Billy Mack among first round of Fringe Firsts

Billy Mack, a former double winner at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, has been recognised in the opening round of this year’s Scotsman Fringe First awards at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Continuous Growth, the follow up to last year’s Overcoat in which Mack stars, is one of two productions at the Pleasance to be rewarded. The other is Juana in a Million by Vicky Araico Casas, about a young Mexican woman who arrives in London.

At the Traverse, All That Is Wrong, the final part in Ontroerend Goed’s trilogy about growing up, was recognised, as was Bravo Figaro! by Mark Thomas. The final award went to the Pepperdine University’s production of Peter Arnott’s new play Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? at C Venues.

Commenting on the awards, The Scotsman chief critic Joyce McMillan told The Stage: “There is no shortage of new drama on the fringe. I do think that there is a huge amount of work by and about troubled young people. There is a very upset generation of people in their teens and early twenties producing a lot of work. Some about body image, some of it about the failure of politics and cultural impacts.”

* The Stage’s Edinburgh reviews

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