All The Fringe Fresh Award Winners At The Cape Town Fringe 2017

The Cape Town Fringe Festival comes to a close on Sunday, 8 October. The eighteen-day feast of drama, music, dance, physical theatre, comedy and illusion was celebrated with an awards ceremony at the Fringe Club in Gardens on Saturday night. The awards, which honoured creative excellence across a number of categories, were presented in front of an audience of theatre professionals, media and fans.

Says Fringe Fresh Awards Convenor Motlatji Ditodi, “The variety of work on the programme this year has been challenging and incredibly FRESH. I am very happy to have witnessed the work that the Fringe had to offer.”

The Fringe Fresh Awards were chosen by a panel of industry experts (see the list at the end of this release).

 

The Fringe Fresh Awards winners are as follows:

The FRESH Creative Award – awarded to an outstanding arts practitioner making or contributing to the making of work in any genre (producer, director, writer, composer, designer, choreographer, etc) goes to:

Fresh Creative – Choreography

Mzokuthula Gasa for Abangabonwa (The Unseen)

Fresh Creative – Directing

Mahlatsi Mokgonyana for Tswalo

Fresh Creative – Writing

Khayalethu Anthony for The Champion

 

In the category, FRESH ‘We See You’ Award for exceptional work in which both process and craft are evident and worthy of special mention, the winners are:

 

Fresh We See You

Black Pride

Fresh We See You

Dirty Laundry En Vuil Wasgoed

Fresh We See You

Gug’ Othandayo the Musical

Fresh We See You

Ikhaya

 

In the category, FRESH Audience Award for the most popular production based on proportional ticket sales and audience feedback the winner is:

 

Fresh Audience

Samthing Soweto Gold Tour

 

The FRESH Spirit Award celebrates an artist or arts organisation working in any genre whose work embodies the spirit of ‘Fringe’ and the winner is:

 

Fresh Spirit

J BOBS Live – Off The Record

 

The Fresh Performer award for a stand-out performance by an artist in any genre (music, dance, comedy, illusion, etc)

 

Billy Langa in Tswalo

 

The Freshest Show award for the best Overall Production at the Cape Town Fringe

 

J BOBS Live – Off The Record

 

 

The nominees for the Fringe Fresh Awards 2017 were:

 

Fresh Creative – Director / Creator (Game Show Concept)

J BOBS Live – Off The Record

Jefferson Tshabalala

Fresh Creative – Magician

Hocus Pocus

Brendon Peel

Fresh Creative – Script

Stones

by Ntsika Benya

Fresh Creative – Writing

Tswalo

Billy Langa

Fresh Creative – Directing

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Nicola Hanekom

Fresh Creative – Directing

Phefumla / To Breathe

Thando Doni

Fresh Creative – Directing

In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament

Kei-Ella Loewe

Fresh Creative – Unmute Dance Company

Access Me

Fresh Performer

Abangabonwa (The Unseen)

Thembekile Komani

Fresh Performer

Abangabonwa (The Unseen)

Amykay Klaasen

Fresh Performer

Abangabonwa (The Unseen)

Nkosentsha Tamana

Fresh Performer

Black Pride

Emihle Mdingi

Fresh Performer

Boy Ntulikazi

Thobani Nzuza

Fresh Performer

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Megan Oberholzer

Fresh Performer

Iziqhamo Zobomi

Somila Toyi

Fresh Performer

J BOBS Live – Off The Record

Jefferson Tshabalala

Fresh Performer

Kasi Stories: A Story Not Often Told

Thulani Mtsweni

Fresh Performer

Ndendile

Sinoxolo Cezula

Fresh Performer

The Blue Period of Milton van der Spuy

Francis Mennigke

Fresh Performer

The Funeral

Mpapa Simo Majola

Fresh Performer

The Playroom

Thembekile Komani

Fresh Performer

The Playroom

Babalwa Makwetu

Fresh Performer – Bass Guitarist

Ernestine Deane

Tiana Marwanqana

Fresh Performer – Keyboard Player

Ernestine Deane

Nobuhle Mazinyane

Freshest Show

(w)asem

Freshest Show

Abangabonwa (The Unseen)

Freshest Show

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Freshest Show

In Whorefish Bloomers: The Waitresses’ Lament

Freshest Show

Kasi Stories: A Story Not Often Told

Freshest Show

Samthing Soweto Gold Tour

Freshest Show

The Champion

Freshest Show

The Playroom

Freshest Show

Tswalo

Freshest Show

Worst of Both Worlds

Freshest Show 

Gug’ Othandayo the Musical

 

 

The panel comprises:

 

Motlatji Ditodi (convenor)

Celeste Botha

Kurt Egelhof

Paul Griffiths

Faye Kabali-Kagwa

Atiyyah Khan

Steven Kretzmann

Ukhona Mlandu

Mbongeni Nomkonwana

Gabriella Pinto

Tracey Saunders

 

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ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN FRINGE

The Cape Town Fringe is managed by the National Arts Festival. The City of Cape Town is the Host Sponsor of the Cape Town Fringe, while Standard Bank is the Presenting Sponsor of the event. 

 

IMAGE: #BalletMustFall with Asisipho Malunga – credit Jared Musiker