The 730 Review – Edinburgh Fringe Awards 2019

The 730 Review – Edinburgh Fringe Awards 2019

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

If we could give 6 stars to these we would.

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. 

Winner: The Crown Dual (Daniel Clarkson, Owen Lewis and James Seabright)

Honourable Mentions: Fishbowl (SIT Productions in association with Le Fils Du Grand Réseau) and 2Elfth Night (Keane & Doyle); Ockham’s Razor: This Time 

Stand-Out Performance

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.

Winner: Gemma Harvey (Lobster, Loquitur Theatre)

Honourable Mentions: Lucy McCormick, (Lucy McCormick: Post-Popular); David Carl (Trump Lear); and Jesse Meadows (The Last of the Pelican Daughters, The Wardrobe Ensemble)

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.

Winner: Fishbowl (SIT Productions & Le Fils Du Grand Réseau)

Honourable Mentions: Frankenstein (Manual Cinema); Three Deaths of Ebony Black (Amberly Cull) and A War of Two Halves (This is My Story)

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)

Marmite Shows

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)

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