Sumerhall picks up two Herald Angels

Two shows at Summerhall, the arts complex venue now in its second year, have received Herald Angels in the second week of the Edinburgh fringe.

The Angels are awarded across the art forms by the Herald Newspaper to “recognise excellence in whatever field we find it”.

Stellar Quines’ production of Jennifer Tremblay’s The List, staring Maureen Beattie, and Polish Teatr performative piece with live vocal music, Zar’s Caesarian Section – Essays on Suicide, have both been recognised by the paper.

The Traverse has picked up a second award of the weekend for Emma Callendar and Sarah Brocklehurst’s curated season of short pieces under the Theatre Uncut banner, which also received a Fringe First on Friday.

At Zoo Venues, LaN-T003 from Japan was recognised for Jishin, a response to the 2011 earthquake. As Herald arts editor Keith Bruce commented: “The message is that when disaster strikes, the only sensible response is to take joy in your friends and your pets – and your ability to execute complex dance routines at dazzling speed, if that is a skill you possess.”

A Bank of Scotland Herald Archangel Award was given to actor and director Andy Manley, for his sustained and valued contribution over a number of years in children’s theatre. Best known as a co-devisor for Catherine Wheels’ White, he is currently performing in The Ballad of Pondlfe McGurk.

Further Angels went to the Suzuki Company of Toga for Waiting for Orestes: Electra in the International Festival, and chamber ensemble Ludus Baroque for its Canongate Kirk concerts of Handel and Bach.

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