London Fringe: Raptors, building maintain competition from 20,000 tickets – The London Free Press

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Eye Sweet starring Stephanie Morin-Robert and that includes her 18-month-old daughter Olive. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


Eye Sweet discovered an viewers at London Fringe.

The present, in regards to the beginning of Vancouver-based artist Stephanie Morin-Robert’s first youngster, Olive – who additionally made an look on stage – received excellent particular person efficiency at this yr’s competition, which wrapped up with an awards ceremony Saturday evening.

Finest present of the competition was Edgar Allan, a narrative a few younger Edgar Allan Poe, introduced by Brooklyn, NY’s Coldharts, Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan, which additionally received a producer’s choose award.

The 12-day competition matched final yr’s ticket complete, however fell wanting producer Kathy Navackas’ hope to succeed in the 20,000 ticket goal.

“With building on Dundas Road, Londoners don’t like to return downtown and there was additionally the Raptors,” stated Navackas. “So, I didn’t hit my 20,000 in my 20th yr.”

Among the many award winners was Tyler West’s Abeyance, which received greatest storytelling present. The New York-based artist wrote, directed and carried out the mime a few man headed to a job interview.

“A present utterly in mime received storytelling,” stated Navackas. “That speaks to the expertise.”

In contrast to final yr when Police Cops was an sudden hit, no single present drew that sort of consideration, stated Navackas.

“It was pleasant,” stated Navackas of this yr’s 46 exhibits.

“What I favored most is that almost all years we now have one or two runaway hits. There have been simply quite a lot of actually stable exhibits and virtually each firm was profitable. Everybody received to see a few of the greatest fringe theatre.”

The fringiest present award this yr was taken by Alastair Knowles in his first solo present, Ink, co-written and directed by his companion, Morin-Robert of Eye Sweet.

Toronto-based (Intercourse) Cult received two awards, excellent comedy and greatest promotion.

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London Fringe award winners:

Excellent drama – Left Behind

Excellent forged efficiency – Edgar Allan

Excellent particular person efficiency – Eye Sweet

Excellent ballyhoo – (Intercourse) Cult – that is for selling their present

Excellent comedy  – (Intercourse) Cult

Excellent selection present – SpinS

Excellent storytelling – Abeyance

Fringiest present – Ink

Finest Present – Edgar Allan

Spirit of the Fringe – Volunteer coordinator Lyn Harrison, herself a volunteer, and former board member and 20-year-plus  volunteer Laura Wooden

Producer’s choose – The Coldharts

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