Along with the Fringe First Awards handed out by the Scotsman (See News 12 Aug, 19 Aug & 26 Aug 2005), fellow Scottish newspaper the Herald has also bestowed accolades to several Fringe productions, including The Devil’s Larder by Scottish group Grid Iron, which also won the Carol Tambor Edinburgh to New York Award.
Herald Angels have been awarded across the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe for the past nine years. Each week during the Festival period, the Herald critics decide which acts, performers or artists they think are deserving of recognition. In the case of outstanding performances, an Archangel may be presented. A final award - the Devil - is presented to those who demonstrate ‘the show must go on’ attitude when adversity strikes. Other Herald Angel Winners included An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch at the Traverse and Faust, directed by Janusz Wisniewski and performed in Polish, at Assembly at George Street.
The Stage newspaper also handed out performance awards for: Best Actor to Phil Nichol for his performance in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, a two-hander set on a park bench; Best Actress Saskia Schuck for Cage, a drama about domestic violence which played at the Pleasance; and Best Ensemble, which was awarded to Ireland’s Corn Exchange for Dublin by Lamplight, a tragic-comedy exposing the city’s lurid and filthy world of 1904.
In comedy’s top award, Laura Solon became only the second woman to win the Perrier in the prize’s 25-year history. The last woman to do so was Jenny Eclair in 1995. The Perrier Award for Best Newcomer was won by Tim Minchin.
Finally, the Amnesty International U Win Tin Freedom of Expression Award was won by The Exonerated, an off-Broadway hit about death row escapees, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. The play was first performed in Los Angeles in 2002 before going on to 608 performances in New York and a 27-week US tour. It has also been presented at the United Nations. In New York, the play brought in top names including Mia Farrow, Jeff Goldblum, Bebe Neuwirth, Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Brooke Shields, Kathleen Turner and singer Alanis Morissette. In Edinburgh, where it also won a Fringe First, The Exonerated starred Aidan Quinn, Robert Carradine, Rain Pryor and Dave Calvitto.
- by Caroline Ansdell