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NZ Fringe Festival 2017 AWARDS

9 Mar 2017

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NEWS

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah!

The Fringe, along with our incredible sponsors, is immensely proud to present 11 Awards for excellence as well as six awards for vitally important future development and touring.

Our 2017 Award Ceremony was hosted by beloved Festival Director Hannah Clarke and Festival stalwart Jen O’Sullivan, with an epic musical number by Carrie Green and Tom Knowles.

“This year the judging session took three hours longer than normal such was the quality of work presented at this year’s festival! I’m especially proud to see an increase in our artist development programme with additional touring awards to Australia but also within New Zealand. It’s a big step to professional touring and it’s exciting to see theatre’s like Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre getting behind Fringe artists to make that happen and new festival’s like Fringe in the ‘Stings stepping up. Keep an eye out for return seasons and touring Fringe shows, there’s some serious talent coming through!” - Hannah Clarke

We were honoured to be joined by Wellington MP Grant Robertson, His Worship the Mayor Justin Lester, our inaugural Soul of the Fringe Award winner Ray Ahipene-Mercer and all our amazing supporters, sponsors and industry whanau.

After rigorous discussions of 140 Fringe events, our diligent judges awarded the following 2017 Fringe artists:

Best Poster: Phantom Billstickers

Winner: Easy Living: Life in a Small Town by Playshop
Nominees: 

  • Cake! A Delicious Late Night Cabaret by FATG, 
  • DILF by Suite Habana 
  • Stoge Chollonge 2006 by Stoge Chollonge Committee

Most Colourful Show: Resene

Winner: Stoge Chollonge 2006 by Stoge Chollonge Committee
Nominees: 

  • Creative Spaces Capsule Exhibition by Creative Spaces Capsule, 
  • Lisa Skye: Spiders Wearing Party Hats by Lisa Skye, Photoval Photography Festival by Goldfish Creative 
  • Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch by Heartichoke Arts

Most Innovative Work: Wellington International Airport

Winner: The Internet is Where Innocence Goes to Die and You Can Come Too by Zin Partnership
Nominees:

  • Dark Matter by Afterburner
  • Feet.Us by House of Sand
  • Jacob’s After Party by Apple Box Brand

Most Promising Emerging Company: BATS Theatre

Winner: Apple Box Brand – Jacob’s Party / Jacob’s After Party
Nominees:

  • Scungebags – Maggot
  • Here to Read the Metre – Open Mike Night

Most Promising Emerging Artist: Emerging Artists Trust

Winner: Liam Kelly – Super Clean
Nominees:

  • Highly Commended - Lee Ray – Wahine Mawhero – Pink Maori Woman
  • Chris Watts – Bleeding Black
  • Jacob Edmonds – Feeling Groovy
  • Tom Knowles – Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s

Outstanding Ensemble: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth

Winner: Fiery Tongues – Brainfruit
Nominees:

  • Dodeka – Infinite Dance Company
  • Fabricate – Fabricate Collective

Outstanding Performer: CCAT

Winners:

  • Stella Reid – The Basement Tapes
  • Sameena Zehra – Tea With Terrorists

Nominees:

  • Bron Batton – Onstage Dating
  • Emma Hall – We May Have To Choose
  • Jon Bennett – My Dad’s Deaths

Best Directed Chaos – QT Museum Hotel

Winner:  Jacob’s After Party – Apple Box Brand
Nominess:

  • Cake! A Delicious Late-Night Cabaret – FATG
  • The Basement Tapes – Chapel Perilous
  • The Dark Light – Choreoco by Footnote New Zealand Dance

The Parkin Development Award – Chris & Kathy Parkin and BATS Theatre

Winner: Paying For It by Pumpkin Paradox

The Darkroom Tour Award – Centrepoint Theatre

Winner: Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s by Tom Knowles

Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award - Melbourne Fringe & NZ Fringe. With additional support from Creative NZ and Trek Global

Winner: The Basement Tapes by Chapel Perilous

SYNZ Tour Ready Award - Sydney Fringe & NZ Fringe. With additional support from Creative NZ and Trek Global

Winner: Fabricate by Fabricate Collective

Fringe in the 'Stings Tour Award – Fringe in the ‘Stings

Winner: Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s by Tom Knowles

Adelaide Fringe Tour Ready Award – Adelaide Fringe & NZ Fringe

Winner: Maggot by Scungebags

Spirit of the Fringe: CCAT and Costume Cave

Winners: George Fenn and Joel Wood

Inaugural Lifetime Fringe Soul Award: Awarded by NZ Fringe in recognition for ongoing services to Fringe and the Arts.

Winner: Ray Ahipene-Mercer

Best of Fringe – His Worship the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and NZ Fringe

Winner: Dark Matter by Afterburner

Nominees:

  • Jacob’s After Party by Apple Box Brand
  • The Basement Tapes by Chapel Perilous
  • The Internet is Where Innocence Goes to Die and You Can Come Too by Zin Partnership

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