PRESS RELEASE For immediate release July 25 2005

At the end of an exciting Fringe featuring some 350 performances, the Buxton Festival Fringe committee has come up with its eagerly-awaited list of awards.

The Buxton Fringe Festival runs in July alongside the mainly opera-based official festival and is the largest Fringe in England. As ever the decision-making process was a tough one with the enormous and vibrant drama category having to be split up into several sections so that more than one production could be honoured with a prize. The committee also remarked on the high quality of the Music entries and also of the events in the For Young People section. Award categories vary each year. For the first time, an award was made to the 'Fringiest' event in tribute to some of the wackier attractions at this year's Fringe. This year the committee also decided to make an award for Long Service to the Fringe. Between them, the joint winners of this award have been performing for more than 40 years.

The cash awards do not come from the performers' entry fees to the Fringe but from generous donations from sponsors including the Trevor Osborne Property Group Ltd, The Old Hall Hotel and one anonymous donor.

The 2005 Buxton Festival Fringe as a whole is sponsored by High Peak Borough Council, The University of Derby College, Buxton and Orange Box Design.

After much deliberation, the results were announced as follows:

Nominations and Winners of Fringe Awards


Moving Pictures starring Denice Hope (MediaMedea) Winner

Nominations: The Buxton Buzz Comedy for July 9 line-up of Mrs Barbara Nice, Mat & Faron, Tim Craven, Matt Reed and Agraman (Buxton Opera House); Stand Up (Four Blondes and a Blackhead)

Musical Comedy

Plane of Existence (Three's Company) Winner

Nominations: Space Rox - The Sci-Fi Musical (Taste Productions); Romeo and Juliet - Deceased (The Musical) (The REC Theatre Co Ltd)

Drama - Best Production

* Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Northface Theatre Company) Winner

Nominations: Seeds of Doubt (Buxton Drama League), Caf Sinatra (Caf Society); (Encounters of Another Kind); Dark Journey (Paper Bag Productions); Young Chekhov (Stage Three); The Importance of Being Earnest (Wild Shows and Feasts)

Drama - New Writing

Sophie and Orlando Brookes for (Encounters of Another Kind) Winner

Nominations: Peter Harrison for Caf Sinatra (Caf Society); Rina Silverman for Seeds of Doubt (Buxton Drama League); Tom Crawshaw for Plane of Existence (Three's Company)

Drama - Actor

Martin Oldfield in Caf Sinatra (Caf Society) Winner

Nominations: Robbie Carnegie, Maria Carnegie, Margaret Gill in Seeds of Doubt (Buxton Drama League); Michael McKrell, Simon Norbury and James Scales in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (Northface Theatre Company); Helen Grady in Larkin with Women (Fragile Theatre); Caroline Small in Travels with a Broken Heart (CCH)

Drama - Young Drama

Lear's Daughters (Sidetracked Theatre) Winner

Nominations: Hannah and Hanna (In Yer Space); Romeo and Juliet (The Young Rec Theatre Co)

Drama - Young Actor

Rachael McCormick in Hannah and Hanna (In Yer Space) Joint Winner

Nicola Thorp in Hannah and Hanna as above Joint Winner

Nominations: Verity May Henry in Lear's Daughters (Sidetracked Theatre); Anna Grady and Beth de Cent in The Wizard of Oz (The REC Theatre Co Drama School)


Tea for two, plus three... at four! (Buxton Brass Quintet) Winner

Nominations: Concert Among Friends (Amaretti Chamber Orchestra); Music for a Summer Evening (King Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield); Shameless Advertising for the Vine Magazine, with special mention of LowLowLowLaLaLaLoveLoveLove (The Vine Magazine); Bewitched - The Songs of Rodgers and Hart (Rachael Pennell); Jazz from Scotland (Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer)

Music Performer

Jonathon Ormston for Xylophone Concertino in Summer Concert (High Peak Orchestra) Winner

Nominations: Rachael Pennell (Bewitched - The Songs of Rodgers and Hart); Kristina Jones in Una voce poco fa. From Rossini's Barber of Seville, A Gala Night of Song (Sheffield City Opera)


Pump Room Art & Craft Exhibition (High Peak Artists' & Craft Workers' Association) with particular mention of its free art demonstrations and workshops

Nominations: Annual Exhibition (Burbage Art Group); Collectors and Collections: Randolph Douglas and the House of Wonders (Buxton Museum and Art Gallery)

Young People's Events

The Age of Miracles (Bexton Primary) Winner of Best Event By Young People

Hansel and Gretel (Kipper Tie) Winner of Best Event For Young People

Nominations: Wind in the Willows (Library Theatre Touring Co); Around the World in 80 Stories or Less (Freefall Storytelling); The Wizard of Oz (The REC Theatre Co Drama School); The Enchanted Woodland (Stone and Water)

Spoken Word

A Curse at the Gates of the Wind (Freefall Storytelling)

Nomination: Fringe Readings (Buxton Festival Fringe)

"Fringiest" Event

Musical Paintings out of the Poetry Oven (Margento) Winner

Nominations: (Encounters of Another Kind); Sex, Flies and Smelly Sticky Tape (Sexy Science Inc. Presents the Dr Jones Show)

Long Service to the Fringe Award

Mrs Jennie Ainsworth: Vera Brittain's Buxton Joint Winner

Johnny Dagger: King Sterndale Slides with Music Joint Winner

Nominations: Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque Music (Partita); Fringe Readings (Buxton Festival Fringe)

* Attached photo shows Northface Theatre Company, from left to right: Simon Norbury, James Scales and Michael McKrell