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NZ Fringe Festival 2016 Award Winners



The biggest Fringe Festival in New Zealand has drawn to a close celebrating 23 days, 150 productions, and over 700 presentations of work at our NZ Fringe Festival 2016 Awards at St Peter’s on Willis, Sunday 6th March.

Every year the NZ Fringe celebrates artistic excellence and risk across the festival and a panel of industry professionals scrutinise and fight it out to select a few standout works for accolades.

The award ceremony was aided by expert hosts, Jennifer O’Sullivan, James Nokise, Jon Coddington, and sensation in orange fur – DORGE – awards were given acknowledging artistic risk, innovation, and quality.

As Fringe Festival Director, Hannah Clarke noted “The Fringe Festival is a starting line for great art, many award winners have gone on to do great things both with the winning work and future creations. We’re looking forward to seeing where this year’s participants take themselves and their work!”

The NZ Fringe Festival 2016 Awards recipients are:

(runners up are listed alphabetically)

Most Innovative Work
Supported by Wellington International Airport
WINNER: The Lucid Dream Bike by Pie in the Sky, Bicycle Junction, and Cinema of The Poor
RUNNER UP: Castles by House of Sand, Love Bomb Movement by Pinwheel Dance Theatre, Sonic Windows by Art Invention Theatre

Outstanding Performer
Supported by Hair Ministry
WINNER: Gabriela Munoz for Perhaps, Perhaps … Quizas
RUNNER UP: Carrie Green for Man Parts – Dannevirke’s Greatest Female Tenor, Eliza Sanders for Castles, Ian Michael for HART, Jo Randerson for Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong

Outstanding Ensemble
Supported by Gibson Sheat
WINNER: The Owl & Pussycat by Company of Giants
RUNNER UP: Last Meals: A Nine Course Buffet by Cool, Calm and Collective, To Infinity and Beyond by Infinite Dance Crew

Most Promising Emerging Company
Supported by BATS Theatre
WINNER: House of Sand for Castles & Knitting While Sleeping
RUNNER UP: How About Now for Know Yourself, Pressure Point for Potato Stamp Meglomaniac, She Said Theatre for HART

Most Promising Emerging Artist
Supported by Emerging Artists Trust
WINNER: Tony Black for The Offensive Nipple Show, Against the Piercing Sun, Personal Filter
RUNNER UP: Ali Jacs for Jagged Little Pilgrimage, Keely Meechan for Last Meals, Jason Henderson for I Think You’ll Like This, There’s Nothing on TV & Cake Tea and Courtship: Songs of the 1920’s, Tea Leaf Soldiers for Cities

Tastiest Show
Supported by Wellington Chocolate Factory
WINNER: Awkward Threesome by Kickin’ Rad Productions
RUNNER UP: Ciclovia by Cycle Aware Wellington, Man Parts – Dannevirke’s Greatest Female Tenor by Now We Are 30 Productions, Samoan 101 by Jandels Inc

Most Colourful Show
Supported by Resene
WINNER: Vivid by Everybody Cool Lives Here/Vivid Wellington
RUNNER UP: DORGE – ABCDS&M by Present Company, The Glitta Supernova Experience “Let’s Get Metaphysical” by Pretty Peepers Cabaret, The Lucid Dream Bike by Bicycle Junction with Pie in the Sky and Cinema of The Poor

Best Poster
Supported by Phantom Billstickers
WINNER: Knitting While Sleeping by House of Sand
RUNNERS UP: Layman by Show Pony & The Offensive Nipple Show by Jess Holly Bates and Sarah Tuck

Spirit of the Fringe
Supported by Creative Capital Arts Trust
WINNER: Michael Trigg

Best in Fringe
Supported by Her Worship the Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the NZ Festival
WINNER: Perhaps, Perhaps… Quizas by Gabriela Munoz
RUNNER UP: Castles by House of Sand, Sameena Zehra – Homicidal Pacifist by Sameena Zehra, The Offensive Nipple Show by Jess Holly Bates and Sarah Tuck

Development awards:
Tiki Tour Award
Presented by Melbourne Fringe Festival
Supported by CreativeNZ and Trek Global
WINNER: The Offensive Nipple Show by Jess Holly Bates and Sarah Tuck

The SYNZ Award
Presented by Sydney Fringe Festival
Supported CreativeNZ
WINNER: Castles by House of Sand

Busk-Ability Rubber Chicken Award (BARC award)
Presented by the World Buskers Festival
WINNER: DORGE – ABCDS&M by Present Company

Residency Award
Presented by NZ Pacific Studio
WINNER: Rose Kirkup for I Am Tasha Fierce
RUNNER UP: Eliza Sanders House of Sand, Keeley Meechan Last Meals, Sarah Delahunty Where She Stood

The NZ Fringe awards are made possible by the generosity of our judging panel and our partners and sponsors.

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