Milk Presents and Theatre Ad Infinitum pick up Spirit of the Fringe awards

Lucy Jane Parkinson in Joan Lucy Jane Parkinson in Joan
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Milk Presents and Theatre Ad Infinitum have both been honoured with Spirit of the Fringe awards, which celebrate “talent, hard work, pluck and sheer doggedness”.

The prize ceremony, now in its 25th year, celebrates individuals or companies who have shown a commitment to “quality entertainment” in the face of little or no funding.

Milk Presents was recognised for its show Joan, performed by Lucy Jane Parkinson and written by Lucy J Skilbeck, which was described by judge Mervyn Stutter as “one of the best examples of a solo show on the fringe”. Parkinson was named as one of the winners of The Stage Edinburgh Awards earlier this week.

Theatre Ad Infinitum got the prize for its show Bucket List, hailed as “a brilliant piece of devised physical theatre”.

Other winners include comedians Paul Foot and Pete Firman, pianist and cabaret performer Michael Roulston, variety act Junnk and music and dance show The Tap Pack.

Each year, winners are picked from a 133-strong long list taken from Stutter’s annual Pick of the Fringe list.

Previous winners include comedian Stewart Lee and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which is about to return to the West End for a third run.