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Traverse and Assembly lead the field in 2010 Stage Acting Awards

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The Traverse Theatre has taken eight nominations and the Assembly Rooms six in this year’s Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with Assembly dominating the Best Solo Performer category.

In a year that has seen an impressive range in theatre of all genres across the Fringe’s venues, Traverse continues its reputation for strong performances in accounting for four Best Actress and three Best Actor nominations. Pleasance received four nominations and Zoo two, with one going to C Venues, Underbelly, Hill Street and theSpace. Single-show venue Hawke+Hunter also garnered one nomination.

Solo shows have displayed an especially high standard this year and deciding on a shortlist for the Solo category presented a difficult choice for the Stage’s panel. The progress of different genres has also raised the bar, with productions such as the highly physical Beautiful Burnout, verbatim Do We Look Like Refugees?! and children’s show White widening the range of expression available to actors.

Now in their 16th year, the Stage Awards are the only honours for professional theatre presented by a national UK publication at the Fringe. They include categories for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Performer. Nominations are chosen by the newspaper’s review team who see hundreds of productions before making their choice.

Stage Edinburgh team head Nick Awde said: “This festival marked the welcome return of word of mouth about theatre, which is clearly due to the quality of the shows. What has particularly impressed is the fact that our nominations include many younger performers and companies.”

The winners will be announced at an invitation-only ceremony at Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on the evening of Sunday, August 29, presented by Nick Awde and Duska Radosavljevic. Brian Attwood, the Editor of The Stage, added:

“We are glad to see such a strong field of nominees for this year’s event. It confirms our belief in the importance of the Stage Awards in highlighting just how vital the Fringe is for nurturing the best of our acting talent.”

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

BEST ACTOR

* Martin McCormick for Decky Does a Bronco, Grid Iron (Traverse @ Scotland Yard)

* Karl Shiels for Penelope, Druid (Traverse)

* Niall Buggy for Penelope, Druid (Traverse)

* Scott Kyle for Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim, NLP Theatre (Assembly @ George Street)

* Blair Anderson for My Name is Richard, Kerfuffle (C too)

* Renny Krupinski for Bare, Bareback Theatre Company, (theSpaces on the Mile @ The Radisson)

BEST ACTRESS

* Marianne Oldham for The Girl in the Yellow Dress, Citizens Theatre/LIVE Theatre/Market Theatre (Traverse)

* Kerri Hall for Hot Mess, Tantrums Ltd (Hawke + Hunter)

* Natasha Gordon for Speechless, Shared Experience/Sherman Cymru (Traverse)

* Demi Oyediran for Speechless, Shared Experience/Sherman Cymru (Traverse)

* Mercy Ojelade for Roadkill, Ankur Productions/Pachamama Productions (Traverse)

* Penny Layden for Lidless, HighTide/Escalator East to Edinburgh (Udderbelly’s Pasture)

BEST ENSEMBLE

* Beautiful Burnout, Frantic Assembly/National Theatre of Scotland/Bryony Lavery (Pleasance Courtyard)

* Keepers, Pleasance and Plasticine Men (Pleasance Courtyard)

* David Leddy’s ‘Sub Rosa’, Fire Exit in Association with the Citizens Theatre (Hill Street Theatre)

* Do We Look Like Refugees?!, Beyond Borders Productions Ltd (Assembly @ George Street)

* White, Catherine Wheels, (Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust)

* Operation Greenfield, Little Bulb Theatre (Zoo Roxy)

BEST SOLO PERFORMER

* Ansuya Nathan for Long Live the King, Guy Masterson/TTI and The Fixed & the Free (Assembly @ George Street)

* Kristen Thomson for I, Claudia, Guy Masterson/TTI in association with Crow’s Theatre and Brian Robertson (Assembly @ George Street)

* Nilaja Sun for No Child…, Barrow Street Theatre and Scamp Theatre (Assembly @ George Street)

* Caroline Horton for You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy, Caroline Horton (Pleasance Courtyard)

* Trystan Gravelle for Honest, Royal & Derngate, Northampton (Assembly @ George Street)

* Thomas Marceul for Hamlet, the End of a Childhood, Naxos Theatre & Les Tréteaux de la Pleine Lune (The Zoo)

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