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Applications Open Now for HST Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019!

Applications are now open for the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe!

HST are once again offering the chance for a company to come to the 2020 Adelaide Fringe to perform as our headline act.

2020 will be an exciting time to be at Holden Street as it's the 60th anniversary of the Adelaide Fringe!

Take a look at the HST Edinburgh Fringe Award criteria here, and click here to download an application form.

Please email completed applications to manager@holdenstreettheatres.com.

Applications will remain open throughout the Edinburgh Fringe however applications that are received after the 10th of August 2019 will not be replied to.

Holden Street Theatres' Ed Fringe Award Winners 2018

Congratulations to Extinguished Things & Build a Rocket - the winners of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2018. Two exceptional shows that will once again headline our Holden Street Theatres Adelaide Fringe program.


"★★★★★ - What a storyteller!" - GLAM Adelaide

"★★★★ ½ Vivid and beautifully told" - InDaily

"9.2/10 - This new play by Molly Taylor stands tall upon the shoulders of her previous Adelaide Fringe hit, Love Letters To The Public Transport System." - The Adelaide Show

"A complex tale that’s beautifully elaborated" - Global Media Post

"To see Molly Taylor perform is to feel that you have made a new friend." - 5MBS

"★★★★★ - an achingly beautiful piece of theatre" - British Theatre Guide

"★★★★★ - Extinguished Things is an elaborately beautiful exploration of the fragility of our lives" - Ed Fest Mag

"★★★★ - Molly Taylor is a gifted storyteller...An absorbing hour that brings to light the lives being lived behind closed doors." - The List

★★★★★ - Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ - Cinemas Fringes

★★★★ - Voice Mag

★★★★ - The Herald


"10/10 - Build A Rocket is that worthy and important kind of theatre that reminds us of things we should never have forgotten." The Adelaide Show

"★★★★ 1/2 - Manteghi delivers what will surely be one of the best performances to be witnessed this Fringe" - Kryztoff RAW

"★★★★ - Serena Manteghi is a talented actress and Christopher York has written a great script" - GLAM Adelaide

"★★★★ - Serena Manteghi is an absolute powerhouse" InDaily

"Manteghi’s perfomance is strong and vivacious, the story told in writing which is unpretentiously poetic, with humour and pathos." - 5MBS

★★★★ - The Telegraph

★★★★ - The Scotsman

★★★★ - FEST Mag

★★★★ - Edinburgh Guide

★★★★ - The Wee Review

★★★★ - Daily Business Magazine

★★★★ - Yorkshire Post

★★★★1/2 - The Theatre Twittic

"A breathless, swaggering hour of female endurance and defiance” - The Telegraph

"Delivered with pedal-to-the-metal conviction" - The Scotsman

"A proper tour-de-force from a leading actor" - FEST Mag

"An exciting modern take on the kitchen sink drama" - The Edinburgh Guide

"A high-voltage performance" - The Guardian

"Compelling performance" - The Reviews Hub

"Powerfully poetic, angry, energised, enthused, fresh, vibrant, lustful, lascivious, and lustrous" - The Scarborough News

Holden Street Theatres' Ed Fringe Award 2017

Congratulations to 'Flesh & Bone' the winners of the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2017. We are so incredibly excited to have you headlining our Holden Street Theatres Adelaide Fringe 2018 program.


Flesh & Bone

By Elliot Warren

"I can't wait for you to see this one.... it's one of those shows you always hope to find." - Martha Lott

***** "A standing ovation..." Ed Fringe Review

***** " Flesh and Bone is a feat of genius scriptwriting." - Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

***** "...a visceral high-octane production..." British Theatre Guide

**** "As gritty and graphic as it is articulate and assertive..." Edinburgh Guide

**** "as rollickingly funny as it is punchily poignant." The Stage

**** "There's a glorious, rolling swagger to Flesh & Bone. " - Fest

****"“What piece of work is a man?” Flesh And Bone explodes on to the stage as if Shakespeare was alive and well and living in a tower block in east London." Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner.

**** "Flesh and Bone is beautifully eloquent and incredibly funny" - Broadway Baby

**** " fury of fists and fast-paced spoken word" - MiroMagazine.com

Flesh & Bone is an 'incredibly entertaining' (PlaysToSee.com) show that gives the gritty residents of an East London Tower Block a stage – through their wickedly eloquent voices we are thrust into their stories, held by the scruff of the neck and made to listen. Feast your eyes upon the depravity, the triumphs and the utter hilarity of the underprivileged as they are thrust onto a vivid and fast-paced ride through a working class estate. Directed by Olivia Brady and Elliot Warren. Presented by the Holden street Theatres Edinburgh Fringe Award 2017 and Unpolished Theatre.


The Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Fringe Award celebrates its 10th year this year and we are very proud to be a part of the Edinburgh Fringe for its 70th Birthday, Happy Birthday. Our award invites a production to perform at Holden Street Theatres in Adelaide, South Australia, as the headline show of its Adelaide Fringe Programme.

Holden Street Theatres is known as “The Home of Theatre” with a strong loyal following and a reputation for presenting great work and really looking after it’s artists and patrons.

Productions are shortlisted by the Artistic Director of Holden Street Theatres along with a panel of international producers and arts practitioners. The work is selected on artistic merit, production values, touring possibilities, venue compatibility and marketing viability. We see work from all genres and venues across Edinburgh and accept applications and information from individuals, producers and venues in advance.


To see our past Fringe programs click here

The Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award 2016 has been announced.


SCORCH - Written by Stacey Gregg, Starring Amy McAllister

ANGEL by HENRY NAYLOR - Starring Avital Lvova

Both shows will be on sale very soon and are expected to sell out so get in fast.

Again we've chosen two this time two plays with female casts.

As always the plays we have chosen are powerful and engaging with stories that get into your heart.

I hope you'll like them.

More information to come but here's a little look at what happened in Edinburgh.


Congratulations to two outstanding pieces of theatre

'A Gambler's Guide to Dying' and 'Labels'.

'A Gambler's Guide to Dying' is presented by Holden Street in association with Show and Tell productions and Gary McNair and 'Labels' is presented by Holden st in association with Worklight Theatre UK.

Both pieces are incredible and we will post more information soon. Tickets will go on sale as soon as we can get them up and the full program will be released by the end of Nov, or sooner if possible. In the mean time though start getting your diaries ready because this Adelaide Fringe season is going to be a big one at Holden Street and the calibre is high. We are programming now and the only word to describe it is AMAZING!




CLICK HERE for an outline of the Award Criteria

CLICK HERE for an application form.

Check out the Fringe on www.edfringe.com and please send in suggestions of what you'd like me to see. You never know. it could be the start of something wonderful...

Please read the criteria carefully before you submit your interest.

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