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Kitson, Watson and Morecambe scoop awards

Daniel Kitson, Mark Watson and a play about Eric Morcambe have all won Fringe First awards for new theatre in Edinburgh.

Kitson scooped his fourth Fringe First for The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, a monologue about piecing together a suicidal man’s life from the correspondence he left behind.

He previously won the accolade for 66a Church Road last year, C-90 in 2006 and Stories for the Wobbly Hearted in 2005 – all of which were staged at the Traverse Theatre.

Watson won the award for The Hotel, an installation piece starring comedians Idiots Of Ants, Mike Wozniak and George Ryegold as the employees of a chaotic hotel, which ticket-holders are free to go to.

Morecambe, Tim Whitnall’s tribute play, performed by Bob Golding and directed by Guy Masterson, was also among the raft of Fringe First winners announced yesterday.

The Fringe First Awards were established in 1973 amid concern that the Fringe was not attracting a good enough quality of shows.

Published: 21 Aug 2009

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