Awards to end Fringe Festival

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One of the biggest and busiest Buxton Fringes concluded this week with an emotional awards ceremony.

Chair Keith Savage welcomed performers and supporters to the ceremony at the Old Clubhouse on Sunday, and thanked everyone who performed in, or attended the 600 shows.

Mr Savage said the Fringe had been about “coming together to sing, to laugh, to watch, and to tell stories, and said the judging panel had worked hard to acknowledge the “especially imaginative, creative, exciting and stimulating” entrants.

In the Theatre category, the production award went to the exhilarating Around the World in 80 Days from Curious Grin Productions. Acting awards went to Jamie Robertson for War of the Worlds and Ellie Wade in Around the World in 80 Days. Katharine Armitage picked up the New Writing accolade for the superb After Party.

In youth theatre the production award went to Two Yolks Theatre for The Small Things. Ellie Burke from the Buxton-based REC Theatre received a Young Actor award for The Ash Girl.

Dotdotdot dance won the Dance Award for the second year with their flamenco.

The Peak District String Orchestra Concert won Large Ensemble

A large and diverse Visual Arts category resulted in an award for the ambitious Buxton Art Trail and awards for two artists: Zen Zamojski, whose work can be seen in the Derbyshire Open at Buxton Museum, and Buxton-based Sarah Brindley who won a Community Artist award for her exciting 3-D work with adults with learning 
difficulties.

Keith Savage, chair of the Fringe committee, enthused about the success of this year’s event.

He said: “This year was without doubt one of the best Fringes we have had in Buxton.

“The feedback we have had from audiences has been enthusiastic and positive.

“There were outstanding performances and productions all over the town. We welcomed brilliant musicians and artists and we can’t wait to see them again in 2016.”

The event ended with a heartfelt vote of thanks and a tribute to Fringe Chair Keith Savage from John Phillips, representing event sponsor, The University of Derby.

The full list of awards and nominations can be found at http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/awards2015.html.