Total Theatre Awards 2018 winners announced

Since 1997, the Total Theatre Awards have been recognising innovative and artist-led performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  The winners of the Total Theatre Awards 2018 have been announced. Over the course of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 29 peer assessors, comprising of artists, producers, programmers, curators, critics and academics assessed 461 shows across the first 11 days of the festival, from which a shortlist of 22 nominated shows was announced on 16 August 2018.

Following this, the nominated shows were viewed by a panel of 22 judges who have awarded seven awards across five categories – one Total Theatre & Theatre Deli Award for an Emerging Company / Artist, two awards for Physical/Visual Theatre, one Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus, one Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance, and two awards for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing With Form. One Significant Contribution Award is also presented.

Speaking about the award winners, Co-Directors Jo Crowley and Becki Haines said;

Total Theatre continually and rigorously re-evaluates what performance is and what it can be by championing artists who are committed to innovation. The shortlisted artists and winners in 2018 have all built upon our understanding and articulation of this. The Shortlisted and winning shows evidence the creative potential that can be found in providing space for visionary artists and theatre makers to create without censors, and to share their voices directly and unfiltered to an audience.

Total Theatre Awards is not alone in identifying underrepresented practitioners and voices in this festival and is moving forward on tangible steps with partners, to explore how they  might provide resources and opportunities to better support and develop the artists, critical voices and leaders who are not a part of the conversation at this point.

The  details of all the winners below

The Total Theatre Award Winners 2018 are:

Total Theatre & Theatre Deli Award for an Emerging Company / Artist

Cock, Cock… Who’s There?
Samira Elagoz in association with From Start to Finnish (Finland)


Physical / Visual Theatre

Another One

By Lobke Leirens and Maxim Storms
Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall (Belgium)


Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company (Belgium)


Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus

Casting Off
Sharon Burgess Productions and A Good Catch (Australia)


Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance

V / DA and MHz, in association with Feral (Scotland)


Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form

Natalie Palamides: NATE
Soho Theatre (England/United States)


Pussy Riot: Riot Days
One Inch Badge (England/Russia)


Significant Contribution Award

Le Gateau Chocolat