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New Zealand wins top award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Peter Wilson and Shona McKee McNeil receiving the Outstanding Theatre Award in Edinburgh - August 2014

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New Zealand wins top award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

'Duck, Death and the Tulip', the children's theatre production adapted by the New Zealand company Little Dog Barking from the book by German illustrator Wolf Eribruch, has won the award for Outstanding Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

Only two such awards were given this year over the 3000 companies performing at the Fringe . Peter Wilson, Director of Little Dog Barking, said the company was thrilled.

"We are blown away. It has been totally unexpected. It affirms all our hard work, the talent of our creative team, and the faith that Creative New Zealand and our Boosted supporters have had In us to help us get to Edinburgh this year.

The award is given only when several reviewers independently agree on the quality and impact of the best shows of the Fringe.

Reviewers described the production as very gentle and simple on the surface with huge depth and power beneath.

"There is a sense of peeping into another world and it being a great privilege to do so. A world that we might be able to see in the streets of Edinburgh if we could just turn our heads quick enough. I think I had a smile on my face throughout, even when there was a lump in my throat as well. And I overheard a young adult confessing to her friend that she had cried a little as I left" wrote reviewer Kate Saffin.

This production of 'Duck, Death and the Tulip' has been the brainchild of artistic director Peter Wilson. It was directed by Nina Nawalowalo, designed by Nicole Cosgrove, with award winning (Chapman Tripp Theatre Award) music by Gareth Farr and lighting design by Nigel Percy. Peter and his colleague Shona McKee McNeil performed the work in Edinburgh at Summerhall.

Fringe Review Theatre Awards - link to Fringe Review page

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Duck Death and the Tulip:

Outstanding Theatre Award from Fringe Review - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014

Best Composer of Music - Gareth Farr - Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013

Best Lighting Design Nomination - Nigel Percy - Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013


First Asian Pacific Puppet Festival - Best International Drama 2014

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