The Musical Theatre Matters: UK Awards were presented in Edinburgh yesterday (24 August 2011) as part of an awards gala at the George Square Theatre - for the first time part of Assembly at George Square.

The only Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe dedicated to muscial theatre, they are now in their fifth year, and are again sponsored by Whatsonstage.com.

The afternoon's big winner was From the Fire, Elizabeth Swados and Cecilia Rubino's dramatisation of the infamous New York Triangle Factory Fire of 1911 in which 146 immigrant garment factory works perished. The production scooped the Best Production, Best Music and Best New Musical prizes from five nominations.

Other winners included Leeds-based RashDash Theatre were awarded the Best Book prize for their Fringe First-winning production, Scary Gorgeous and the Kielty Brothers whose musical Wasted Love won the Best Lyrics prize.

There were also performances from 2010 Best New Musical winners Fresher the Musical which returns to the Fringe playing the Pleasance Dome. Performances from Best Production nominees nominees The Prodigals and Homemade Fusion appeared alongside those up for Best New Musical, Lillia, Wasted Love and Hamlet House of Horror.

A full list of winners from the 2011 MTM: UK Awards can be found here.

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From the Fire's Bonnie Roche (Producer) & Cecilia Rubino (Director). Photo credit: Alex Brenner


MTM: UK Co-chair & Artistic Director of the Royal & Derngate, Northampton Laurie Sansom. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Performance by the Cast of Fresher the Musical. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Judge Dave Anderson Presents the Award for Best Lyrics. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Award Gala Hosts Gregor Firth & Fiona Orr. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Performance by the Cast of Hamlet House of Horror. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Performance by the Cast of Homemade Fusion. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Wasted Love's John & Gerry Kielty. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


MTM: UK Awards Judge MJ Chung. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Composer Stephanie Jayne Amies Performs an Excerpt from Lillia. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Performance by the Cast of The Prodigals. Photo credit: Alex Brenner


Performance by the Cast of Wasted Love. Photo credit: Alex Brenner