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Awards and Nominations at Underbelly

25th Aug 2018

Underbelly shows are already smashing it this year with sell-out performances and so many five star reviews we can barely moo-ve. And the accolades keep on coming with Fringe awards shortlists, nominations and announcements rolling in. We’ll be adding to these as more come in, so check them out and get to the box office ASAP.




Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner 

Underbelly Cowgate | 15:20 (16:20) | 02 – 26 August

Company: Francesca Moody Productions in association with Underbelly

Announced as part of week one of The Scotsman’s Fringe First Awards, Angry Alan has been sweeping the board with 5-star reviews. Exploring the male masculine identity crisis and its growth in response to the feminist movement, Penelope Skinner’s new play is a darkly comic look at the developing far-right movement.



"packs a giant punch"



Underbelly Cowgate | 18:00 (19:00) | 02 – 26 August

Company: ThisEgg in collaboration with Made my Wardrobe

Week 2 of the Fringe First awards saw Underbelly Untapped show .dressed picked up as part of the acknowledgement of the high quality work on the Fringe scene produced by emerging companies. With Untapped, Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre aimed to give a platform to companies at an earlier stage of their development. It’s  so exciting to see .dressed’s affecting examination of female friendship and recovery from trauma recognised.



"Experimental, provoking and daring"


It's True, It's True, It's True

Underbelly Cowgate | 14:40 (15:40) | 02 - 26 August 

Company: Breach Theatre

Congratulations to Breach Theatre whose powerful portrayal of the 17th Century trial of Argostino Tassi for the rape of artist Artemesia Gentileschi has won praise from audiences and critics alike, swiping the final Fringe First awards in week three. If you're lucky you might be able to grab a ticket at the box office before this exceptional production finishes tomorrow. 


★★★★★ TO DO LIST

"you’re in for something truly bone-shaking!"




Queens of Sheba

Underbelly Cowgate | 18:50 (19:50) | 02 - 26 August

Company: Nouveau Riche / Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre

Another win for Underbelly's Untapped programme with Queens of Sheba  bagging The Stage Edinburgh award in week three of announcements. We are so proud to be supporting this phenomenal company with their sell-out show explosing misogynoir. At cowgate only until 26 August and tickets are going fast so get yours and experience brilliant new writing by this unstoppable young company. 



"Funny, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering"




Break Free

Underbelly Bristo Square | 16:35 (17:35) | 01 - 27 August

Company Wasabeats

Wasabeats' European premier of Break Free has smashed expectations and wowed its audience from day one - it's no surprise they've won the Asian Arts Award! Founded in 2014, this award promotes Asian artists and art forms at the Fringe, with judges looking for productions that show outstanding originality, creativity and innovation in their work. Big props to Wasabeats for this well-deserved win - and remember to catch their breathtaking breakthrough breakdance show now!



"Performing moves that will quite literally take your breath away"




Thrown by Jodi Gray

Underbelly Cowgate | 20:50 (21:50) | 02 - 19 August

Company: Living Record Productions

A brillint piece of multimedia performance, Thrown by Jodi Grey has won The Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence in association with Junkyard Dogs. Though the run has finished now (drat!) we would definitely keep an eye on Living Record and their future work. Well done to all!


"a complete must-see production"


Garry Starr Performs Everything

Underbelly Cowgate | 20:10 (21:10) | 02 - 26 August

Company: Plague IDiots & Stamptown and Pietagogetter

Disgraced Actor Garry Starr is defying his critics by performing every genre of theatre known to men in an effort to 'save' it. We can safely say after his run sold out in week 2 that Garry Starr has done just that, also bagging a Brighton Fringe Award in the process. Not that he needs validation from the establishment. Definitely not. EXTRA SHOW ADDED on Sat 25 Aug at 11.55pm and there are still tickets left! 



"consistently big laughs for all."


Hot Gay Time Machine

Underbelly Cowgate | 22:00 (23:00) | 02 - 26 August

Company: Zak Ghazi-Torbati, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss in association with Paul Taylor-Mills

After their multi-award winning debut at last year's Fringe, the hot gays are back and winning EVEN MORE gongs. Hot Gay Time Machine ocvers all the most important moments in a gay man's life, from coming out to your mum to trying not to look at the cocks in the locker room. No need to wait for Gay Marriage cause we have it already - so get yourself down to hot gay town for their final dates! 



"an evening of hilarity and joy"




Zach and Viggo: Thumpasaurus

Underbelly Cowgate | 23:59 (00:59) | Til 26 August

Company: Stamptown

Three Weeks Editors said "Every year we peruse the Fringe Programme and the flood of press releases we receive before the Festival on the look-out for the most interesting and innovative shows we can find. These are, after all, the very shows ThreeWeeks was set up to champion all the way back in 1996. We can safely say that when we heard about this next show, we definitely thought it sounded a little bit different: an “absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera”. We began by expecting good things – not least because its creators are well known in Fringe circles for their clowning brilliance – and good things definitely happened. One might view this show as a gamble, but it’s one that certainly paid off." Tonight is their last show at Cowgate - what other way to celebrate the end of the Fringe than a late night funky musical treat at the best venue in Edinburgh! 



Pickle Jar

Underbelly Cowgate | 16:40 (17:40) | 02 - 26 August

Company: Fight in the Dog & United Agents

Three Week's Editors said "although this award is for the new show she’s been performing at Edinburgh this summer, we have been watching her work in other capacities for a few years now. Her new one-woman show is excellent, as our review of it confirmed. “As the layers of the story build”, it reports, “it becomes apparent that there is something darker emerging, and when this is made clear it’s an emotional punch to the stomach. Although addressing themes of grief and consent, it’s full of humour too. Brilliantly written and highly relevant”. Tonight is her last show so get in quick before this beautiful show sells out!



"Rice's captivating performance that really makes this special."




Dangerous Giant Animals

Underbelly Cowgate | 12:00 (13:00) | 02-26 August

Company: Christina Murdock

Winner of the Sit-Up Awards 2018 is Dangerous Giant Animals, a play about what it means to grow up alongside a sibling with a disability. The Sit-Up awards are new to the Fringe, launched this year to recognise theatre that which aims to encourage audiences ‘to do something’ if they are affected by work they have seen on stage. For her show, creator and performer Christina Murdock receives £5,000 to produce her show beyond the Fringe.Of the show, the judges said "Dangerous Giant Animals poignantly shone a spotlight on events that are rarely discussed as they happen behind closed doors but which have a profound effect on the relationship between those with disabilities and their carers."

★★★★ The Scotsman

"an energetically directed, sharply written small-scale tragedy"




.dressed was shortlisted for the Total Theatre Awards in their emerging theatre category, meant to highlight companies like This Egg for Fringe hits by new guys on the block. Get yourself to cowgate to see this masterpiece before it finishes on the 27th - you may still be able to catch some resale tickets at the box office!



"dressed. is [...] brutally honest, raw"




An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Underbelly Bristo Square | 11:40 (12:45) | 01 - 27 August

Company: Jimmy Jewell Ltd

The beautiful storytelling adaptation of Morpurgo favourite An Elephant in the Garden was nominated for an Infallible Awards, run by Infallible Productions, who look for daring and exciting new plays to programme for their 2019 season in London's Draper Hall. The company keeps their entire box office taking and receives marketing support as well as free venue hire. Companies who receive an nomination are also invited to the venue - it's a win-win! An Elephant in the Garden runs every day until the 27th so don't wait to get tickets for this Underbelly award nominee before it's too late. 



"combines simplicity with beautiful storytelling, which will have you captivated"

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