All-female Shakespeare wins Buxton Fringe award
An all-female Romeo and Juliet from Three’s Company and Smooth Faced Gentlemen took the top production in the theatre category at the Buxton Festival Fringe awards ceremony.
Acting awards went to Freddie Machin for Winston on the Run and Katie Robinson for Forwards and Backwards, while Michael Hart picked up the new writing accolade for Afterwords.
In youth theatre, The Bald Prima Donna swept the boards with male and female actor nods for Jake Martin and Gabby Monaghan as well as the production award for AQ Youth Theatre.
Vicky Ellis's Unconventional Attitudes took the Spoken Word honours; Little Giant prevailed in the families category with Going for Gold; and Sarah-Ann Cromwell was named Spirit of the Fringe for her Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva show, taking opera to new spaces.
Fringe chair Stephanie Billen said that although the awards recognised excellence, not everyone could win and there had been great art and performances across the Fringe.
“We appreciate the effort, talent and dedication that everyone has put into their shows, and are grateful to them for making this such a successful Fringe," she said.