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Pip Utton receives The Stage Special Award at Edinburgh Fringe

Pip Utton in Playing Maggie Playing Maggie at the Assembly Rooms
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Actor and playwright Pip Utton has been recognised with The Stage’s Special Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The prize celebrates sustained excellence at the fringe, and is awarded to Utton in recognition for his contribution to theatre.

This year he is performing in two solo shows, Adolf and Playing Maggie, both at the Assembly Rooms. The latter garnered a five-star review from The Stage.

Utton, who also sits on the board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “I am very proud of the fringe, a festival that permits anybody to come and perform anything… In August there is no place I would rather be. Sometimes it works, sometimes you have success, sometimes you fall flat on your face, but the creative energy in Edinburgh at the moment, and every year, at this time of year – which in the main is kindled by the energies of young people who have more dreams to fulfil than shattered dreams – is infectious.”

The prize, now in its second year, is part of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence, which are presented throughout the Edinburgh Fringe.

Utton will be presented with the special award at a public event held on the Free Stage at St Andrew Square Garden, Assembly Rooms, at 3.30pm on August 28.

He will also take part in a question and answer session as part of the event, which is free to attend.

The Stage Edinburgh reviews team leader Nick Awde said: “Pip Utton has not only helped to develop the whole genre of solo theatre through showcasing his work at Edinburgh, but he has also contributed to the structure of the running of the fringe itself through his work with the Fringe Society.

“He has been an active board member championing the right of the performer on the fringe. We can also add that he has been supremely generous in helping other performers get a leg up.”

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