Summerhall picks up three more Fringe Firsts

Summerhall has picked up another four accolades in the final round of Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, at a ceremony which included details of a five further major awards.

Three productions based at the venue, which is now being run as a year-round arts complex, received Fringe Firsts. They are Jenna Watt’s solo work Flaneurs, Songs of Lear by Polish company Song of the Goat, and Silvia Gallerano for The Sh*t/La Merda.

Monkey Bars, Chris Goode’s play which puts the words of eight to ten-year-olds in the mouths of adults, gave the Traverse Theatre its fifth Fringe First of the festival. Sell A Door’s Rainbow, written and directed by Emily Jenkins at Zoo, Fishamble’s The Wheelchair on My Face at Pleasance and Nutshell’s site specific piece Thread at Assembly were also recognised.

Silvia Gallerano also won an Arches Brick Award, which gives two emergent artists the chance to stage their work at the Glasgow Arches. The other Brick went to ToryCore, a project put together by Forest Fringe artist Lucy Ellinson with “lyrics by George Osborne and the architects of austerity”.

The Carol Tambor Award funds one production to appear in New York in January. Having presented the award to the cast of Mies Julie, the South African adaptation of Strinburg, Carol Tambor announced that they would be unable to fulfil the invitation due to a dates clash. However, previous winner Midsummer, the David Greig rom-com staring Cora Bissett, had been similarly unable to attend in 2009 but would be able to take its place.

Two productions in the Old Vic, New Voices season at Underbelly, Glory Dazed and Chapel Street, also received awards. Glory Dazed, Pat Jones’ play which reflects on the impact of war on veterans and how they try to reintegration into society, won the Holden Street Theatres Award, to appear in February at the Adelaide Fringe.

Chapel Street, written by Luke Barns and presented by Scrawl, won the Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award and will be invited to take part in next year’s Brighton Fringe. The Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe Award went to the Theatre Uncut season at the Traverse, curated by Emma Callendar and Sarah Brocklehurst.

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