Brighton Festival Fringe is delighted to announce Tumult in the Clouds and their performances of Fleeto and Wee Andy as the winners of the first Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award.
Tumult in the Clouds are a new ensemble based in Glasgow and their two shows look at knife-crime. Fleeto explores the guilt of a Glaswegian gang member who stabs an innocent teenager whilst Wee Andy, which runs parallel to Fleeto, tells the story of a surgeon who struggles to save a brutally slashed boy and the lengths his mother goes to save him.
They were shortlisted along with 12 other performances at the Edinburgh Fringe by the judging panel of Steven Brett – manager of The Nightingale, Brighton, Richard Jordan – theatre entrepreneur and impresario and Chris Taylor – director of New Writing South.
The winners have won the opportunity to perform Fleeto and Wee Andy at the Brighton Fringe 2012 at award-winning venue, The Nightingale. As part of the award, Tumult in the Clouds will receive help with travel and accommodation costs, free registration and marketing advice from the Brighton Fringe team and The Nightingale.
Steven Brett, manager of The Nightingale said: “We are delighted that, as winners of the Emerging Talent Award, Tumult in the Clouds will perform their two powerful and provocative pieces Fleeto and Wee Andy at next year’s Brighton Fringe. By confronting knife crime head-on these pieces bring a prevalent social issue into the Nightingale’s theatrical setting, giving audiences of all ages the chance to experience two tragic tales of people on both sides of a crime with devastating implications.”
The award was presented this morning (26 Aug) at the prestigious Scotsman Fringe Awards ceremony at the Assembly George Square Spiegeltent in Edinburgh.
Before handing the award to the winning company Tumult in the Clouds, Heather James talked to the packed audience of the Scotsman Fringe Award ceremony about the recognition of increasing artistic quality at Brighton Fringe, and Richard Jordan emphasised the importance of recognising emerging talent that is at the heart of fringe festivals.