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Judges Shortlist Announced for the 2015 Fringe Awards!

20 September 2015

Tiger Dublin Fringe has announced the Judges shortlist for the 2015 Fringe Awards; the winners will be confirmed in a ceremony at 1pm on Sunday, September 20th at the Church on Mary Street.

The 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 excellence and old-fashioned hard work and acknowledge some of the stand-outs in this year’s festival of 78 shows taking place across 14 days in venues throughout the city. And the shortlist is....

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.

Best Production Shortlist:

  • 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.

Best Design Shortlist:

  • Maria Nilsson Waller and Sarah Jane Shields for Folds of the Crane by Justine Cooper
  • The ensemble for Object Piggy by Dying Breeds
  • The company for Flemish Proverbs by Moira Brady Averill and Isadora Epstein
  • 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 10 nominees. Formerly given to best male and female, we’re broadening the category to suit all gender identification.

Best Performers Shortlist:

  • 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
  • Ben Sullivan in It Folds
  • Liadain Herriott in Liminal
  • 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.

Best Ensemble Shortlist:

  • It Folds by Brokentalkers and junk ensemble
  • Behind the Dark by Loosysmokes
  • 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.

Judges Choice Award Shortlist:

  • Marky MacSherry Tells It Like It Is by Martin McSharry
  • Object Piggy by Dying Breeds
  • 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

 

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.

Little Gem Award Shortlist:

  • Oh! What A Lovely Rose! by Tragic Spud
  • Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii
  • Big Bobby. Little Bobby.by Brazen Tales Productions
  • Your Own Man/ Mad Notions by Luke Murphy
  • 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.

First Fortnight Award Shortlist:

  • Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii by Alison Spittle
  • boy by Seán Kennedy
  • Overshadowed by Sunday’s Child
  • Big Bobby. Little Bobby.by Brazen Tales Productions
  • Our Island by MIRARI Productions
  • Medicated Milk by Áine Stapleton

 

Fishamble New Writing Award
Presented to the best play by a new or emerging Irish (or Irish-based) playwright premiered during TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE, The Fishamble New Writing Award includes targeted dramaturgical support for future writing to help the playwright which may include, for instance, a scholarship place on one of Fishamble's acclaimed playwriting courses, mentoring schemes and/or support through the New Play Clinic for the playwright's next play, generously supported 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).

Fishamble New Writing Award Shortlist:

  • Our Island by Barry McStay
  • Remember to Breathe by Orla Murphy
  • HARDER FASTER MORE by Tracy Martin
  • Overshadowed by Eva O’Connor

 

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. Winner to be announced at Awards Ceremony on September 20.

 

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

Moscow Irish Fringe Festival Award Shortlist:

  • 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

 

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.

Spirit of the Fringe/Spirit of Project Award Shortlist:

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

 

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TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE 2015 Panel of Judges

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]; Kate Heffernan [writer and theatre 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]


TIGER DUBLIN FRINGE September 7 - 20, 2015.




 

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