Arts Update: Buxton Fringe awards

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THE Buxton Festival Fringe awards were dished out on Sunday in the Dome, home of Fringe sponsor the University of Derby Buxton.

Chair Stephanie Billen praised the high standard of entrants to the 32nd Buxton Fringe - the biggest ever.

In the much sought-after theatre categories, Shadow Syndicate, a youth drama group from Mansfield, were double winners – with their drama, Fugee, winning Young Production, and Chris William winning the Young Actor award for his role in the show. The play Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks won Theatre Production, with Nick Danan winning the Actor prize for the title role in the sell-out production of Macbeth in Poole’s Cavern.

Award winners receive free entry to next year’s Fringe, plus certificates.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Comedy, Show: Holmes and Watson (Max and Ivan); Individual: Isy Suttie (Pearl & Dave).

Dance: Richard (Makoto Inoue Ind.).

Film: Open Shorts 2011.

For Families: The Clock Master (Sparkle and Dark’s Travelling Players).

Music, Event Derbyshire CCYO Summer Concert (Derbyshire City & County Youth Orchestra), Performer: Laura Monaghan (Women in Love: An Evening of Song and Opera) Large Ensemble: Amaretti Chamber Orchestra (Music for Strings), Small Ensemble: The Ryebank Trio (Three’s a Crowd), Most Enjoyable: Pieces for Eight (Sovereign Saxophone Octet), Vocal: Ladybrook Singers, Solo Instrumentalist: Katrina Brown (High Peak Orchestra - Viola Concerto). New Writing: Salmagundi (Salmagundi at the Railway). Spoken Word: An Evening with Ian McMillan and Roy Fisher (Packhorse Poets).

Street Theatre: The Shakespeare Jukebox (Dick, Gerard & Maria, Buxton Drama League).

Theatre, Production: Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks (The Foundry Group (with The Ornate Johnsons); Young Drama: Fugee by Abi Morgan (Shadow Syndicate); Actor: Nick Danan (Macbeth from Macbeth); Chris William (Kojo from Fugee).

Visual Arts, Playing with Pattern.

Other Events: Evening of Close Up Magic (High Peak Magicians Society).

New Writing: Dev’s Army by Stuart D Lee.Spirit of the Fringe

Spirit of the Fringe: Flat on My Back Seeing Stars: Victor Barstool (Dolls House).

Lottery helps projects

SHEFFIELD Doc/Fest, the Showroom cinema and the Sensoria Festival of film and music are among the first projects to be supported by the British Film Institute’s Lottery Transition Fund for Audience Development. A total of 37 projects developing specialised and British film will receive a share of £888,547 from the fund set up in the wake of changes to national and regional film administration in the interim before a new film strategy come into effect from April 2012.

The Sheffield International Documentary Festival has been awarded £77,452 through a fast track assessment process since it took place last month.

The Showroom will get £9,900 to support its specialised programming, education work and the Showcomotion young people’s festival. Sensoria has been granted £9,980.

British Federation of Film Societies, which has its office in Sheffield, will also receive £46,350.