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Kill the Beast and Liam Brennan win first 2016 The Stage Edinburgh Awards

The Stage reviewer Stewart Pringle (left) presents members of Kill the Beast with their award. Photo: Alex Brenner The Stage reviewer Stewart Pringle (left) presents members of Kill the Beast with their award. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Comedy troupe Kill the Beast and performer Liam Brennan have been named as the first winners of The Stage Edinburgh Awards.

Kill the Beast has won for its production of Don’t Wake the Damp, which is running at the Pleasance Dome, with Brennan winning for his performance in Diary of a Madman, at the Traverse Theatre.

Announcing the first winners, The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney said: “Our first two awards of the 2016 fringe highlight just how broad a church the festival can be. Liam Brennan is an actor of experience delivering a fine central performance in a play at the Traverse while Kill the Beast is a young comedy ensemble with a distinctive identity that this year has produced its most ambitious show to date.”

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Liam Brennan. Photo: Alex Brenner

In her review of Diary of a Madman, Tripney described Brennan as “dry, funny, and sympathetic” in the role, calling it “a strong, anchoring performance”.

Reviewer Stewart Pringle said Kill the Beast’s production had a “script as laser-hot as anything the brilliant Beasts have produced so far”.

Kill the Beast said: “We are absolutely overjoyed to accept this award – a recognition of our contribution to tales of monsters and people exploding. In all honesty, we throw everything into our grimy, silly shows, and it is incredible and humbling to know that others feel as passionately about them as we do.”

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