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Traverse dominates with three Fringe Firsts in week two of awards

Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell in Underground Railroad Game. Photo: Ben Arons Photography Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell in Underground Railroad Game. Photo: Ben Arons Photography
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Martin Zimmerman’s On the Exhale and Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard have won Scotsman Fringe First awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They are among seven shows to win the newspaper’s second batch of awards, which are announced weekly and celebrate new writing.

Other winners include Mark Thomas’ Check Up – Our NHS at 70, which is running at the Traverse Theatre, and Dressed, an exploration of sexual assault by Lydia Higginson, Josie Dale-Jones, Nobahar Mahdavi and Olivia Norris, which is running at the Underbelly Cowgate.

Underground Railroad Game, whose company also won one of The Stage Edinburgh awards, and On the Exhale are both running at the Traverse.

In addition to the three Traverse productions in this week’s winners, shows at the venue also won three out of the seven Fringe Firsts awarded in the festival’s first week.

Other awards this week went to DUPed by John McCann at Sweet Grassmarket, My Left/Right Foot – The Musical by Robert Softley Gale at the Assembly Roxy, and Square Go at Summerhall by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair.

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