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Six shows win Scotsman’s Fringe First awards in week one

Ajjaz Awad, Esme Bayley, Daniel Cahill, Reuben Joseph and Dritan Kastrati in How Not to Drown. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic How Not to Drown is one of the award-winning shows. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic
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Three shows at the Traverse Theatre and a play performed in people’s living rooms are among the first winners of the Fringe First awards in Edinburgh.

Run by newspaper the Scotsman, this year marks the first time the awards have been presented in partnership with he University of Edinburgh.

Mustard, a one-woman show starring Eva O’Connor, running at Summerhall, has won in the first batch alongside physical theatre piece Raven, at Assembly Roxy, and Arthur, which is performed by Daniel Bye in people’s living rooms.

Three Traverse shows have won: How Not to Drown, written by Dritan Kastrati and Nicola McCartney, and Enough, Stef Smith’s play performed by Louise Ludgate and Amanda Wright.

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, by Javaad Alipoor, is also among the Traverse shows to win.

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran review at Traverse, Edinburgh – ‘ambitious tale told via Instagram’

The Fringe Firsts recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and are awarded once a week throughout each year’s festival.

The judging panel is chaired by the Scotsman’s chief theatre critic, Joyce McMillan.

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