Fringe First awards: 5 winners from the final week

All of these people will be picking up Fringe Firsts at our big awards show at the Pleasance this morning. Will you be joining us?

This morning at 10am, our theatre critic Joyce McMillan will take to the stage at Pleasance Beyond as host of The Scotsman Fringe Awards, the biggest awards ceremony at the Edinburgh festival,

At the Fringe Awards we will be announcing the winners of the following major prizes:

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- the Holden Street Theatres Award, which supports one winning show for a run at the Adelaide Fringe next year

The Desk. Picture: Noomi Ljungdell
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- the Carol Tambor Award, which supports one winning show for a run in New York.

- the Brighton Fringe Award, which will support one winning show for a run at one of world’s biggest fringe festivals.

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- the Mental Health Fringe Award, presented by the Mental Health Foundation in recognition of the most compelling show about mental health at the Fringe.

- the Filipa Braganca award, which recognises the best solo performance by an emerging female artist.

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress. Picture: Ron Milsom
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8 Fringe First winners from week two
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As well as the awards presentations, there will be performances from two of this year’s Fringe First winning shows, The Patient Gloria and Bobby & Amy, and a closing performance by SK Shlomo, who has been nominated for the Mental Health Fringe Award.

We are especially delighted to be joined by our very special guest Stephen Fry, who will help Joyce McMillan present our final week of Fringe First winners - who you can read more about on this page.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to the Pleasance for hosting the awards and the University of Edinburgh, our partners for the Fringe Firsts.

Baby Reindeer. Picture: Andrew Perry

There are still a few free tickets left for the event. Pick yours up at the Pleasance box office if you want to join us.

Fringe First award winners for week three:

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The Desk, Summerhall, Until 25 August

Finland’s Reetta Honkakoski has created a brilliant,disturbing physical theatre piece about authoritarianism.

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The Afflicted. Picture: Contributed

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Until 26 August

Spellbinding musical theatre by Rowan Rheingans, drawing on family history in Germany.

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Baby Reindeer, Summerhall, Until 25 August

A chilling story about stalking and other forms of abuse, by Richard Gadd.

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E8. Picture: Contributed

The Afflicted, Summerhall, Until 25 August

An unsettling debut show by a new company, Groupwork.

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E8, Pleasance Dome, Until 25 August

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Powerful drama by Marika McKennell about a troubled teen.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis