Well, another Perth Fringe Festival is done and dusted, but before the first of the sawdust and glitter even started being vacuumed up, awards have already been given to those artists and acts that stood out strongly.
The 2018 celebration of the Fringe World Awards were held last night at The Edith Spiegeltent to acknowledge a great section of the 750 events that took place over the course of the past four weeks.
The 2018 Festival sold more than 360,000 tickets and generated box office sales of almost $10 million. Total ticketed and non-ticketed attendance was more than 800,000 with audiences devouring cultural and entertainment offerings throughout the 31-day fest.
And now, the awards go to…
The Martin Sims Award went to What Doesn’t Kill You (Blah Blah) Stronger (below) a cabaret act featuring bizarre and extraordinary tales of survival from around the globe. Talls tales but true, and worthy of the big prize.
The Blaz Award, being the award for best writing for a performance by a WA writer went to Find the Lady, a rags-to-riches-to-rags story of a conman by magician-come-theatre-maker Matt Penny.
The Cabaret Award went to the ever-so-naughty Betty Grumble whose show Love & Anger (or Sex Clown Saves the World Again) saw sex delving into even grittier crevices to come up with enlightening nuggets of entertainment.
The Circus Award went to Briefs: Close Encounters (below), and deservedly so, for no act managed to balance circus and cabaret and comedy so seemingly effortlessly and yet with so much strength, smarts and gusto as this troupe.
The Comedy Award went to Super Woman Money Program, while comedianLuke Bolland also getting a gong for his laugh-a-minute act Name Dropper.
The Theatre Award, sponsored by ABC Radio Perth, went to two acts: Artifice with Stuart Lightbody (making misdirection appear magical), and Anyman, the story behind WA’s Shalom House which focused on the restoration of lives ruined by methamphetamine addiction.
The Dance & Physical Theatre Award went to The Honeymoon Suite, a production that combined dance with innovative lighting and awe-inspiring photography.
As for Cream’s pick of the bunch, we’d like to have seen Herstory: Leading Ladies (above) by comedienne-come-acrobat Imogen Kelly receive a gong, for a show that was educational, entertaining, heck it was enlightening and funny as; and Reuben Kaye’s one-night only comedy performance deserved some major recognition for the guy’s all-round intelligence, wit, repartee and total disregard for the usual rules in performance art. Antonino Tati
For a full list of nominees and winners of this year’s Fringe World Awards, visit www.fringeworld.com.au.