2022 Melbourne Fringe Awards Announced

AAR-MF22-PoppycockMelbourne Fringe Awards are an opportunity for Melbourne’s arts community to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity, professionalism and exceptional quality of work in each year’s Festival.


Best Cabaret:
POPPYCOCK – Six Inches Uncut

Best Circus:
Escalate – Throw Catch Collective

Best Comedy:
Songs from the Heart in the Hole of my Bottom (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) – Aiden Willcox & Isaac Haigh

Best Dance & Physical Theatre:
Temperance Hall Presents: Raina Peterson – Raina Peterson

Best Experimental:
In Search of Lost Scroll – Vidya Rajan

Best Kids:
Threads – The Ball Room Projects and ArtPlay

Best Music:
Jude Perl Live Stream in Person (Live!) – Jude Perl

Best Theatre:
Grand Theft Theatre – Pony Cam & David Williams

Best Visual Arts & Film:
A Rainbow of Tomorrows Exhibition – Stone Motherless Cold

Best Words & Ideas:
Yalinguth Live – Jason Tamiru


Art Unbound Award:
Supported by Experimenta
Lessons with Luis, LuisVision

Best Emerging Circus or Physical Theatre Performer:
Supported by Theatre Network Australia
Chiharu Valentino, Salarywoman

Best Emerging Indigenous Artist:
Supported by the Wilin Centre (VCA & MCM)
Stone Motherless Cold, A Rainbow of Tomorrows Exhibition

Best Emerging Producer:
Supported by MILKE
Katie Rowe, SLUTNIK™

Best Emerging Writer:
Supported by the Emerging Writers’ Festival
Anna Piper-Scott, Anna Piper-Scott – Such an Inspiration

Best Participatory Work for Families:
Supported by ArtPlay
Pram People – Polyglot Theatre

Best Performance Ensemble:
Supported by Theatre Network Australia
The Beep Test by Neylon & Peele

Best Practice in Cultural Equity:
Supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria
English Breakfast – AJ Lamarque

Comedy New Work Award:
Supported by Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Hannah Camilleri – Lolly Bag

Emerging Company Incubator Award:
Supported by Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance

Headroom Award:
Supported by RISING
In the likely event of forever, – Margot Morales

Market Ready Award:
Supported by Regional Arts Victoria
Tash York’s Happy Hour – Tash York

The Phantasmagorical Award:
Supported by Temperance Hall
Authorised Vintage 501 – Molly McKenzie

Young Creatives Award:
Supported by SIGNAL
Ella Norton, YUCK Circus: DEADSET


Edinburgh Touring Award:
Supported by Summerhall
Batsh*t – Leah Shelton

The New Zealand Touring Award:
Supported by New Zealand Fringe
Pillow Fight – Laura Lethlean

NSW Touring Award:
Supported by Sydney Fringe
Grief Lightning: A Satire in 78 Slides – Paper Mouth Theatre + Wickedly Good Productions

QLD Touring Award:
Supported by Brisbane Powerhouse
Anna Piper Scott – Such an Inspiration – Anna Piper Scott

SA Touring Award:
Supported by Adelaide Fringe

The WA Touring Award:
Supported by FRINGE WORLD Festival
INGRESS – Bridie Hooper


Best Work by an Emerging Artist:
Juleo & Romiet – Sally Chen

Director’s Choice Award:
Truthclub – Jonathan Homsey

Industry Trivia All-Star Champion Award:
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

People’s Choice Award:
GODZ – Head First Acrobats

Spirit of the Fringe Award:
YOU’RE ALL INVITED TO MY SON SAMUEL’S FOURTH BIRTHDAY PARTY – Paper Mouth Theatre + Wickedly Good Productions

Sound and Technical Excellence Award:
Supported by Front of House Productions
Gina the Synth Cat – Luke Million

Venue of the Year:
The Motley Bauhaus

2022 Fringe Living Legend:
Maude Davey OAM

For more information about the Melbourne Fringe, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Poppycock – courtesy of Melbourne Fringe