Dunedin Fringe Festival director Paul Smith (left) with
Vague de Cirque publicist Miguel Nitis at the Dunedin
Railway Station last night. Photo by Shawn MacAvinue.
The Dunedin Fringe festival is finished and it tested
audiences and pushed boundaries.
At the award ceremony at the Porters' Lounge at the Dunedin
Railway Station last night,
about 90 people celebrated the standout artists of the
Festival director Paul Smith said he was ''thrilled''
thousands of people attended the more than 40 events
performed by about 200 artists.
Judges attended every event and criteria for the 14 awards
included the level of innovation, experimentation, standard
of presentation and audience engagement.
Vague de Cirque, of Montreal, won best of fringe for the
circus performance Carousel and Clothesline.
I believe the world's best fringe festivals have rampant
nudity and Dunedin Fringe did not disappoint, with men
swirling nipple tassels and a burlesque dancer removing her
merkin to imitate Adolf Hitler.
The Gore band the Plot Holes' first performance of Welcome
to Erection Capital entertained three large Globe Theatre
audiences and Auckland comedian Tarun Mohanbhai was a
The rumour is he will bring two shows to the festival next
The risks artists took need recognition, including the
bravery of Auckland actor Lara Fischel-Chisholm performing
This Is My Real Job to full houses at her family home.
Wellington couple playwright Ralph McCubbin Howell and
director Hannah Smith took a financial risk by hiring the
Playhouse Theatre and subletting it to artists, which
provided a hub for artists to mingle and hold impromptu
The rumour is the couple could return and do the same next
year. Fingers crossed.
Several shows sold out including
Nosferatu, Puppet Fiction, This Is My
Real Job, Nick Rado, James Nokise,
Streets and Lures, Cut.Paste.Collaborate and
Bravo. Viva la Fringe.
Fringe festival winners
• Best of Fringe: Carousel and Clothesline, Vague
de Cirque (Montreal).
• Best comedy: Let's Talk About the Golliwogs,
James Nokise (Wellington).
• Best dance and circus: Carousel and
Clothesline, Vague de Cirque (Montreal).
• Best music and cabaret: Streets and Lures,
Leyton Glen (Dunedin).
• Best theatre: MilkMilkLemonade, Hurdy Dur
• Best visual art and film: Never and Forever,
Anya Sinclair (Dunedin).
• Best Reels on Wheels short film: Light, Jade
• Best poster design: Hair of the Dog Productions
• Most original concept: The Road Less Travelled,
the Margaret Freeman Gallery.
• Most tour-ready: Finding Hephzibah, Urban Heart
• Most promising work: Welcome to Erection
Capital, The Plot Holes (Gore).
• Community engagement: Elephants in the Garden
of Gethsemane: A play, Jay Williams performed, Phoenix NZ
Performing Arts (Auckland).
• Standout performer: Samin Son (Wellington), for
Work and Play.
• Best production design: Streets and Lures,
Leyton Glen (Dunedin).