The Fringe always draws hopeful and enthusiastic performers and groups from around the world to its gigantic stage. Helping to keep it fresh and constantly-evolving, these first-timers often provide some unexpected delights amongst the more established acts that return year after year.
The nominations for the Edinburgh Festival Insider Best Newcomer Award 2009 are:
- Sambor Dudzinski’s The Time(less) Machine. Polish ‘art-warrior’ and multi-talented performance artist Dudzinski unveiled his marvellously original and captivating vision at Edinburgh for the first time this year.
- TBA Collaborative with The Grind Show. A young and enthusiastic group of students and alumni from Washington, TBA Collaborative brought their dark and alluring Grind Show for its Fringe debut.
- Princess Cabaret. Some of the princesses had never left Oz before, let alone brought an original and buzz-creating sketch show to the biggest stage in the world.
- Xavier Mortimer’s The Shadow Orchestra. A true hidden gem amongst Universal Arts’ excellent programme, Mortimer’s Fringe debut was spellbinding, magical and hugely enjoyable.
- The Paper Cinema with The Lost World. A beautiful and charming visit from The Paper Cinema with their unique and lovingly-recreated interpretation of Conan Doyle’s classic.
And the winner is…
TBA Collaborative with The Grind Show
For their infectious enthusiasm, for their dark and cleverly-realised vision, for their patronage of fellow performers throughout their visit, for their encapsulation of the spirit of the Fringe – and most of all for the fact they deserve all the encouragement they need to return here again next year with another show which will no doubt surpass the already wonderful Grind Show: TBA Collaborative, here’s your: