Theatre Uncut, the programme of short, politically engaged breakfast plays, at Edinburgh’s Traverse theatre has won a Fringe First for the second year running.
The Fringe Firsts are given by the Scotsman newspaper to recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Six awards have been given this week.
This year’s Theatre Uncut plays all address the question: “Do we all get more right-wing in hard times?”. The programme includes new rapid-response plays from Neil LaBute, Tanika Gupta, Tim Price, Kieran Hurley, Clara Brennan and comedian Mark Thomas.
Two solo shows have also been recognised in the Fringe Firsts. Philip Ridley’s latest play Dark Vanilla Jungle is about a vulnerable teenage girl alone in London and is performed by Gemma Whelan at the Pleasance. Meanwhile, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag is at Underbelly. The performers in both shows have also been nominated for The Stage’s own acting awards.
The three final Fringe First of the week have gone to These Halcyon Days at Assembly, Deirdre Kinahan’s two-hander set in a care home for the elderly, Fine Chisel’s Dumbstruck at Zoo which uses a live jazz soundtrack to help explore complex ideas about long-range communication, and Brazilian show Water Stain at the EICC, a strong piece of physical theatre from Armazém Cia de Teatro.