2017 NZ Fringe Award Winners Announced

NZ Fringe Festival 2017 AWARDS

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah!

The Fringe, along with our incredible sponsors, is immensely proud to present 11 Awards for excellence as well as six awards for vitally important future development and touring.

Our 2017 Award Ceremony was hosted by beloved Festival Director Hannah Clarke and Festival stalwart Jen O’Sullivan, with an epic musical number by Carrie Green and Tom Knowles.

“This year the judging session took three hours longer than normal such was the quality of work presented at this year’s festival! I’m especially proud to see an increase in our artist development programme with additional touring awards to Australia but also within New Zealand. It’s a big step to professional touring and it’s exciting to see theatre’s like Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre getting behind Fringe artists to make that happen and new festival’s like Fringe in the ‘Stings stepping up. Keep an eye out for return seasons and touring Fringe shows, there’s some serious talent coming through!” - Hannah Clarke

We were honoured to be joined by Wellington MP Grant Robertson, His Worship the Mayor Justin Lester, our inaugural Soul of the Fringe Award winner Ray Ahipene-Mercer and all our amazing supporters, sponsors and industry whanau.

After rigorous discussions of 140 Fringe events, our diligent judges awarded the following 2017 Fringe artists:


Best Poster: Phantom Billstickers

WINNER:  Easy Living: Life in a Small Town  Playshop

Cake! A Delicious Late Night Cabaret FATG

DILF Suite Habana

Stoge Chollonge 2006 This Year's Stoge Chollonge Committee


Most Colourful Show: Resene

WINNER: Stoge Chollonge 2006 This Year's Stoge Chollonge Committee


Creative Spaces Capsule Exhibition Creative Spaces Capsule

Lisa Skye: Spiders Wearing Party Hats Lisa Skye

Photival Photography Festival Goldfish Creative

Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch Heartichoke Arts


Most Innovative Work: Wellington International Airport

WINNER: The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too  zin partnership


Dark Matter  Afterburner

Feet.Us House of Sand

Jacob’s After Party - Apple Box Brand

Most Promising Emerging Company: BATS Theatre

WINNER: Apple Box Brand – Jacob’s Party / Jacob’s After Party


Scungebags – Maggot

Here to Read the Metre – Open Mike Night


Most Promising Emerging Artist: Emerging Artists Trust

WINNER: Liam Kelly – Super Clean


Highly Commended - Lee Ray – Wahine Mawhero – Pink Maori Woman

Chris Watts – Bleeding Black

Jacob Edmonds – Feeling Groovy

Tom Knowles – Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s


Outstanding Ensemble: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth

WINNER: Fiery Tongues – Brainfruit


Dódeka – Infinite Dance Company

Fabricate – Fabricate Collective


Outstanding Performer: CCAT


Stella Reid – The Basement Tapes

Sameena Zehra – Tea With Terrorists


Bron Batton – Onstage Dating

Emma Hall – We May Have To Choose

Jon Bennett – My Dad’s Deaths


Best Directed Chaos: QT Museum Hotel

WINNER:  Jacob’s After Party – Apple Box Brand


Cake! A Delicious Late-Night Cabaret – FATG

The Basement Tapes – Chapel Perilous

The Dark Light – Choreoco by Footnote New Zealand Dance


The Parkin Development Award: Chris & Kathy Parkin and BATS Theatre

WINNER: Paying For It  Pumpkin Paradox


The Darkroom Tour Award: Centrepoint Theatre

WINNER: Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s  Tom Knowles


Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready AwardMelbourne Fringe & NZ Fringe. With additional support from Creative NZ and Trek Global

WINNER: The Basement Tapes – Chapel Perilous


SYNZ Tour Ready Award: Sydney Fringe & NZ Fringe. With additional support from Creative NZ and Trek Global

WINNER: Fabricate Fabricate Collective


Fringe in the 'Stings Tour Award: Fringe in the ‘Stings

WINNER: Allergic to Love: Curse of the 80’s  Tom Knowles


Adelaide Fringe Tour Ready Award: Adelaide Fringe & NZ Fringe

WINNER: Maggot  Scungebags


Spirit of the Fringe: CCAT and Costume Cave

WINNERS: George Fenn and Joel Wood


Inaugural Lifetime Fringe Soul Award: Awarded by NZ Fringe in recognition for ongoing services to Fringe and the Arts.

WINNER: Ray Ahipene-Mercer


Best of Fringe: His Worship the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester and NZ Festival

WINNER: Dark Matter  Afterburner


Jacob’s After Party Apple Box Brand

The Basement Tapes  Chapel Perilous

The internet is where innocence goes to die and you can come too  zin partnership