- Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened
The 25th Atlantic Fringe Festival drew to a close in the wee hours of Monday morning as the Fringe handed out its popular Fringe Hits and juried awards.
Ginger Nation was the winner of the Number One Fringe Hit! Award this year. Shawn Hitchins’s one-man autobiographical comedy about a red-headed sperm donor was the most watched show of the festival.
Rounding out the Top 5 Fringe Hit! Award winners are Once: Africville Stories, Up in the Air: A Circus Love Story, Heroic, and Sit On My Face and other tales of the boudoir. Competition among fringe hits was very tight, with Ginger Nation beating Once: Africville Stories by just a handful of tickets.
The juried awards were selected by a panel of critics, theatre practitioners and fans consisting of Kate Watson, Scott Watson, Carey Bray, Leslie MacDonald and Tom Regan. The winners are:
Best of Festival Award - Theatre Brouhaha's Punch Up
Best Drama Award - Once: Africville Stories
Best Comedy Award - This is Violet
Best Musical Award - You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
Best Dance Award - Toxicity
Best Director Award - Dorian Lang for Spirits
Best Original Script Award - David Woods for Once: Africville Stories
Best Performer Award - Andrew Chandler for The Story of a Sinking Man
Best Performer Award - Christine Daniels for The Yellow Wallpaper
Fringiest Fringe Show Award - Sit On My Face and other tales of the boudoir
The 25th Atlantic Fringe featured 50 shows from across Canada and the US. Ginger Nation came to the Atlantic Fringe from Toronto, and Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch Up from Cape Breton. Some other shows popular with audiences were the magic show Smoke & Mirrors from Halifax, The Eulogy from Virginia, the bellydance show Spellbound from Halifax, Divine Intervention from Quebec, and Attention to Detail from Quebec. Drag Queen Stole My Dress from Toronto in Theatre Nova Scotia's small venue The Living Room sold out its entire run.