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Fringe First awards - Saluting the best of the fest

Arts editor Andrew Eaton reveals another eight winners of our Fringe First awards, and invites you to join us at our awards show next Friday

TODAY we are delighted to announce eight more winners of our prestigious Fringe First awards, which recognise outstanding new writing premiered at the festival each year. We can highly recommend all of these shows.

Even now, our judges are working their way around a long list of contenders for week three's prizes. Our final week's Fringe First winners will be presented with their awards by theatre star Simon Callow – who is currently starring in A Festival Dickens at Assembly @ George Street – as part of the Scotsman Fringe Awards at Assembly Music Hall on Friday 22 August.

We will be inviting two of our 2008 winners to perform extracts from their shows at the ceremony; there will also be musical performances by two of the best shows on the Fringe – to be announced shortly. If you would like to come along, fill in the form at the bottom of this page and take it to the Assembly box office on George Street. First come, first served.

In a Thousand Pieces (Gilded Balloon Teviot)

There are numerous strong shows this year about the horror and indignity women can suffer at the hands of men, and In a Thousand Pieces, a sharp, compassionate 50-minute piece about sex trafficking, is one of the best. It's a provocative, highly theatrical and deeply felt show.

The Caravan (Pleasance Courtyard)

This simple but powerful show is based on interviews with victims of 2007's floods in England, and is performed in a real caravan to an audience of eight. Book before it sells out, then.

Eight (Bedlam Theatre)

Edinburgh University Theatre Company put more experienced performers to shame with this superb series of state-of-the-nation monologues. Vote as you enter to decide which four of the eight on offer you get to hear.

Itsoseng (Pleasance Dome)

When apartheid was finally overthrown in South Africa, life got better for many black people, but not for the population of Itsoseng. This one-man play by Itsoseng's own Omphile Molusi paints a powerful, poignant but also funny picture of life in a forgotten township.

Terminus (Traverse)

Another strong piece of Irish theatre from this year's Traverse programme, Mark O'Rowe's dark, gothic triple monologue tells the story of a modern Irishman, mired in violence and disgust at his own sexuality, who sells his soul to the devil in return for a seductive singing voice. It's a lurid, sometimes shocking and beautiful show.

66a Church Road (Traverse)

A "break-up show" for the flat where he lived for six years, Daniel Kitson's new monologue is also a lament for a society that has lost its sense of beauty, humanity and craftsmanship.

Paperweight (Assembly @ George Street)

A surreal but sad and truthful site-specific show about office life.

Motherland (Underbelly)

Based entirely on verbatim interviews with the mothers, wives and sisters of British soldiers, this is a memorable show about the impact of war on families.

 
 
 

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