Trilogy’s trio of Fringe Firsts

Aug 19 2015 | By More

Quines get third Fringe First & Trav gets three

Stellar Quines has won its third Fringe First for the Jennifer Tremblay trilogy of plays, with one going to The Deliverance.

A Fringe First was awarded to both of the first two plays in the trilogy: The List in 2012 and The Carousel in 2014. All are written by the Quebec playwright Jennifer Tremblay, produced by Stellar Quines and star Maureen Beattie.

Maureen Beattie with the trio. Photo Jakub Michalski

Maureen Beattie with the trio. Photo Jakub Michalski

In Æ’s review of The Deliverance, Hugh Simpson said “Tremblay’s script, once again superbly translated by Shelley Tepperman, is spare, elegant and poetic.”

The Traverse was also a winner at the first week Fringe Firsts, awarded on Friday. In terms of shows made in Edinburgh, the Traverse production of Swallow – written by Stef Smith and directed by the theatre’s artistic director Orla O’Loughlin – was recognised.

The Fringe First award is for new writing, and Hugh wrote of Swallow : “The language is spare and poetic, with the rhythm of the speeches ebbing and flowing, cleverly underscored by Danny Krass’s sound design.

Also recognised at the Traverse were The Christians, written by Lucas Hnath, and directed by The Gate Theatre’s AD. Christopher Haydon, and A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Gareth Nicolls for Show and Tell.

Speaking of the award for The Deliverance, Muriel Romanes artistic director of Stellar Quines and director of The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy said: “The List, The Carousel and The Deliverance have all been created by the same talented team. The three Fringe First Awards are a well-deserved recognition of their consistent commitment to quality and a very special shared experience.

“They are also down to the magnificence of Maureen Beattie, the extraordinary, poetic writing of Jennifer Tremblay and Shelly Tepperman’s exquisite translation.”


Click on the links for the reviews and production details

The List review from 2013: The List

The Carousel review from 2014: The Carousel

The Deliverance reviewed this year: The Deliverance

Swallow review from this year: Swallow


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