16 August, 2008

Sweeping the Angels

While performers, producers and festival folk milled around the Festival Theatre at this morning's Herald Angel Awards, The Herald's Arts Editor Keith Bruce presented EIF with four Herald Angel awards. Our Festival Director (and fearless leader) Jonathan Mills collected an award on behalf of The State Ballet of Georgia for their spirited unforgettable productions of Giselle and Mixed Bill. Jonathan also accepted an Angel for programming the critically acclaimed Song and Civilisation choral music series at Greyfriar's Kirk. Another Angel went to Scottish Opera's for their witty opera production The Two Widows which closed on Tuesday this week. And the final shiny gold statue went to, the lead actress in TR Warszawa's Dybbuk and 4.48 Psychosis (now showing at the Kings Theatre), Magdalena Cielecka. Magdalena gracefully accepted an award on behalf of the hard-working young company from Poland. Her fresh smiling face, far removed from the gripping character on stage in last night's premiere of 4.48 Psychosis, drew smiles from the crowd. Though it was the young company causing a stir at the Traverse with their show 'Once and for all we're gonna tell you who we are so shut up and listen' who drew the biggest smiles at today's Angels. A young performer who accepted the prize gave a breezy thank you speech that included thanking 'God. And I'd like to thank my brother, not that he did anything'. Three members of the young company were spotted on their complementary Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert fold out seats and binoculars outside the theatre post-ceremony. After the presentation, the crowd was treated to a performance from the African Chilren's Choir, who also took away an angel for their show in St Andrew's and St George's church in George St.

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