From Austen to Doctor Who, from gig theatre to site specific shows and from the famous to the fresh-faced, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe of 2019 provided no less variety of inspiring and imaginative performances than the last. Having reviewed over 50 shows, allow us to reminisce and pay tribute to the extraordinary display of talent, innovation and dazzling charisma we were privileged to witness this year. The nominations for these awards were chosen by reviewers Ronan Hatfull, Luke Prowse Baldwin and Emily Champion.
The Best of the Best
This award goes to the show that outshone the rest and wowed us out of our socks. Of all the 5 star reviews we published this one sings the loudest praises.
Although this fringe boasted some tight ensembles there were some outstanding individual performances that did not escape our notice. Here’s to the actors, comedians, dancers and musicians who soared above the rest.
Achievement in Innovation
The Edinburgh Fringe is a melting pot of ideas, some less original than others. We want to recognise those companies trying something different and succeeding. Theatrical wizardry with wings; these are productions that think both inside and outside the box.
Company to Watch
Many many companies take shows to the fringe, experienced and inexperienced, professional and amateur, established and new on the block. These are the companies that surprise and excite us. These are the companies to keep your eye on!
Winner: Keane & Doyle (2Elfth Night)
Honourable Mentions: Wardrobe Ensemble (The Last of the Pelican Daughters); Final Cut; Seesome Theatre (Parasites) and Intrepid Fools (Viking)
Sometimes it’s just a matter of taste. What tickles some taste buds may revolt others. We recognise that some of the performances that did not hit home for us could have been the highlight of somebody else’s fringe. Here are some controversial picks; love ’em or hate ’em.
Winner: Shit-Faced Shakespeare (Macbeth)
Honourable Mentions: Bumper Blyton (The Improvised Adventure) and Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society (Rust)