London Fringe: Raptors, development preserve pageant from 20,000 tickets – The Beacon Herald


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, concerning the start of Vancouver-based artist Stephanie Morin-Robert’s first baby, Olive – who additionally made an look on stage – gained excellent particular person efficiency at this 12 months’s pageant, which wrapped up with an awards ceremony Saturday night time.

Greatest present of the pageant was Edgar Allan, a narrative a couple of younger Edgar Allan Poe, introduced by Brooklyn, NY’s Coldharts, Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan, which additionally gained a producer’s decide award.

The 12-day pageant matched final 12 months’s ticket complete, however fell in need of producer Kathy Navackas’ hope to succeed in the 20,000 ticket goal.

“With development on Dundas Avenue, Londoners don’t like to return downtown and there was additionally the Raptors,” mentioned Navackas. “So, I didn’t hit my 20,000 in my 20th 12 months.”

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

“A present fully in mime gained storytelling,” mentioned Navackas. “That speaks to the expertise.”

Not like final 12 months when Police Cops was an sudden hit, no single present drew that form of consideration, mentioned Navackas.

“It was pleasant,” mentioned Navackas of this 12 months’s 46 exhibits.

“What I appreciated most is that the majority years we’ve one or two runaway hits. There have been simply a whole lot of actually strong exhibits and virtually each firm was profitable. Everybody obtained to see among the greatest fringe theatre.”

The fringiest present award this 12 months 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 gained two awards, excellent comedy and greatest promotion.

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

Greatest 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 decide – The Coldharts

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