Fringe Festival Awards – Winners Announced


Yes, it’s the end of another Fringe Festival, and they’ve announced the winners below, according to a panel of expert fringe goers. It was a very impressive festival, and remarkably consistent. I went to over 20 shows and can hand on heart say I didn’t see a bad one! Generally Fringe festivals can have their ropey moments, but this one was ‘good to very good’ throughout.

I’d also have to say a fond farewell to Róise Goan, who held it all together for the last few years. It’s sad to see someone so talented leaving the spotlight, but we’re looking forward to seeing what Kris Nelson comes up with next year.

The winners are listed below, but I’m happy to say that two of the five we tipped before the festival are among the winners, with Lippy and Dolls both winning. See the details below:

Best Production – €750

Presented by the Dublin Fringe Festival to the show or event that displays excellence in every area of production, this awards the company or artist €750 to acknowledge the enormous work and talent that is put into presenting work at the festival.


Lippy [Dead Centre]

Other Nominees:




Best Design – €500

€500 is presented by the Dublin Fringe Festival to the talented winner of this award for outstanding lighting, set, sound, costume and/or graphic design.


Lippy (Overall design)

Other Nominees:

Briefs – costume design – Daniel Jay Squires Cater (Dallas Dellaforce)

Thirteen [ANU Productions] – site specific design

Chaosmos [Macnas] – mask and costume design

Landscape II [Melanie Wilson] – sound (Melanie Wilson) and video (Will Duke)

Spirit of the Fringe Commissioning Award – €5,000

A highly prestigious Dublin Fringe Festival award in association with Project Arts Centre that combines a commission to present work in Project Arts Centre in next year’s Dublin Fringe, along with €5,000 to get the show up and running for a new show to be produced for the Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 in Project Cube. Usually presented to an Irish company. Previous winners include WillFredd Theatre, The Company, THEATREclub and Gavin Kostick


Way Back Home [Louise White]

Other Nominees:

Boys and Girls [Dylan Coburn Gray]

Sanctuary [Blue Teapot Theatre Co.]

Rites of Passage [The Trailblazery]

Deep [Ray Scannell]

Bewleys Café Theatre Little Gem Award – €2000

Bewley’s Café Theatre is Ireland’s foremost presenter of lunchtime theatre and is delighted and proud to continue to sponsor the Bewley’s Café Theatre ‘Little Gem’ Award for the most exciting show under an hour in length presented at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. The prize for winning the award is a two-week run at Bewley’s Café Theatre in the following year with €2,000 available to the company to pay for the remount.


Swing [Janet Moran and Steve Blount]

Other Nominees:

Small Plastic Wars [Pat McGrath]

Postscript [Noelle Brown]

Beowulf: [The Blockbuster [Bryan Burroughs]

Lambo [Underscore_Productions]

Best Male Performer – €500

What it says on the tin. Worth a cool €500 from ABSOLUT Fringe.


Ray Scannel [DEEP]

Other Nominees:

Thomas Reilly – Thirteen

Steve Blount – Swing

Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh – Rites of Passage

Rex Ryan – The Birthday Man

Taylor Mac – A 20th Century Concert: Abridged

Best Female Performer – €500

What it says on the tin. Worth a cool €500 from Dublin Fringe Festival.


Genevieve Hulme-Beaman [Pondling]

Other Nominees:

Caitriona Ennis – Thirteen

Janet Moran – Swing

Nic Green – Fatherland

Rosanna Purcell – War of Attrition

Fishamble New Writing Award

Presented to the best play by a new or emerging Irish (or Irish-based) playwright premiered during Dublin Fringe Festival, this award includes the prize of a scholarship place on one of Fishamble’s acclaimed playwriting courses, dramaturgical support and a stipend towards the playwright’s next play, generously sponsored by Fishamble: The New Play Company. The idea of new writing is interpreted broadly to include new works in the area of dance, performance art, music, multi-author, post-dramatic works and so on. Recent recipients of this coveted award are Shona McCarthy for Married to the Sea, Elaine Murphy for Little Gem, Grace Dyas or Rough and Amy Conroy for I Heart Alice Heart I.


Boys and Girls [Dylan Coburn Gray]

Other Nominees:

Boys and Girls [Dylan Coburn Gray]

Lippy [Dead Centre]

Pondling [Gúna Nua Theatre Co.]

Postscript [Noelle Brown]

The Next Stage Wild Card

Dublin Fringe Festival pays for an artist who has been part of the festival to take up a place on The Next Stage – an artist development programme run by Theatre Forum in association with Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.


Aisling Murray [Fair Balls T’Yis]

First Fortnight Award

Since its inception in 2009, First Fortnight’s key aim has been to challenge stigma prejudice about mental health issues through the creative arts. This award recognises excellence in a Fringe show that does just that, inviting it back for an encore run at First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival, in January 2014 – for further information on First Fortnight visit http://www.firstfortnight.ie


Dolls [Sorcha Kenny]

Other Nominees:

Small Plastic Wars [Pat McGrath]

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything

Confusion Boats [Gerard Kelly]

Record (Remix) [Dylan Tighe]

Dublin Fringe Festival Panel of Judges:

Lian Bell – Previous Programme Manager of DFF, freelance producer, designer, is currently working at Dublin Theatre Festival producing all of their special events around the 2013 programme.

Linda Geraghty – Director At Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, freelance radio documentary producer with Little Oak Productions

Craig Flaherty – Associate producer at Druid in Galway

Raelene Casey – Moving Image Access Officer at IFI Irish Film Archive

Andrew Griffin & Max Laroussi – Architects – Urban Agency

Dave Smith – Works with Micromedia, ran Kings of Concrete and runs Mabos

Dara Mac Domhnaill – Works with Microsoft & is a HUGE Fringe fan

Julie Blakeney – Communications Consultant at WHPR

Róisín McGann – Ex Fringe staff, previously worked as Press Officer at Project Arts Centre, Grand Canal Theatre & currently working at The Science Gallery.

Joanna Derkaczew – Jounalist, translator

David Keegan – Director at First Fortnight

Kerry O’Sullivan – Executive Director – The Blue Room, Perth

Una Mullally – Journalist with The Irish Times

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