Festival chairperson Isabelle Paige presents Kate Elis with the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award 2017
As the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival drew to a close last weekend, the winner of the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award 2017 was announced as No Boundaries Theatre for their production of Camilla Whitehill’s Where Do Little Birds Go?
An honourable mention also went to Many Man by Spilt Milk Theatre. Written and performed by Tobias Weatherburn and directed by Becca Lidstone.
Festival chairperson Isabelle Paige congratulated the winners:
“Both these productions embody the spirit of fringe theatre: making a virtue of limited space and budget to bring raw humanity into sharper focus. We are delighted to recognise their accomplishments.”
Where Do Little Birds Go? is a one-woman show telling the story of Lucy Fuller who, in 1966, at the age of 18 was kidnapped by the Kray Twins and locked in a flat with an escaped murderer, Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell. A tale brought evocatively and claustrophobically to life on the opening weekend of the Cardiff Fringe, in the intimate performance space below the Little Man Coffee Company.
Kate Elis with the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award
Luke Hereford, artistic director of No Boundaries Theatre and director of Where Do Little Birds Go? said:
“All of us at No Boundaries were thrilled to find out that we won the TicketSource Festival Favourite Award. As such a young company, and with Where Do Little Birds Go? only our second venture into a full scale production, this recognition is particularly special. It's been such a great opportunity for us as a company to be a part of the second Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival, and a privilege to share Camilla Whitehill's play for the first time with Welsh audiences.”
TicketSource marketing director Alexander McLauchlan also commented:
“This is the first year TicketSource has sponsored the Cardiff Fringe Festival Favourite award, and I think we found a worthy winner in Where Do Little Birds Go? with both critical reviews and audience voting highlighting it as the standout performance of the festival... ‘A mesmerising performance from Kate Elis – as light as air and with the impact of a sledgehammer’ as one reviewer put it. There were also plaudits for the deft and subtle direction by Luke Hereford, and sound design by Josh Bowles. We wish them all well on their next endeavours.”
Next stop for No Boundaries Theatre is the Edinburgh Fringe with their production of Golf Course War Machine.