TO&ST - The Time Out and Soho Theatre Edinburgh Cabaret Award

Posted: Thu Jun 14 2012

Time Out and Soho Theatre launch first cabaret award for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Time Out and Soho Theatre are delighted to announce that they are joining forces to present the first cabaret award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; TO&ST launching for the 2012 festival.

TO&ST will celebrate quality and brilliance in cabaret. With one award given to the show the judges believe is the best cabaret show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As well as the industry recognition the winner of the award will be offered a two week run at Soho Theatre and will have a full feature about their show in Time Out.

There are three judges for the award, they are Time Out Cabaret Editor Ben Walters, Soho Theatre Comedy & Cabaret Producer Steve Lock and Artistic Director of the Glasgow Cabaret Festival Frodo McDaniel; they see all eligible shows and decide the winner of the award.

There will be a maximum of six shows shortlisted for the award; this shortlist will be announced on Wednesday 15 August 2012 with a celebratory show for the shortlisted shows the weekend of Saturday 18 August. The winning show will be announced on Thursday 23 August 2012.

'Time Out has been at the forefront of championing the new wave of cabaret and we're delighted to help build on the form's growing recognition at the Edinburgh Fringe in partnership with the Soho Theatre.' Tim Arthur, Editor-in-Chief Time Out.

'We are thrilled to be working with Time Out to further highlight the truly brilliant work of cabaret artists from across the world, we are excited about discovering new talent that we can showcase here at Soho Theatre.' Steve Marmion, Artistic Director Soho Theatre.

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The show must be listed within the cabaret section of the 2012 Fringe programme.
The show must run for at least five shows during the festival.
The show cannot have previously been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The show must be performed at least once before midnight on the 14 August and once after.
The show must be at least 50 mins long.
Bill shows programmed after the start of the festival are not eligible.
Shows produced or presented by Soho Theatre or Time Out Live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are not eligible.
Acts that have previously performed in venues with a capacity over 500 are not eligible.

Soho Theatre brings the most entertaining, brave and theatrical new work to audiences across a programme spanning comedy, cabaret and theatre; with three spaces, a late night bar, innovative education projects and world famous Writers' Centre, Soho Theatre is one of the most vibrant venues on London's cultural scene.

Time Out was founded in 1968 in London and now spans 35 cities across 24 countries providing inspiration and information in arts, entertainment, culture, food & drink and shopping to an audience of more than 17 million. Time Out Live, the group's events division, has quickly grown to be synonymous with unique experiences curated by Time Out.

Judges Biogs

Steve Lock is the Comedy & Cabaret Producer at Soho Theatre, where he has brought some of the most exciting cabaret acts from across the globe to perform in the three spaces at the theatre; including launching Soho Downstairs, London's first and only dedicated space to comedy and cabaret.

Frodo McDaniel has almost 20 years experience as an international musical theatre, circus and cabaret performer and is currently Artistic Director of the Glasgow Cabaret Festival, programmer for
T in the Park's Cabaret Tent and, until recently, managed the legendary Bongo Club Cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Described by the press as “The Godfather” of Scottish cabaret, Frodo has produced and directed shows all over the UK and is the more talented half of comedy duo, Rufus & Ben.

Ben Walters has edited Time Out's cabaret section since 2009 and has written about the form for the Guardian and other publications. He created and programmes BURN, the platform for moving images by cabaret artists, and was a judge in the inaugural London Cabaret Awards in 2012. @not_television