The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2016 anoints third set of winners
Performers Lucy Jane Parkinson and Nancy Sullivan are winners in the third batch of The Stage Edinburgh Awards, alongside New York company One Year Lease.
Cabaret performer Parkinson won her prize for Joan at Underbelly, produced by Milk Presents.
The Stage reviews editor Natasha Tripney praised Parkinson for giving one of the “stand-out performances of the fringe” with a show that straddles form and combines “elements of cabaret and drag with theatre”.
“It’s an incredibly accomplished performance in so many ways, warm, engaging, funny and moving too,” she added.
Parkinson said she was “thrilled and grateful” to win the award.
Sullivan’s prize was presented for her turn in Fabric, also at Underbelly, produced by Robin Rayner in association with the Marlowe Theatre.
Tripney said Sullivan gave a “performance of great control” in a “harrowing play about the psychological aftermath of rape”.
“It’s a demanding, emotionally turbulent role, but she never falters,” she said.
Sullivan said: “This is the hardest job I have ever done because of the responsibility to portray the women who it happened to honestly. So every day it is a huge undertaking.”
She added: “Getting this is really lovely, it is a really nice thing to take away from the festival and I am really lucky I have got such a good team behind me.”
The final award went to One Year Lease for its production of Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally at the Pleasance Courtyard.
Critic Gerald Berkowitz said the “energetic young company” turned a “potentially banal story into a celebration of pure theatre”.
Ianthe Demos, artistic director of the company, said the production of Kevin Armento’s play captured the “spirit of ensemble, with company members generously sharing and swapping roles as needed over the past year”.
“It is a great honour to be recognised by The Stage for our collective work,” she added.