The Reviews Hub were delighted to announce Ditto Theatre Company as winners of our inaugural Beyond The Fringe Award at Brighton Fringe’s annual award ceremony last night [4 June 2017] for their production of Ingo’s War at The Warren, Brighton.
The awards invited applications from companies premiering work at Brighton Fringe 2017 who had ambitions to tour that work nationally. Alongside the trophy, and free registration for Brighton Fringe 2018, the award also provides a six-month PR mentoring package with PearceCouch Communications.
Over 70 applications were received and having viewed the shortlisted productions, five nominees were selected; Flugelman Productions: The Poetry We Make; Cinebra: A History of Horror; Limbik: The Forecast and Phil Ainsworth’s MoMentum: A Motivational Mindreading Experience.
Commenting on the nominees, Glen Pearce, The Reviews Hub’s South East Editor, commended the quality of the shows. “Here at The Reviews Hub we champion new work and it has been a privilege to see such a high standard right across Brighton Fringe this year. We were particularly impressed with the range of subjects covered in the applications and our five finalists should all feel rightly proud of their productions which we firmly believe will live long after Brighton Fringe.”
Ingo’s War was described by our reviewer as a piece that “creates an engaging and often heart-breaking storyline. Perfect fare for aspiring theatre-makers to learn from and aspire to.” and the young company, formed by graduates of East 15 Acting School, BA Physical Theatre 2016, have ambitious plans to tour and develop the work nationwide following a run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Alongside The Reviews Hub award, the end of the Fringe event saw 24 awards presented in a ceremony hosted by fringe favourite Boogaloo Stu and Brighton Fringe Managing Director, Julian Caddy, with The Reviews Hub nominated Cinebra also taking home The Pebble Trust International Touring Award.
For Caddy, the awards recognise the effort that goes into the event. “Though it’s, of course, a grand celebration, it is always a humbling moment to attend the awards. It brings home all the hard work that goes into making Brighton Fringe what it is.”
Caddy also took the opportunity to recognise the efforts of those involved in staging England’s largest arts festival. “I would like to congratulate and thank not only all the winners and nominees, but also everyone who makes the Fringe happen: the artists, volunteers, technicians, front of house, box office, security, bar staff, as well as the tireless work of the venues and of course the Brighton Fringe core team. Every year it’s a miracle, but somehow we always manage to get away with it. Here’s to 2017 and roll on 2018.”
Images: James Bellorini & Elizabeth Isles
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