees:
    Medea – Siren Productions
    The Wild Hunt and The Sleepwalker – Macnas
    Little Iliad – One Reed Theatre
    The Ballet Ruse – Emma O’Kane and Muirne Bloomer

    Fringe Wild Card
    Winner:
    Emma Martin, Listowel Syndrome

    • michael dempsey says:

      So sorry Medea or Eileen Walsh didn’t win anything. I have rarely seen anything so good

    • martin conneeely says:

      Yes, eileen walsh and medea were powerful. Great set, too. But more mainstream than fringe.

    • Laurence Mackin says:

      I thought Medea was a very good show, Eileen Walsh gave a very good performance though I did wonder about a few aspects of it that didn’t sit quite right with me. I’m quite surprised it didn’t win Best Design because I thought the set was terrific, especially in the final quarter, though I missed the opening night so I can’t unfortunately compare the two.

      Martin – I agree on the mainstream aspect, and made this point a few times. A great show nonetheless, no doubt it will reappear in some shape or form elsewhere.


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