Big winners: Osara Soup for My Exploding Family
AND ANOTHER FRINGE COMES TO AN END
It finally rained on the 22nd St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe, but only at the last minute. After ten days of sunshine – a few of which came complete with a stifling heat wave – the festival came to a close with the usual party / awards show that is the Frankie awards. Shorter than the Academy Awards and a lot more enjoyable, the proceedings were hosted by the hosts of the 13th Hour, the Fringe’s live late-night talk show: perky Kiki Razzle, gallant Philip Fairbanks and bunny-eared Cat Lemieux (it’s better not to ask).
Three dance numbers were interspersed with the various awards and accolades, which included a sneak peek of Fringe favourites Dance Animal’s upcoming show at the Just for Laughs Festival. Artistic director Amy Blackmore was visibly moved by the efforts of her small band of staff and large band of volunteers – over two hundred people gave their time this year to help keep the Fringe festival chugging along.
But I’m not giving out any awards this year so enough of what I thought. Many of these awards come complete with cheques and / or opportunities to perform again in the future, so if you missed anything this year, don’t despair. And now without further ado, the winners of the 2012 Frankie Awards are:
Beyond the Mountain Award - Tough by Kirsten Rasmussen
Bouge d’ici – Most Promising Choreography – Le projet migration –
CEAD Award for Most Promising Francophone Playwright - Le retroviseur by
Centaur Theatre – Best English Production – My Exploding Family (Osara Soup)
Chapters Best English Text - Kissed by a Butterfly by Shiong-En Chan
Cirque de Soleil Best Original Production - 4 Kg – Sarah Bronsard
The FREEBIE Award from Freestanding Room - Gaulier Made me Cry (Theatre
a la Sauvage)
Greenlands Production Music Award – Lakes of Canada
Just for Laughs Best English Comedy - Peter n’ Chris and the Mystery of the
Hungry Heart Motel (Peter ‘n Chris)
Mainline Theatre Next Stage Award – Vicious Circles (Theatre Sans Fond /
Rubiks Best Poster Design – Big Girls Don’t Cry (Crowning Monkey
Spirit of the Fringe Award – Maluron Malurette, Tidlidoum
Theatre Denise-Pelletier – Fred Barry Award for Best Production Design –
Dreaming in Autism (La Tigressa Productions)
Zone HOMA Best French Production – Monsieur Victor (Les Visceres)
That’s it for Fringe 2012 – see you all next year!