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E8 and Mouthpiece performers win in second week of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019

Winners of The Stage Edinburgh Awards: Alice Vilanculo (left) and Angus Taylor and Shauna Macdonald (right). Photos: Alex Brenner
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The second set of winners for The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019 have been announced.

Prizes have gone to Alice Vilanculo for her performance in E8 at the Pleasance Dome, and to Angus Taylor and Shauna Macdonald for Mouthpiece at the Traverse Theatre.

Taylor and Macdonald star in a revival of Kieran Hurley’s play. The Stage critic Fergus Morgan said they give “two different but equally powerful” performances.

“Macdonald’s is quieter and subtler – she compellingly puts a broken character back together, then coldly switches her off. Taylor’s is almost unbearably raw, full of pain, anger and confusion. Both are superb, in a superb play,” he said.

Mouthpiece review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘triumphant return for Kieran Hurley’s astute play’

Meanwhile, The Stage’s reviews editor Natasha Tripney praised Vilanculo’s “layered portrayal of a volatile teenage girl”.

“[Her performance] was adept at showing how bravado can be used to mask vulnerability, fear and justifiable frustration at a system that fails to help her,” Tripney added.

The accolades are given out weekly throughout the Edinburgh Fringe and celebrate outstanding performances at the festival.

Last week, Breffni Holahan was named the first winner for 2019, for her performance in Collapsible at Assembly Roxy.

Breffni Holahan named first winner of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2019

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