The 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe has come to a close. We’ve seen unforgettable theatre, side-splitting comedy and death-defying circus acts over a delirious but incredible month. With 112 reviews under our belt, alongside a selection of interviews, our writers have a few special mentions to make for the best and brightest performers around. Our two primary Fringe writers, Matt Owen and Ronan Hatfull have each picked out a winner and a few special mentions for each award from the selection of shows they have had the pleasure of witnessing over the past few weeks. So, without further ado, let’s round off an incredible month of culture…
Of all the twenty-three 5/5 shows we saw, these are the truly outstanding productions, excelling in their form and proving memorable for years to come.
Winners: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Middle Child Theatre) and The Dreamer (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko)
Special Mentions: Education, Education, Education (The Wardrobe Ensemble), £¥€$ (LIES) (Ontroerend Goed), Knock Knock (Niv Petel) and Police Cops in Space (The Pretend Men)
From farcical caricatures to heavy-hitting performances, these are the finest actors and actresses of this year’s Fringe, regardless of show or genre.
Winners: Adam Scott-Rowley for This Is Not Culturally Significant and Deanna Fleysher for Butt Kapinski
Special Mentions: Thomas Campell for Misterman, Cathy Owen for Cathy, Jesse Meadows for Education, Education, Education and Brice Stratford for DROLL
From the off-the-wall to downright weird, Edinburgh plays host to a huge variety of wacky productions. Here are our diamonds in the rough, where innovation proves incredible.
Winners: £¥€$ (LIES) (Ontroerend Goed) and We Are Ian (In Bed With My Brother)
Special Mentions: Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist (YESYESNONO), Bruce (The Last Great Hunt), Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum and As You Like It (The HandleBards)
From the thousands of acts and companies taking part in Edinburgh, these are our favourites, creating original and thought-provoking productions.
Winners: Knaive Theatre (Bin Laden: The One Man Show) and The Wardrobe Ensemble (Education, Education, Education)
Special Mentions: In Bed With My Brother (We Are Ian), Lion House Theatre (From Dust), Out of Spite Theatre (This Is Not Culturally Significant) and Young Pleasance (The Curse of Cranholme Abbey)
It’s fair to say that in our time at the Fringe, we also saw our fair share of duds. Although, not everyone seemed to agree. Here’s a few shows which caused a bit of controversy…
Winners: Trumpageddon (Simon Jay) and Thrones! The Musical (Spark Creative)
Special Mentions: Deadly Dialogues (Quilliam), Macbeth (The Paper Cinema), Notflix (Waiting for the Call) and Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (Magnificent Bastard Productions)
Next year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 3rd – 27th August 2018.