It’s been another exhausting three weeks at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our core team of reviewers, Thom Dibdin, Lauren Paxman, Nick Awde, Natasha Tripney and Gerald Berkowitz — assisted by Alistair Smith, Nicholas Hamilton, Brian G Cooper, Mark Shenton, Sally Stott and Julian Hall — have reviewed just shy of 300 fringe shows, and awarded 42 of them the accolade of being a “Stage Must See”.
The fringe festival itself closed on Monday August 29, but for The Stage the climax of the fringe is the party in which the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence are announced.
There are four awards offered — Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Show. This year’s ceremony was held on Sunday at Dance Base. Nick Awde, head of the Stage reviews team, hosted the awards, with the winners announced by the newspaper’s managing director Catherine Comerford.
Below, you can see clips from the presentation, including the winners’ acceptance speeches, judge Thom Dibdin giving some commentary on why the panel chose the winning performances, and interviews with the winners themselves.