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Second round of Edinburgh Fringe First recipients announced

Another six companies have been awarded the top prize for new writing at the Festival

Adam Foley's ''A Super Happy Story
Adam Foley's ''A Super Happy Story
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Another six shows have today been listed as recipients of The Scotsman's Edinburgh Fringe First prize, announced every Friday throughout the festival.

Now in their 44th year, the awards celebrate new writing premiering in venues across the Fringe.

The winners this week are Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones 's A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), Chris Thorpe's The Shape of the Pain, Graham Eatough's How to Act, Henry Naylor's Borders, £¥€$ (LIES) from Ontroerend Goed, and Adam Kashmiry's Adam.

A Super Happy Story, running at the Pleasance Courtyard, tackles the issue of depression and its social consequences, all through musical form. You can read our five star review of the show here.

The Shape of the Pain, running at Summerhall, sees a verbal exploration of female physical pain, commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The New Wolsey Theatre.

How to Act is a meta-theatrical exploration of prejudice in the arts, and how power structures can affect expression. It also runs at Summerhall.

Adam at the Traverse uses Kashmiry's personal experience as a trans individual to reflect on wider issues of gender and identity. You can read our review of the show here.

Borders at Gilded Balloon examines how the media covers events in Syria and the individuals behind the stories.

Finally, £¥€$ (LIES) is an interactive experience, using a constructed wealth-gain system to pit audience members against one another. You can read our review of the show here.

A further set of Fringe First winners will be announced next week.

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