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Our Edinburgh award winners revealed

Theatre Ad Infinitum celebrate their win. Photo: Stephanie Methven
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Theatre Ad Infinitum has been named the best ensemble at this year’s Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, marking the second time the company has been recognised within the awards.

The group has won this year for Ballad of the Burning Star – a cross-dressing musical about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, led by co-artistic director Nir Paldi – at the Pleasance Dome.

In 2009, the company received the best solo performance prize for its show Odyssey, performed by co-artistic director George Mann.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Patrick O’Kane won the best actor gong for his role as a lonely drinker in Quietly, a new play by Owen McCafferty at the Traverse Theatre.

Robyn Scott took home the best actress prize for London Road, Sea Point, at Assembly George Square, in which she plays a Jewish grandmother who develops a friendship with her Nigerian immigrant neighbor in Cape Town.

Scott saw off competition from fellow nominee Janet Suzman, while O’Kane beat David Calvitto – who has won the prize before – to the best actor title.

Meanwhile, best solo performer was awarded to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, her self-penned comedy about a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality, at the Underbelly. Fleabag also won a Fringe First award this year for new writing.

Now in their 19th year, The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence are the only honours for professional theatre presented by a national UK publication at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The prizes were presented this evening at a ceremony at Dance Base in Edinburgh.

We spoke to our winners to find out their reactions to the announcement on the night.


The winners in full are:


Best actor

Patrick O’Kane for Quietly (Traverse)


Best actress

Robyn Scott for London Road, Sea Point (Assembly)


Best ensemble

Theatre Ad Infinitum for Ballad of the Burning Star (Pleasance)


Best solo performer

Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag (Underbelly)



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