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2015 Fringe Award Winners Announced!

20 September 2015


Winners of this year’s TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE Awards were announced this afternoon at a ceremony in The Church, Mary Street, Dublin. The awards will be presented in 11 categories this year. 

TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE Awards exist to recognise, reward and celebrate the hard work and talent on display in the festival each year. They are a small but heartfelt tribute to some of the hundreds of festival makers and doers who bring their intelligence, vision, drive and who seem to be able to draw on a reservoir of bottomless energy and passion to create some of the most exciting and original work any of us see from one end of the year to the next. They light up the city, our minds and our souls. The awards hope to honour their commitment, ingenuity, excellence and old-fashioned hard work and acknowledging some of the stand-outs in this year’s festival. 

CEO and Festival Director of TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2015, Kris Nelson opened the proceedings with a huge thank you to all companies involved in the festival. This year the festival celebrated it’s twenty-first birthday  with 78 shows taking part in the 14 day festival which ran in venues across Dublin city.

Nelson said - "We've had a fantastic 21st edition, with some of Tiger Dublin Fringe's wildest and most memorable moments yet. A group of utopian 21 year olds lived out their dream in a 168 hour performance experiment. Music, dance, theatre and comedy lit up venues across the city. We feted the return of the Spiegeltent with a thrilling international and Irish line up and more than a few astounding surprise guests. Our 21st Fringe pushed the envelope, broke taboos and gave audiences cause to celebrate."

Fringe Judging Panel Chair Kate Heffernan said  -  “Over the fourteen days of the festival, the judges witnessed show after show that flew in the face of genre or playfully defied category, work that took a sideways glance at traditional forms, opening them up to new audiences. Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015 was also the year of the ensemble and the year of dance, of work that asked bold and unflinching questions about who we are and where we are going, whether personally or politically. New voices and artists presenting at Fringe for the first time stood shoulder to shoulder and vied for awards with Fringe stalwarts. The diversity, quality and energy meant it was a 7-hour and hotly-debated deliberation, but it also suggests a bright and brilliant future. We are excited for what comes next.”

And the winners are....

Best Production
Presented by TIGER DUBIN FRINGE to the show or event that displays excellence in every area of production, design, performance, concept and execution. This award acknowledges the enormous work and talent that is poured into presenting work at the festival and honours the comprehensive production.
Agrippina by Handel presented by Irish Youth Opera in a co-production with Northern Ireland Opera in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Lime Tree Theatre

Object Piggy by Dying Breeds
Behind the Dark by Loosysmokes
Beckett in the City by Company SJ
Our Island by MIRARI Productions

Best Design
The award presented for outstanding lighting, sound, scenic, projection, costume or overall design.
The company for Flemish Proverbs by Moira Brady Averill and Isadora Epstein

Maria Nilsson Waller and Sarah Jane Shields for Folds of the Crane by Justine Cooper
The ensemble for Object Piggy by Dying Breeds
Annemarie Wood and Kevin Treacy for Agrippina by Handel presented by Irish Youth Opera in a co-production with Northern Ireland Opera in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Lime Tree Theatre
Áine Stapleton, José Miguel Jiménez and Neil O’Connor for Medicated Milk by Áine Stapleton

Best Performers
Two of the best performers of the festival take home this much sought-after prize from a field of up to 8 nominees. Formerly given to best male and female, we’re broadening the category to suit all gender indentification.
Ben Sullivan in It Folds & Liadain Herriott in Liminal

Alan Ewing in Agrippina by Handel
Clare Dunne in Grounded
Camille Lucy Ross in Big Bobby. Little Bobby.
David Hoyle in Middle of the Road
Maire Flavin in Agrippina by Handel
Peter Corboy in Our Island

Best Ensemble
Sometimes it’s the entire cast that makes a show. Introduced in 2014, this award recognises the stand out efforts from a group of performers on stage.
Behind the Dark by Loosysmokes

It Folds by Brokentalkers and junk ensemble
Elk and Saintly by ponydance and Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company
Agrippina by Handel presented by Irish Youth Opera in a co-production with Northern Ireland Opera in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Lime Tree Theatre
Our Island by MIRARI Productions

Judges Choice Award
Also instituted in 2014, this award recognises a project, contributor, experience of Fringe event that defies the categorisation and is just too good to pass by unheralded.
Object Piggy by Dying Breeds

Marky MacSherry Tells It Like It Is by Martin McSharry
Gaeilge Tamagotchi by Manchán Magan
Beckett in the City: The Women Speak by Company SJ
Portraits in Motion by Volker Gerling
Sweet Pang! by Lady Grew

Marky MacSherry Tells It Like It Is by Martin McSharry: For the intelligence and detail of its form, for Martin Sharry's disarming performance in the role of Marky.
Object Piggy by Dying Breeds:  For its energy, exuberance and detail – a downright dynamism that embraces and underpins everything Fringe.
Gaeilge Tamagotchi by Manchán Magan: For Manchán Magan as the playful saviour of our national tongue.
Beckett in the City: The Women Speak by Company SJ: For Company SJ's commitment, consistency, rigour and skill in bringing Beckett to Fringe audiences, taking us deep into the recesses of hidden Dublin. For the careful curation of the production, the brave choice to bring together the women's voices.
Portraits in Motion by Volker Gerling: For its heart, the singularity of its vision, the simplicity of its craft, the artist's commitment to the pursuit of a small life. For a production that was more than the some of its flick book pages.
Sweet Pang! by Lady Grew: For its unflinching, unique and celebratory portrayal of sex work and its brave exploration of the body as a contested site. 

Bewley's Cafe Theatre 'Little Gem' Award
Bewley's Café Theatre is Ireland's foremost presenter of lunchtime theatre and is delighted and proud to continue to sponsor the Bewley's Café Theatre 'Little Gem' Award for the most exciting show presented at this year's TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE under 60 minutes. The selection is made up by the jury for final approval by Bewley's Café Theatre. The prize is a handsome one; the winning production is earns a two week run at Bewley's Café Theatre with €2000 available to the company for remounting the production.
Your Own Man/ Mad Notions by Luke Murphy

Oh! What A Lovely Rose! by Tragic Spud
Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii
Big Bobby. Little Brazen Tales Productions
Rebel Rebel by Robbie O’ Connor and Aisling O’ Mara
The Matador by Shane O’Reilly

First Fortnight Award
Since its inception in 2009, First Fortnight’s key aim has been to challenge stigma and prejudice about mental health issues through the creative arts.
Camille Ross (Brazen Tales Productions) for Big Bobby Little Bobby

Fishamble New Writing Award
Presented to the best play by a new or emerging Irish (or Irish-based) playwright premiered during TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE, this award includes the prize of a scholarship place on one of Fishamble's acclaimed playwriting courses, dramaturgical support and a stipend towards the playwright’s next play, generously sponsored by Fishamble: The New Play Company. The idea of new writing is interpreted broadly to include new works in the area of dance, performance art, music, multi-author, post-dramatic works and so on. Recent recipients of this coveted award were Dylan Coburn Gray for Boys and Girls (2013), Elaine Murphy for Little Gem (2008); Amy Conroy for I Heart Alice Heart I (2010) and Fiona McGeown & Thomas Conway for Between the Trees and Water (2014)
Overshadowed by Eva O’Connor

Our Island by Barry McStay
Remember to Breathe by Orla Murphy

The Next Stage Wild Card Award
TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE awards a bursary to an artist who has been part of the festival, enabling them to participate in the Next Stage – an artist development programme run by Dublin Theatre Festival in partnership with Theatre Forum  - Producer Robbie Blake won the title in 2014
Alice Malseed

Moscow Irish Fringe Festival Award
This new award offers a tour-ready Fringe highlight which is selected to participate in the IRISH FRINGE FESTIVAL in Moscow during Irish Week next March. The award winners will be part of the biggest Irish arts festivals in Eastern Europe with over 100 events showcasing Irish music, comedy, theatre and film.
Oh! What A Lovely Rose! by Tragic Spud
Contain-A-Rave by Lords of Strut
Susannah With Strings by Susannah De Wrixon
Beckett in the City: The Women Speak by Company SJ
Love+ by Claire O’Reilly
Folds of the Crane by Justine Cooper
The Walls Have Ears by Bottlenote
Liminal by Liadain Herriott

*Winner to be announced next month following consideration by Moscow Irish Fringe Director.

Spirit of the Fringe/Spirit of Project Commissioning Award
A highly prestigious TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE award in association with Project Arts Centre that combines a commission to present work in Project Arts Centre in next year’s TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE, along with €5,000 to get the show up and running for a new show to be produced for the Dublin Fringe Festival 2016 in Project Cube. Usually presented to an Irish company. Previous winners include WillFredd Theatre, The Company, THEATREclub and Gavin Kostick.
LOVE+ by Claire O’Reilly

Flemish Proverbs by Moira Brady Averill and Isadora Epstein
Marky MacSherry Tells It Like It Is by Martin McSharry
Your Own Man/ Mad Notions by Luke Murphy
Folds of the Crane by Justine Cooper
We Lived In Cities by BK Pepper / Madra Mór

TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2015 Panel of Judges

Kate Heffernan [Chairperson of the 2015 Tiger Dublin Fringe Judging panel - Writer and theatre artist]; Dearbháil Clarke [Published poet, 2015 Irish Independent Leaving Cert diarist and lover of the avant-garde]; Steve Cummins [arts journalist]; Anne Marie Downey (Glamo) [DJ / lifecoach / pharmacist / maker]; Shaun Dunne [playwright and theatre-artist]; Jessica Finken [Theatre producer]; Kevin Gaffney [visual artist]; Aideen Howard [Director of The Ark]; Gina Moxley [actor, writer and director]; Liv O’Donaghue [choreographer and performer, and is one third of the team behind DRAFF magazine]; Timi Ogugunyemi [Photographer]; Rosie O'Reilly [visual artist and maker]; Benjamin Perchet [Newly appointed Director of the Dublin Dance Festival (DDF)]; Dave Rudden [author]; Maeve Stone [Associate Director with Pan Pan Theatre]


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Conleth Teevan | 087 1221 648 | conleth@conlethteevan 
TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE ran from September 7 - 20, 2015. 

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