“The Spirit of the Fringe Award went to aerial performing group Paperdolls for their no holds barred production Constellations, which made a lot of noise on the Fringe circuit for all the right reasons, both figuratively and literally.” Quoted from: http://entertainment.ie/theatre/feature/ABSOLUT-Fringe-2012-Awards-ceremony-as-festival-comes-to-a-close/210/3338.htm
“Among the prizes that Absolut Fringe bestows is a much-coveted ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award, whereby the winning artists are given a commission to present new work at the Project Arts Centre, and awarded €5,000 to get the show off the ground. Recent recipients of the award include ThisIsPopBaby, The Company, and THEATREclub, three of Ireland’s most-touted young theatre companies.
While the Spirit of the Fringe award commends the year’s best work, it also calls attention to one of the festival’s most charming attributes — the vibe, the sensibility, or, indeed, the spirit that informs the whole shebang. But what is this mercurial ‘spirit’ of the Fringe? “It’s the idea of play,” says Sophie Motley, artistic director of WillFredd theatre company, who, last year, won the Spirit of the Fringe award for their lauded show Follow. “The spirit of the Fringe is the idea of doing something which challenges the way people think about theatre and art …” Motley says. … Quoted from: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/getting-into-the-spirit-of-the-fringe-206575.html