Each year, certain performers and companies visit Edinburgh for their first time, full of hopes and dreams of making it big.
Some fail, some succeed – all of them help to make the Fringe that wonderful thing it is: a showcase of new and emerging talent where stars of the future are born.
In recognition of those brave people who choose Edinburgh for their work’s baptism, here are our nominations for 2010’s Best Newcomer.
- Jeff Achtem’s Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones – reminding us that ‘it’s time to play’, Jeff Achtem’s endearing and technically superb shadow puppetry was wonderful to behold
- The House of Burlesque’s Circus Burlesque – bringing their artistic and at times beautiful show to Edinburgh for the first time, Circus Burlesque proved to be a smash-hit show that wasn’t afraid to stand up for itself
- Jam Jar Theatre’s Following Wendy – this young theatre company from Bristol brought a wonderfully dark vision of JM Barrie’s Neverland to C Soco in a production filled with a bittersweet magic and excellent performances
And the winner is…
Jeff Achtem’s Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones
A deceptively simple show created by a hugely gifted performer. Clowning, comedy, movement, shadow puppetry combined to form one of the most creative, inspiring, and original experiences on offer at the Fringe this year. Truly magical, and well deserving of our