ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Awards ceremony as festival comes to a close
After a riotous fortnight and a bit in the capital, this years ABSOLUT Fringe Festival came to a close in Meeting House Square last night. 86 shows took place over the 16 day festival in various venues around Dublin city headed by Festival Director Róise Goan, who spoke highly of all the participants, “the makers and doers” who come together to make the festival possible each year. Speaking at the awards ceremony that closed the festival last night, Róise congratulated all involved for their ability “to create some of the most exciting and original work any of us see from one end of the year to the next.”, before moving onto the awards themselves.
Emma Martin Dance won Best Production and Best Design for Dogs, which we lauded ourselves for it’s amazing sound design and costume amongst other things. Rambling art-docudrama-song-and-dance piece Farm deservedly walked away with Best Off-Site Production and The Lir Revival Award, which will allow WillFredd Theatre to bless the city with more of their work as soon as possible.
The Spirit of the Fringe Award went to aerial performing group Paperdolls for their no holds barred production Constellations, which made a lot of noise on the Fringe circuit for all the right reasons, both figuratively and literally. I’m Not A.D.H.D. I’m B.O.L.D. took home the Bewleys Café Theatre Little Gem Award, bagging themselves a two-week run in Bewleys next year, while Best Male Performer went to 30 Cecil Street’s Dan Canham and Best Female Performer going to Ruth Lehane for The Lehane Trilogy, proving that clowning around still returns results in the 21st century.
Also winning big in the night were Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne for Death of the Tradesmen, receiving not only the Fishamble New Writing Award but also sharing The Lir Revival Award, meaning they not only get a second run of the show, but playwright Shaun Dunne receives a scholarship with Fishamble as well as support in his next play.
Finally, Gina Moxley was awarded The Next Stage Wild Card for her work on White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, which will see her take up a place on the Theatre Forum’s development programme of the same name. All in all a great 18th year for ABSOLUT Fringe. We’re sad it’s over, but excited for what's to come. A good mix we think.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Monday 24th September 2012 | Theatre
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