Friday, 28 August 2015

Total Theatre Awards 2015 at the Edinburgh Fringe: and the winners are...

Total Theatre and Jacksons Lane Award for Circus and the winner is...
... well actually, the winners are, because *breaking news* there were two entirely different productions that stood out to the judges as meriting an award.  

This year's joint winners for The Total Theatre and Jacksons Lane Award for Circus this year are:

The Ricochet Project's Smoke and Mirrors (left)  and Palestinian Circus Company B-Orders (right)

Photo: My own (left) and (right)
I was due to see B-Orders but the show was cancelled, so was glad to be able to read Kate Kavanagh's review in The Circus Diaries (click here)as well as Lucy Ribchester's interview with the Palestinian Circus Company for Fest (click here). 

Read Lyn Gardner's review of Smoke and Mirrors (click here), and for my response to the performance see previous post (click here).

Total Theatre Award for Physical/Visual Category
Gandini Juggling narrowly missed the award in the Physical/Visual Theatre category, which went to Al Seed's Oog - read Mary Brennan's review for The Herald (click here).

Total Theatre and The Place Award for Dance

Photo: Rolline Laporte
Finally, as someone who has recently taken up ice-skating, I would love to have seen free skating  Le Patin Libre's Vertical Influences and have been reading about them with interest - check out:
Lucy Ribchester writing in The List (click here)
Kelly Apter in The Scotsman (click here
Kate Kavanagh's review of their show last year "This is Contemporary Ice Skating" (click here)

Funnily enough, I had a message only this morning, from Rosie, a figure-skating ice guide who took me round Somerset House at Christmas. We also bonded over a shared love of storytelling - find her @minimakebelieve on Twitter.  I'm looking forward to catching up with Rosie at Streatham Ice Rink once the kids are back at school!

Here are the other awards - you can find out more at

Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award: Forced Contribution
Total Theatre Innovation, Experimentation and Playing With Form Joint Winners: Portraits in Motion and Can I Start Again Please
Total Theatre Emerging Artist/Company Award: Breach with their show The Beanfield

Congratulations to all the artists and companies involved, and to the judges and assessors - familiar with the short and long-lists, for circus at least, rather them than me. Great news, and exciting times ahead. 

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