NZ Fringe Festival Announces Award Winners

Wednesday 18 March 2015

NZ Fringe Festival Announces Award Winners

NZ Fringe festival has announced the winners of its festival awards, in a ceremony that marked the 25th anniversary of the festival.

The winners were announced on Saturday at Wellington's St Peter's Church.

The big winner of the evening with six awards was Wake Up Tomorrow, a show created by Active youth with production company Everybody Cool Lives Here. Wake Up Tomorrow won Best Theatre - Ensemble, Best Production Design, Best Director (Isobel MacKinnon), Outstanding Ensemble (tied with Jingles - The Musical by Out of Bounds), Outstanding Performer (Nick Smith) and the coveted Best in Fringe.

Footnote New Zealand Dance's ChoreoCo also took home a few awards.

The full list of winners are below.

Best Dance Production
WINNER:
ChoreoCo. Just Bet/Ween Us by Footnote New Zealand Dance

Best Physical Theatre
WINNER:
Chameleon and Only Bones by Chameleon

Best Performance – Dance
WINNER:
Melana Khabazi for ChoreoCo. Just Bet/Ween Us by Footnote New Zealand Dance
NOMINATED:
Xin Ji for ChoreoCo. Just Bet/Ween Us by Footnote New Zealand Dance

Best Cabaret
WINNER:
Geraldine Quinn – MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt by Geraldine Quinn

Best Musical Production
WINNER
: Jingles – The Musical by Out of Bounds
NOMINATED: “
Boxed” by Boyscout
NOMINATED:
Post Mortem by Insomnia Productions

Best Podcast
WINNER:
Stranger Things (Other Lives) by My Accomplice and Radio New Zealand

Best Visual Arts
WINNER:
Upstream: Art Trail by Upstream: Friends of Central Park

Best Performance Art
WINNER:
 Back-Yard Oddity by Kate Bartlett & Chris Tempest

Best Improv
WINNER:
10 Things I Hate About Us by Playshop Performance Company
NOMINATED:
13 – A Soap by Kickin’ Rad Productions
NOMINATED:
Definitely Not Witches by Kickin’ Rad Productions

Best Stand-Up Comedy
WINNER:
Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
NOMINATED:
Geraldine Quinn – MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt by Geraldine Quinn
NOMINATED:
Ursus Americanus – with Comedian Neil Thornton by Neil Thornton

Best Comedy
WINNER:
Jingles – The Musical by Out of Bounds
NOMINATED:
Fanfic After Dark by Notrevie Productions
NOMINATED:
Geraldine Quinn – MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt by Geraldine Quinn
NOMINATED:
Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts

Best Theatre – Solo
WINNER:
Rukahu by Not Even Productions
NOMINATED:
Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
NOMINATED:
Real Fake White Dirt by Theatre Beating

Best Theatre – Ensemble
WINNER:
Wake Up Tomorrow by Everybody Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED:
10 Things I Hate About Us by Playshop Performance Company
NOMINATED:
Jingles – The Musical by Out of Bounds

Makes You Think Award
WINNER:
Rukahu by Not Even Productions
NOMINATED:
Gavin Roach Trilogy (Confessions of a Grindr Addict / Any Womb Will Do / I Can’t Say the F Word)
NOMINATED:
Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
NOMINATED:
My Favourite Problematic by Titty Theatre
NOMINATED:
Real Fake White Dirt by Theatre Beating

Best Newcomer
WINNER:
David Klein for Toward A Better Understanding of the Univers
WINNER: The Young Actors for To Sunder
NOMINATED:
Big Lies Theatre Company for Pupil Zero
NOMINATED:
Zoe Joblin for My Favourite Problematic

Risky Business Award
WINNER:
Radio New Zealand and My Accomplice
SPECIAL MENTION:
Circa Theatre and Everybody Cool Lives Here

Spirit of the Fringe
WINNER:
Catherine Badwind

Best Production Design
WINNER:
Wake Up Tomorrow by Everybody Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED:
7 Generations by With Lime
NOMINATED:
Labyrinthine by Created By Lightshade
NOMINATED:
Real Fake White Dirt by Theatre Beating

Best Writing
WINNER:
Jonny Potts for Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
WINNER:
Jess Holly Bates for Real Fake White Dirt by Theatre Beating
NOMINATED:
Paul Rothwell for Pupil Zero by Big Lies Theatre Company

Best Director
WINNER:
Isobel MacKinnon for Wake Up Tomorrow by Everybody Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED:
Geoff Pinfield for Real Fake White Dirt
NOMINATED:
Claire O'Neil for ChoreoCo. Just Bet/Ween Us

Innovative Concept
WINNER:
Scratch Nacht curated by Binge Culture Collective
NOMINATED:
Chameleon and Only Bones by Chameleon
NOMINATED:
Proficiency Test by Making Friends Collective

The Inaugural GOLD NUGGET Award
WINNER
: Proficiency Test by Making Friends Collective
NOMINATED
: Thin by Timeless Trash Productions

Outstanding Ensemble
WINNER:
Jingles – The Musical by Out of Bounds
WINNER:
Wake Up Tomorrow by Everybody Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED: 
13 – A Soap by Kickin’ Rad Productions
NOMINATED:
Lady Liberty by Infinite Dance Crew
NOMINATED: 
To Sunder by The Young Actors

Outstanding Performer
WINNER:
Nick Smith for Wake Up Tomorrow by Everyone Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED:
Geraldine Quinn for Geraldine Quinn – MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt by Geraldine Quinn
NOMINATED:
Jon Bon Fasi for Rukahu by Not Even Productions
NOMINATED:
Jonny Potts for Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
NOMINATED:
Thomas Monkton for Chameleon and Only Bones by Chameleon

Best of Fringe
WINNER:
Wake Up Tomorrow by Everybody Cool Lives Here
NOMINATED:
Loose: A Private History of Booze and Iggy Pop 1996-2015 by Jonny Potts
NOMINATED:
Real Fake White Dirt by Theatre Beating
NOMINATED:
Rukahu by Not Even Productions