The winners of the first ever Edinburgh49 Prize: for distinctive & memorable theatre (sponsored by Alechemy Brewing) were announced on 10 July at our ‘End of Normality’ party held at Assembly Roxy.
The event marked the city’s transition into full-on Festivals mode and was a chance to celebrate all that’s weird and wonderful about the other 49 weeks in the arts calendar.
Not only did our sponsor, Alechemy Brewing of Livingstone, ensure that everyone was well watered throughout the night, they also provided the star prize for our winning pub quiz team, a powerful combination of Royal Lyceum’s marketing team and NTS producers, who received a chance to sample 11 bottles from across Alechemy’s range.
Despite on-going tours and pre-Fringe commitments, we were delighted to welcome so many friends old and new to join us for the official announcement of the 6 winning productions, chosen from the more than 75 shows reviewed by us since last September.
In date order, the winning shows are:
- Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Untitled Projects with National Theatre of Scotland. Summerhall, 17 – 26 October, 2013
- Goblin’s Story. Charlotte Productions. The Vault, 19 – 24 November 2013
- In the Heights. Edinburgh University Footlights. Churchill Theatre, 11 -15 February, 2014
- Wendy Hoose. Birds of Paradise Theatre. Studio at the Festival Theatre, 29 March 2014
- Dear Scotland. National Theatre of Scotland. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 24 April – 3 May, 2014
- Pressure. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, with Chichester Festival Theatre. Lyceum, 1 – 24 May, 2014
With special mention of The #1 Loch Ness Monster Experience performed by Bruce Morton and Karen Fraser Docherty at Edinburgh College, 24 June, 2014 as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Great, Yes, No, 5 Minute Theatre Show.
Many congratulations again to all the winners and many, many thanks again to all the companies, participants and venues who have made 2013-14 such a wonderful year with which to begin Edinburgh49. Our job for 2013-14 was to establish the title and prove it could endure from one Fringe to another. We’ve done that. Next year we’d like to expand our coverage into new genres – can you help us?
There are some incredibly talented individuals operating across the genres in this city. If you think you can help amplify word-of-mouth with passionate, peer-review style reviews which help producers and punters alike – please get in touch!
No more reviews for now, as we circle around the Fringe and live up to our name, but we will be back in September.
See you on the far side!