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FRINGE REPORT AWARDS 2004
Rewarding the Best of the Best of the London Fringe
Key to page:
(top) List of Awards with Citations
(middle) Welcoming Speech
(bottom) List of Guests
The following awards were announced midday Friday 30 January 04 for presentation at London's Canal Café Theatre
Tuesday 10 February 04 by Neil Mullarkey, Emma Taylor, Will Cantopher and FR editor John Park:
- OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: -
Theatre Person of The Year
Citation: 'The award reflects Christopher Richardson's magnificent work as Director of The Pleasance Theatre, establishing and sustaining the organisation as a centre of excellence for theatre and comedy, and his warmth and encouragement to artistes, directors and producers.'
Film Person of The Year
Presented at The Blue Room, Soho, Monday 19 April 04.
Citation: 'The award reflects Shane Danielsen's remarkable work as Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, transforming this public event and industry showcase into a forum of world-wide prestige; and the opportunities he has encouraged for independent and low-budget film producers to reach this influential audience.'
- BEHIND THE SCENES AWARDS: -
Zena Barrie & Michelle Flower
It's Alright For Some
Best Comedy Company
Citation: 'The award recognises the remarkable work of Zena Barrie & Michelle Flower in the encouragement, promotion and management of fringe theatre and comedy; in particular their creation of, and achievements with, It's Alright For Some.'
Best Comedy Publication
Presented at The Blue Room, Soho, Monday 8 March 04.
Citation: 'The award reflects Steve Bennett's magnificent work as editor and publisher of Chortle, establishing it as the UK's premier comedy resource.'
Best Theatre Administrator
Citation: 'The award recognises actor and producer Louis Brownhill's fine work in theatre administration and box office, providing the behind-the-scenes skills, enthusiasm, humour, and welcome to the public that enable theatre to happen.'
Best Political Dramatist
Presented on-stage at The Pleasance Theatre, London, Saturday 14 February 04, following a performance of A Weapons Inspector Calls, by Christopher Richardson, Director, The Pleasance:
Citation: 'The award reflects Justin Butcher's outstanding writing and direction of the major political comedy dramas The Madness of George Dubya and A Weapons Inspector Calls.'
Presented at The Blue Room, Soho, Monday 1 March 04.
Citation: 'The award recognises the excellence in critical analysis Bruce Dessau brings to comedy, and the light touch and elegance that make him one of the finest arts writers in English in contemporary European journalism.'
Citation: 'The award reflects the profound and poetic quality of Laurence Dorman's design for the film Young Adam, his remarkable ability to create look, mood and emotional ambience, and the powerful unity he gives to this shocking and disturbing work of genius.'
Citation: 'The award recognises Alex Dower's inspirational work and integrity as a director of theatre and tv commercials, including Edinburgh 03 theatrical shows Sam ‘n’ Emma, Popcorn, and the hugely commercially and artistically successful C Venues's sell-out run of NewsRevue.'
Best Fringe Pub Manager
Citation: 'The award recognises Francesca Fanizzi's excellence in opening and running the newly-remodelled Bridge House pub, the stylishness and personal warmth she brings to its management, and her enthusiasm for its associated theatre, the Canal Café.'
Best Drama Writer
Citation: 'Terry Newman is well-known as a distinguished comedy writer for broadcast media and stage. 2003 marked a new direction towards drama, including Burke & Hare, and The Life And Times Of A Wonderwoman. This award recognises in particular the profound perception and magnificent writing of his most powerful work - Dulcas's Women.'
Citation: ‘The award recognises Tally Parr’s inspirational work as producer of The Lift. It reflects her imaginative and disciplined approach to innovation, her expertise with the substantial technical matters involved, and her ability to work under extreme pressure while maintaining her great personal charm and sense of humour.’
Best Press Officer
Presented in The Pleasance Theatre, Saturday 14 February 04, by Zena Barrie, joint Artistic Director, Etcetera Theatre:
Citation: ‘The award recognises the outstanding abilities of Martin Reynolds to create concise, accurate and elegantly-expressed information for journalists and the public on all aspects of the Edinburgh Fringe; and his warm personal qualities and friendliness. Under his leadership, the Official Press Office has set a unique standard of informational excellence.
Best Public Relations
Citation: ‘The award reflects Paul Sullivan’s expertise in the representation of comedy and theatrical performers and institutions. His friendliness, organisational skills, and ability to summarise complex artistic information in very few words create the best possible bridge between journalists and the interests of his clients.
Best Events Organiser
Citation: ‘The award recognises Alison Trower’s remarkable ability to organise complex events in the arts, in particular her coordination of Mutiny At The Bargehouse, and of the first Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy (EMMA) Festival involving 250 events in 7 cities; and the outstanding personal qualities of warmth, good humour, optimism and perseverance which she brings to her work.’
Best Technical Director
Citation: ‘The award recognises Nic Watson’s fine abilities and artistic perception in technical operation and direction, both in education at The Cockpit Theatre, and in his work in commercial and fringe theatre in Edinburgh and London.’
- SHOW & PERFORMANCE AWARDS - THEATRE, COMEDY & FILM -
Jamie Minoprio & all involved
Best Live Comedy Show
Presented on-stage at Ealing Studios following a performance of Ealing Live! on Thursday 19 February 2004
Citation: ‘The award recognises the outstanding work of Jamie Minoprio, Kelly McGolphin, John Gordillo, Rob Moore, Paul King & all involved in creating and driving forward Ealing Live!, a character comedy night of unique excellence, enjoyed alike by its enthusiastic audience and fellow professionals within the comedy industry.’
All Involved - Cast, Crew, Company
Citation: ‘Modernista invents a language of astonishing visual beauty and applies it to a story of desire. Cinematography, acting, production, direction and editing of the highest quality create an unforgettable masterpiece.’
All Involved - Cast, Crew, Company
Mrs Lemon's Lodger
Citation: ‘The award recognises the fine work of Ray Gardner, his fellow actors, and all involved in the production of this sparkling gem of a play – which explores the imagination and memory, and the bridge between life and death.’
The Tango Spell
Award presented Wednesday 8 August 2007, to Laura Macias and Gavin De Paor on behalf of the company, on stage at C Venues, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, by Kieran Healey, C Venues Head of Press, following a performance of the company's 2007 Edinburgh Fringe production.
Citation: 'The award recognises the outstanding performances of principal dancers Laura Macias and Gavin De Paor, and of all involved in the production of Tango Spell. The elegance and heightened emotional charge that Gavin De Paor and Laura Macias bring to their work creates dance that is both mesmeric and a compelling visual delight'
Best Musical Director
Citation: ‘The award recognises Pete Smith’s gifted ability as an arranger and pianist for live and recorded work in revue, musicals and drama. His lyrical on-stage piano-work brought delight and quality to numerous shows in London and Edinburgh 03. It also reflects Pete Smith’s fine personal qualities, his sense of humour and easy-going nature, that make working with him such a pleasure.’
Citation: ‘The award reflects Genevieve Swallow’s outstanding depth and range as an actor. It recognises her performances in Appalachia & Coffee; as Rachel Kelly in The Hutton Enquiry for Sky News; Margaret Hare in Burke & Hare; the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella; her Woman’s Hour voiceovers; Dr Who CD with Derek Jacobi; prostitute in the film Soldiering On; and in particular her astonishing solo performance in all the roles of Dulcas's Women.’
Michael Topping & Andrew Simmons
Topping & Butch
Citation: ‘The award recognises the unique ability of Michael Topping and Andrew Simmons to charm audiences and – with the audience’s enthusiastic consent – break new barriers of taste and innuendo. Sharp, gifted, intellectual and daily-updated writing combined with their outstanding talents in speech, song, music and performance, produce political and news-based comedy of unrivalled power, delight, and - above all - fun.’
Jeremy Limb, Paul Litchfield, Dan Mersh
Best Comedy Group
Citation: ‘The award recognises the unique skills of (alpha order) Jeremy Limb, Paul Litchfield and Dan Mersh in creating and developing The Trap, and in their many other comedy projects. It reflects their extraordinary ability to nail down the strained logic of dreams and present it on-stage as deranged reality – in particular in their full-length shows The Trap, and their glorious spoof of theatrical pretension, Bad Play.’
Presented at The Blue Room, Soho, Monday 8 March 04.
Citation: ‘The award recognises Andy Zaltzman’s outstanding skill in stand-up comedy. It reflects the unique nature of his style and the warmth of engagement with his audience (including his invention of the pre-emptive heckle). In particular it recognises his courage and achievement in selecting a venue away from the central fringe theatres at Edinburgh 03 to build a new audience from scratch at the start of the festival, to standing-room capacity by its close.’
- SPECIAL DOG AWARD -
Best Fringe Canine
Citation: 'The award recognises Brooke's impeccable canine conduct and theatrical instinct. He's a lovely dog.'
- (END OF AWARDS) -
Each Fringe Report Award comes with a citation and - thanks to majority sponsor Greens Restaurant and Oyster Bar and Greens Select - rather a nice bottle of champagne. (In Brooke's case, a tin of luxury dog food).
- WELCOMING SPEECH - FRINGE REPORT AWARDS 04 -
Welcome by John Park, Editor, Fringe Report. Awards Ceremony Canal Café Theatre Tuesday 10 February 04 at 9.30 pm (edited):
'Welcome to the Fringe Report Awards 2004., the annual awards that make a school prize-giving look sophisticated. Fringe Report has been called the parish magazine of the fringe, a tribute to its advanced journalism. It’s also been called the Hello! magazine of the fringe, though as last year’s Theatre Person of the Year Emma Taylor’s now on sabbatical in Spain, this year’s Best Fringe Pub Manager Fran Fanizzi is about to go and live in Spain, and Best Dance - Tango Spell Pasodos live in Mallorca, that should probably be Hola!
'For the awards, we’d particularly like to thank David Vickerstaff at Greens for the champagne, and Richard Dragun, head of graphics at Building Design Partnership for designing and printing the certificates. Fringe Report would like to express its gratitude to Chris Gutteridge at APT for much kindness, and so generously letting us use space and facilities in their offices.
'The London fringe owes a lot to the people who run venues in Edinburgh, and it’s good to be able to award Theatre Person of the Year to Christopher Richardson, Edinburgh’s key player with The Pleasance. And to thank on behalf of all of us involved in the London fringe: Karen Koren at the Gilded Balloon, Hartley Kemp at C Venues, Charlie Wood at The Underbelly, William Burdett-Coutts at The Assembly Rooms, and the many magnificent smaller venues such as The Stand – where this years Best Stand-Up - Andy Zaltzman appeared in August 03, and Tomek Borkowy & Laura Mackenzie Stuart at The Hill Street Theatre – venue for this year’s Best Play - Mrs Lemon’s Lodger - all of whom work immensely hard to create opportunity for performers. And the Edinburgh Fringe's charming organiser, Paul Gudgin. And all the wonderful press officers – Sheridan Humphries at C, Lindsey Taylor, Catherine Bromley, Rachael Booth at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Frazer Smith and Ellie McDonald at Gilded Balloon, Wendy Niblock and Fiona Duff at Assembly Rooms, Louise Chantal at The Pleasance, and Kim Morgan who is here tonight who has previously done The Pleasance Press Office and now does wonders at Kim Morgan PR, and of course this years Best Press Officer - Martin Reynolds at the Official Press Office.
'The London fringe is doing fantastically, it’s creative, it’s alive. That’s thanks to performers, and to the people who run and artistically direct the theatres. They include gifted people like Zena Barrie and Michelle Flower, winners of Best Comedy Company, who are now running the Etcetera Theatre for artistic director David Bidmead – in fact they set it on fire a couple of nights ago but all’s fine now; Emma Taylor and Louis Brownhill - Best Theatre Administrator, at the Canal Café, Paul Higgins and his team at The Latchmere, James Wren at The Hen & Chickens and his new comedy venue Lowdown At The Albany, Neil McPherson at The Finborough, Robert McWhir at The Landor, Tim Sawers at The Bridewell, Penny Horner at The Jermyn Street Theatre, Alice de Sousa at The Greenwich Playhouse, and George Eugeniou at Theatro Technis among many other gifted individuals, teams, and organisations.
'Thanks very much too, to Fringe Report’s magnificent Advisory Board, some of whom are here tonight. In total they are: Rohan Acharya, Peter Benedict, Marc Blakewill, Will Cantopher, Sarah Choppen, Jackie Clune, Richard Costello, Stuart Croft, Richard Dragun, Frances du Pille, James Harris, Rupert Keenlyside, Andrew McKay, Lucy Middleweek, Neil Mullarkey, Johnnie Oddball, Katharine Pottinger, Monika Studena, Emma Taylor, Brandon Toropov, Gareth Tunley, David Vickerstaff, Kitty Winter, Dave Wybrow, Sarah-Louise Young.
'In the next few weeks, we’ll be asking each of tonight’s awards to give a representative to become Fringe Report’s new advisory board - starting appropriately on 1 April.
'Finally thanks to everyone who has come tonight. Welcome.'
- LIST OF GUESTS - FRINGE REPORT AWARDS 04 -
(guest of person or show in brackets after name):
Christopher Richardson (Theatre Person of the Year), Richard Osborne (Christopher Richardson), Zena Barrie (Best Comedy Company), Michelle Flower (Best Comedy Company), Louis Brownhill (Best Theatre Administrator), Laurence Dorman (Best Designer), (Guest of Laurence Dorman), Alex Dower (Best Director), Katy Bartrop (Alex Dower), Francesca Fanizzi (Best Fringe Pub Manager), Laura Fanizzi (Francesca Fanizzi), Cristiana Fanizzi (Francesca Fanizzi), Fabio Fanizzi (Francesca Fanizzi), Terry Newman (Best Drama Writer), Tally Parr (Best Producer), Drew Horley (Tally Parr), Paul Sullivan (Best PR), Kim Morgan (Paul Sullivan), Alison Trower (Best Events Organiser), Kate Dineen (Alison Trower), Davina Cox (Alison Trower), Mark Bilton (Alison Trower), Nic Watson (Best Technical Director), Gavin Watson (Nic Watson), Matt Holt (Nic Watson), Emma Malin (Modernista), Una Jovicic (Modernista), Angela Austin (for Ray Gardner - Mrs Lemon's Lodger), Charmaine Puttnam (Ray Gardner - Mrs Lemon's Lodger), Hannah Dee (Mrs Lemon's Lodger), Linda Robertson (Mrs Lemon's Lodger), Pete Smith (Best Musical Director), Tom Deering (Pete Smith), Genevieve Swallow (Best Actor), Emma Douglas (Genevieve Swallow), Glyn Cannon (Genevieve Swallow), Michael Topping (Topping & Butch), Andrew Simmons (Topping & Butch), Maggie Bourgein (Topping & Butch), Paul Litchfield (The Trap), Carly Sheen (Paul Litchfield), Dan Mersh (The Trap), Emma Taylor (FR Board Member), Rupert Keenlyside (FR Board Member), Richard Dragun (FR Awards - Designer - Certificates), Husam Asi (Publisher - Screen UK), Denise Bailey (Press Association), Johnnie Oddball (FR Board Member), Rohan Acharya (FR Board Member), Katie Warren (FR Writer), Alana Pryce (FR Guest), Will Cantopher (FR Board Member), Neil Mullarkey (FR Board Member).
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