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Final week of Herald Angels announced

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Theatre featured strongly in the final week of the Bank of Scotland Herald Angel awards, given across the art-forms by the Herald Newspaper to “recognise excellence wherever it can be found”.

Two of the productions are also part of the Made in Scotland showcase. Grant Smeaton’s Bette/Cavett, which recreates the 1971 TV encounter between Queen of Hollywood Bette Davis and chat show host Dick Cavett. Katrina Caldwell’s The Songbird, eschews text for music with David Paul Jones score carrying the narrative.

“There were high expectations of Little Bulb, a company returning to the Fringe whose Crocosmia impressed two years ago,” according to Keith Bruce, who co-ordinates the Herald Angels. “Operation Greenfield, a tale of adolescence in semi-rural middle England did not disappoint. Religion, relationships and rock’n’roll were the raw material here for a show that used all the tools at live theatre’s disposal.”

The fourth piece of theatre to receive an Angel is Just Macbeth! at Assembly. A rude exploration of the Scottish play by Australians Bell Shakespeare, it uses shadow puppetry, props, and Scots pantomime.

Scottish songwriter Michael Marra received the final award. Meanwhile, a Herald Archangel, recognising “a sustained contribution to festivals in Edinburgh over the years” went to the Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills and artistic administrator Matthew Studdert-Kennedy for their early music concerts at Greyfriars Kirk.

Elsewhere on the Edinburgh fringe, Cora Bissett’s Roadkill was one of six productions recognised at the Total Theatre awards which are given to “honour those pushing at the boundaries of traditional theatre and the best in physical and visual performance”.

Roadkill was recognised in the Innovation category, as were The Author by News from Nowhere – also presented at the Traverse – and Bootworks Theatre’s 30 Days to Space at Forest Fringe. In the Physical/Visual Theatre category there were two winners. Nofit State won for Tabu, while White by Catherine Wheels gave the Traverse its third Total award. The Emerging Company award was given to Bryony Kimmings’ Sex Idiot at Zoo venues.

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