Nichol, Pleasance & Traverse Scoop Edinburgh Fringe Firsts
Among the winners is Somewhere Beneath It All, A Small Fire Burns Still, the latest offering from the Comedians Theatre Company, at the Gilded Balloon. Dave Florez’s new monologue, centring on a man struggling to ask out a waitress he fancies, was specially written for stand-up Phil Nichol, whose previous prizes at the festival include both an Edinburgh Comedy Award and a Stage Award for Acting Excellence.
There are two Fringe First this week awarded to the Pleasance: The Table, another depraved puppet show from Blind Summit following their Fringe hit with Low Life, at the Dome; and Analogue’s 2401 Objects, about the world's most famous amnesiac patient, at the Courtyard.
And there are three Fringe Firsts for 2011 programme at the Traverse Theatre: Mission Drift, the Las Vegas-set parable about American capitalism from the New York-based TEAM Ensemble (adding to their three Fringe Firsts for previous productions); The Wheel, Zinnie Harris’ new play, directed by Vicky Featherstone for National Theatre of Scotland; and Futureproof, Irish playwright Lynda Radley’s metaphorical piece about a travelling freak show in hard times.
The final Fringe First in week one goes to the dance piece Silent, about a man who has lost everything including his mind, at Dance Base.
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