(from the Scotsman, 8/14.)
THE Scotsman’s Fringe First awards are the longest-running and most prestigious theatre awards at the festival, and are recognised across the world.
For those unfamiliar with the prizes, we award Fringe Firsts every Friday throughout the festival – today, on Friday, 21 August, and Friday, 28 August.
The final week’s winners will receive their prizes at the Scotsman Fringe Awards, our annual awards show, which will take place at The Famous Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square on Friday, 28 August at 11am – you can claim free tickets for the show by filling in the form below and taking it to the box office at the Assembly Rooms on George Street.
This week’s choice of winners reflects the dominance of solo shows at this year’s Fringe – a sign of our straitened times, perhaps.
But the variety of work on offer is still hugely impressive, and – as demonstrated by Fishamble’s extraordinary Underneath, for example – a solo show can still feel like an epic theatrical spectacle.
We would like to say a huge thank you to our judging panel – Joyce McMillan, Mark Fisher, Jackie McGlone, Susan Mansfield, Fiona Shepherd and Sally Stott – for all their hard work this week.
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