Ross recognised with actor award at Buxton Fringe

Steve Orme

Ross Ericson of Grist To the Mill Productions won the male actor award at the 2017 Buxton Fringe for The Unknown Soldier.

The one-man show, also written by Ericson, looks at World War I through the eyes of a man who survived the carnage and stayed on when the guns fells silent to search the battlefields for those who could not go home—the dead and the missing.

Jessica Newborough from Nuneaton-based Sudden Impulse picked up the female actor award for Vincent River by Philip Ridley.

The theatre production award went to Oxford-based Gruffdog Theatre for its adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

The John Beecher Memorial Award for original, challenging work with high production values went to The Marriage of Kim K by Manchester’s Leoe and Hyde, an adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro loosely based on Kim Kardashian’s infamous marriage to Kris Humphries.

The new writing award went to Matthew Floyd-Jones for Richard Carpenter’s Close to You.

Young drama talent was recognised with Nottingham’s Shadow Syndicate winning youth production for We Lost Elijah and Irene Ebeye from the same production being awarded the youth actor prize.

At the awards ceremony, chair Keith Savage thanked all those who had entered events for the “entertainment and stimulation” they had offered to thousands of people. He explained that the awards recognised excellence but the Fringe avoided the term “best”.