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Breach Theatre and Julian Spooner among winners in final week of The Stage Edinburgh Awards

Julian Spooner in Mistero Buffo Julian Spooner in Mistero Buffo
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The final batch of The Stage Edinburgh Awards have been announced, with winners including performers from Mistero Buffo and It’s True, It’s True, It’s True.

Appearing in the latter production at Underbelly, Ellice Stevens, Sophie Steer and Kathryn Bond of Breach Theatre won for what The Stage critic Fergus Morgan described as a set of “extraordinary performances”.

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It’s True, It’s True, It’s True is a restaging of the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, based on surviving court transcripts.

Morgan said: “Ellice Stevens invests Artemisia Gentileschi with a downbeat, unshowy but nonetheless enormously affecting mix of determination and desolation, and her two co-stars, Sophie Steer and Kathryn Bond, are equally good. Steer, as Tassi, has a deadpan, offhand menace that truly chills.”

Other winners include Irene Allan for Fire Exit’s Coriolanus Vanishes at the Traverse. The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney said Allan delivered “a mesmerising performance that anchors a difficult piece”.

Julian Spooner won for his performance in Mistero Buffo, by Rhum and Clay at Underbelly.

Critic Tim Bano said: “Spooner gives a virtuoso performance ranging from incredible clown skills to deeply moving rage at the uncaring nature of authority figures. Mistero Buffo was originally based on the performances of medieval jesters, and reworked bible stories to give them a satiric edge, but Spooner has brought the piece into the 21st century.”

The fourth award went to the ensemble cast of Timpson the Musical by Gigglemug, at C Venues.

They are Sabrina Messer, Rob Madge, Matt Bond, Rachael Chomer, Chris Baker, Sam Cochrane, Ben Richardson, Will Davis and Zach Okonkwo.

The Stage critic Paul Vale said he admired the show’s “sheer, unadulterated madness”.

He added: “In order to achieve that madness however, you need discipline – and Gigglemug Theatre has it in spades.”

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