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The Basement Tapes, The Fishermen and Queens of Sheba casts among The Stage Edinburgh Awards winners in week three

The Queens of Sheba receiving their award. Photo: Roberto Ricciuti The Queens of Sheba receiving their award. Photo: Roberto Ricciuti
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Performers from Edinburgh shows The Basement Tapes, The Fishermen and Queens of Sheba have won the latest batch of The Stage Edinburgh Awards.

Performers Rachel Clarke, Jacoba Williams, Koko Kwaku and Veronica Beatrice Lewis, won for Queens of Sheba at Underbelly, which is produced by theatre company Nouveau Riche.

The Stage critic Paul Vale said: “There are four very different and unique women on stage in Nouveau Riche’s Queens of Sheba, but they speak as one. They are united in their urgency and anger but that voice is balanced by their palpable support of one other on stage – vocally and emotionally.”

Meanwhile Stella Reid’s performance in The Basement Tapes, at Summerhall, earned her an award, as did performances by Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga in The Fishermen at Assembly.

The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney said Reid’s performance in The Basement Tapes “anchors this increasingly unsettling production”.

“As the story shifts gears, becoming increasingly creepy, her performance morphs too, effectively taking the audience on a journey. It’s compelling and so is she.”

Meanwhile, Tripney described Ajao and Olukoga as having a “versatile, playful and physical” approach to conveying The Fishermen’s “many shifts in time and memory”.

The Stage Edinburgh Awards are given out weekly for outstanding performances at the fringe, with other 2018 winners including Julie Hesmondhalgh for The Greatest Play in the History of the World, Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell for Underground Railroad Game and Katherine Pearce for Island Town.

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