The stand-out shows and performers from this year’s Brighton Fringe were recognised at the festival’s awards ceremony last night [4 June, 2017].
Children’s show The Tale of The Cockatrice by Mumblecrust Theatre scooped two awards – Voice’s Best Newcomer To Brighton Fringe and the International Youth Arts Festival: Best of Brighton Fringe Children and Family Show.
A total of 24 awards were presented at the ceremony, which took place at The Warren on the final evening of Brighton Fringe in front of a 250-strong audience made up of performers, journalists, venue representatives and leading figures from the arts industry. Fringe favourite Boogaloo Stu and Brighton Fringe’s Managing Director Julian Caddy oversaw proceedings.
Katie Underhay, of Mumblecrust Theatre, said:
“We’re so happy and surprised. The audiences at Brighton Fringe have been really lovely but we’ve now been recognised by the industry as well, which just feels crazy. We are absolutely in shock.
“We only managed to do this show by running a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, and the budget was tiny, but we threw our all into it. We’re planning on doing Edinburgh so we’re hoping the recognition here will really open doors for us.”
Other winners include Cinebra: A History of Horror, which won £2,500 to tour to an international Fringe festival as part of the Pebble Trust International Touring Award, plus nominations for the Radio Reverb LGBTQ Award and the Review’s Hub: Beyond the Fringe Award.
Teatro Pomodoro also won the opportunity to tour abroad. The company, which is part of the Brighton Fringe WINDOW programme for exceptional new work, has been selected to tour to two Fringes in the ‘Nordic network’ of Bergen, Gothenburg, Reykjavik and Stockholm next year.
The Heart FM Best Venue Audience Choice Award went to Junkyard Dogs on Edward Street, which is brand new to the Fringe this year. Kids With Beards won the Big Issue Audience Choice Award, voted by members of the public, for sketch show Fandango!, as well as being nominated for Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe.
Narrowly missing out on wins but nominated multiple times were Happenings Theatre Company for 10 Steps To Happiness, Aća Theatre for Better Together, TRIBE// for Still I Rise and WINDOW show The Forecast by Limbik.
Each award category was judged by a different organisation with The Argus, Artist Open Houses, HOUSE, Gemini Print, Voice Magazine, the International Youth Arts Festival, Fringe Review, Broadway Baby, Latest, First and Foremost Entertainment, South East Dance, The Big Issue, Heart FM, Radio Reverb, New Writing South, Primary Times, ONCA, The Reviews Hub, Otherplace Productions, Stockholm Fringe and the Pebble Trust all involved.
The Spirit of the Fringe Award went to volunteer Steve Jeanes, from Brighton, for his exceptional and continued contribution to the festival.
Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, said: “Though it’s of course a grand celebration, it is always a humbling moment to attend the awards. It brings home all the hard work that goes in to making Brighton Fringe what it is.
“I would like to congratulate and thank not only all the winners and nominees, but also everyone who makes the Fringe happen: the artists, volunteers, technicians, front of house, box office, security, bar staff, as well as the tireless work of the venues and of course the Brighton Fringe core team. Every year it’s a miracle, but somehow we always manage to get away with it. Here’s to 2017 and roll on 2018.”
Each award winner receives free registration to next year’s Brighton Fringe, and some received additional prizes from their judging organisation.
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Brighton Fringe 2017 award nominees and winners:
The Argus Fringe Archangel Award
Winner: Brighton Little Theatre: Urinetown
The Brighton Fringe Visual Arts Award in Association with HOUSE and AOH
Winner: International HIV/AIDS Alliance: Love a Positive Life
Nominees: North Star Printmakers Studio: Art of Printmaking Open Studio; Phoenix Brighton: Open Studios; Tim Andrews: Over The Hill
Gemini Print: Best Design for Print
Winner: Richard Todd: Sellotape
Voice’s Best Newcomer to Brighton Fringe
Winner: Mumblecrust Theatre: The Tale of Cockatrice
Nominees: Blue Devil Theatre: The Ruffian on the Stair; Susan Earl: (Non) Violent Communication; Acá Theatre: Better Together; Moonshot Games: Werewolf: Live; Kids with Beards- Fandango!
IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Comedy Award
Winner: Willis & Vere: The Starship Osiris
Nominees: Masie Adam: Living On The Edge- LIVE; Spilt Milk: Spilt Milk Presents…; Aća Theatre: Better Together; Happenings Theatre Company: 10 Steps To Happiness
IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award
Winner: Put The Book Down: Mine
Nominees: Behind the Lines: Fall of Duty; Palmer Presents: Father God; Scratchworks Theatre Company: Great Train Robbery; Karen Houge: Undercover Refugee
IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Children and Family Show
Winner: Mumblecrust Theatre: The Tale of the Cockatrice
The Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award
Winners: Windmill Young Actors: Agamemnon
The Bobby: Best of the Festival Award
Winner: A&E Comedy: Enter the Dragons
Nominees: Wild Productions: Mary and Me; Sparkle and Dark Theatre Company: I AM BEAST; Turtle Key Arts: Open Sky present Scorched; Pretty Villain Productions: New York Stories
Latest Comedy Award
Winner: Alice Marshall: Blood
Nominees: Viggo Venn: The Life Of Pepito; Nick Revell: The True And Amazing Adventures Of Nick Revell On Planet Earth; Louise Reay: Hard Mode; Julie Jepson: Randomonium
Latest Live Music Award
Winner: Kemptown Carnival Fundraiser featuring The Resonators
Nominees: Avery*Sunshine & Yakul; ArtsLab Netowrk: The Brexorcist; The Greys Present: Folk It; Music at Saint Michael’s: Bach’s 6 Cello Suites & Beethoven’s 5 Cello Sonatas & Variations
Radio Reverb Out in Brighton LGBTQ Brighton Fringe Award
Winner: Harry Clayton-Wright: Sex Education
Nominees: Paul Diello Music: Epicene; Joe Black: Meet Me at The Eldorardo; Cinebra: A History of Horror; Jessica McKerlie: Gender Spanner
The First and Foremost Entertainment Cabaret Award
Winner: Christopher Green: Tina C’s President-C
Nominees: Scottish Comedy Agency: Oh My Dad! Christ on a Bike; The Sundaes: Diva Las Vegas; La Voix’s Red Hot Globe Trot
The Space to Dance Award from Southeast Dance
Winner: Rachael Young: Out
Nominees: Sarah Blanc: My Feminist Boner; TRIBE// Still I Rise; Outset Dance: Check Out My Shirt
The Heart FM Best Brighton Fringe Venue Award
Winner: Junkyard Dogs
New Writing South’s Best New Play Award
Winner: Paul Macauley: Bug Camp
Nominees: Richard Hearn; The Missing Special; Helen Seymour: To Helen Back; Luke Ofield: The Writers’ Bloc; Jenna May Hobbs ReProduction
Primary Times Children’s Choice Award
Winner: Pocket Oxford Theatre Company: Macbeth
Nominees: Avva Laff Productions: Grimmest of Grimm Tales; Louis Pearl: Amazing Bubble Man; John Hinton: The Ensonglopedia of Science
ONCA Green Curtain Award
Winner: Jamal Harewood: The Privileged
Nominees: Goya Arts: The Last Honeypot; Luke Rollason: Planet Earth III
The Reviews Hub – Beyond the Fringe Award
Winner: Ditto Theatre Company: Ingos War
Nominees: Flugelman Productions: The Poetry We Make; Cinebra: A History of Horror; Limbik: The Forecast; MoMentum: A Motivational Mindreading Experience
Winner: Fat Rascal (Buzz)
Nominees: Stamptown (Zach and Viggo); Igor Vrebak (Macho Macho); Fledgling Theatre Co (They Built it No One Came); Smokescreen Productions (Shell Shock)
Nordic Fringe Network Award
Winner: Teatro Pomodoro: Cabaret from the Shadows
Nominees: Octopus Soup Theatre: Network Diagnostics; Limbik: The Forecast
The Big Issue Audience Choice Award
Winner: Kids With Beards: Fandango!
Runner-up: Happenings Theatre Company: 10 Steps To Happiness
The Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary in Association with The Pebble Trust
Winner: Cinebra: A History of Horror
Nominees: Happenings Theatre Company: 10 Steps to Happiness; TRIBE//: Still I Rise; Katrina Quinn: Individual Medley
The Spirit of the Fringe Award
Steve Jeanes, Brighton Fringe volunteer