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The Fringe Awards 2010

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So, I’m pretty hungover right now. At least I think I’ll be. See, on Sunday 7 March, the Fringe Awards for this year happened. A time will have been had, like an explosive water balloon fight of joy in a fudge factory of fun. But, since we go to print before these events actually occur (the actual winners will go up on the site when we have them), I’ve decided to not so much make predictions as hand out my own awards. Just my own awards happen to have mostly the same catagories as the Fringe Awards. Which isn’t theft. It’s borrowing.

Best Comedy
Nominee—The Comediettes in Better Living
Winner—Wannabe (Guy Langford giving a tour-de-force of entertainment through sheer force of will, he sweated comedy. We licked it up.)

Best Dance
Winner—Thricely? Precisely. A Pocket Full Of Pips (A dense and intelligent tour through humanities idosyncracies with a marvellous sense of joy and humour.)

Best Theatre
Nominees—A Love Tail and Pirates vs. Ninjas
Winner—Who’s Neat? You! (A perfectly pitched deconstruction of children’s edutainment theatre. Like a ballistic exercise in amazing.)

Best Newcomers
Nominees—Gypsy Wife Productions for Pirates vs. Ninjas, Company Moment-um for Jangle and Short Term Visitor Parking for Goldilocks and the Three Queers
Winner—Wing Horn Tails for A Love Tail (This touching and assured debut shows a deep knack for talent that can only grow with future productions.)

Best Marketing
Nominees—A Love Tail and Who’s Neat? You!
Winner—Salon (With an in-depth and interesting web presence and a striking poster, Salon walks away easily with this one.)

Best Solo
Winners (tie)—The Immortals and Wannabe

Best Design
Nominees—Goldilocks and the Three Queers and A Love Tail
Winner—Pirates vs. Ninjas (A decadent set of rope and wood fully transformed BATS.)

Stand Out Performer
Nominees—Guy Langford for Wannabe and Ricky Dey for Salon
Winner—Paul Harrop for Who’s Neat? You! (A delicious, haunting blacmange of a performance.)

Best of the Fringe
Nominees—Thricely? Precisely. A Pocket Full of Pips, Wannabe and Pirates vs. Ninjas
Winner—Who’s Neat? You! (Too good to live.)

Pick of the Fringe (They get a return season at Downstage.)
back/words and Wannabe

ONLINE ONLY UPDATE!

The actual winners were…

The actual nominees and winners (in bold) were–

BEST IN DANCE (supported by Fringe Arts Trust)
How to be a Domestic Goddess
Footnote Perforum
Thricely? Precisely! A Pocketful Of Pips.

BEST IN MUSIC (supported by Radio Active 89FM)
Aphelion
Galaxia
Home

BEST IN VISUAL ART (supported by Resene)
The Princess and the Many Quilts
Nag

BEST IN OUTDOOR (supported by Phantom Billstickers)
Navigators
Storytime for the Hungry

BEST IN COMEDY (supported by Tuatara Brewery)
Ben Hur
Better Living

BEST IN THEATRE (supported by Fringe Arts Trust)
A Love Tail
Who’s Neat? You! CALLED IT!
Ruby Tuesday

MARKETING AWARD (supported by Creature)
Galaxia
Thricely? Precisely! A Pocketful Of Pips
Comediettes

BEST ONE MAN BAND (Solo Show)
Wannabe HALF CALLED IT!
Sun Drugs
The Immortals

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Pirates Vs Ninjas
Who’s Neat? You!
Aphelion
Nag
A Love Tail

MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT (supported by Springload)
The Princess and the Many Quilts
Galaxia
23 Pieces

WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? (Best Newcomer) (supported by Plum Café)
Wannabe
A Love Tail CALLED IT
For Real
The Princess And The Many Quilts

STAND OUT PERFORMER (supported by Team Capital Holden)
Paul Waggott (Sometimes I Don’t Like Yellow)
Isla Adamson (Ruby Tuesday)
Renee Lyons (Sunday Roast)

BEST OF FRINGE (supported by Fringe Arts Trust)
The Princess and the Many Quilts

PICK OF THE FRINGE (supported by Downstage Theatre)
Both receive a return season at Downstage Theatre
Wannabe
Back/Words

CALLED BOTH OF THEM!

Fringe Hall of Fame (supported by Fringe Arts Trust)
BATS Theatre! (Yay!)

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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