Cultchivating the Fringe Award is granted once a year to a performance from the Vancouver Fringe Festival that demonstrates a strong potential for further development.
About the Award
As part of a longstanding relationship between The Cultch and The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, The Cultch created the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award”. This unique award is granted once a year to a performance from the Vancouver Fringe Festival that demonstrates a strong potential for further development.
Founded in 2009, the award includes a presentation of the winning production in the following season of The Cultch’s performance series, as well as rehearsal time in The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab. The award has been a huge success in providing opportunities for artists to develop their existing work, while providing the community a chance to experience what these performers have to offer.
Past Winners (selected)
2018 Winner: Big Sister Rapid Pitch Productions (Vancouver) A true story—depending on who you ask. A one-woman comedy about the relationship between two sisters and what happens when one of them changes. The real life experience of sister/actor Naomi’s 70-pound weight loss, written through the perspective of younger sibling/writer Deborah. BIG Sister explores a world of evil siblings, fat shaming, and unlikely collaboration.
2017 Winner: Multiple Organism Mind of a Snail (Vancouver) A genre and gender-bending surrealist comedy for adults (18+) about having a body and how our body is seen by others. Expect bizarre and hilarious nudity using the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
2016 Winner: The After After Party Written by Katey Hoffman & Cheyenne Mabberley May 18th, 2006. Jules and Fiona, best friends and teenage dirtbags, come to their senses in a park after a night for the ages. With little to no memory of how they got there, they discover the antidote to their fireball-induced amnesia: Ritalin. As they piece together the night in order to find out where the After After Party is, they come to terms with the deeds they have done… Absurd. Outrageous. Over-the-top.
2015 Winner: The Fighting Season Inspired by his father’s deployment in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver’s searing play investigates the Afghan war through the eyes of a Canadian field medic, a doctor, and a recovery room nurse.
2014 Winner: Dirty Old Woman Written by Loretta Seto When Nina, a 50-something-year old, meets Gerry, 20 years her junior, the sparks fly in more ways than one. Judgments, double standards, and comedy ensue, as Nina tries to navigate the dangerous world of dating a younger man.
2013 Winner: Butt Kapinski Created by Deanna Fleysher
Think it’s a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir murder mystery. Join Butt in a seedy world of sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge as you take the ride of a full-on interactive comedic experience. Kick reality to the curb! Play in a world of dark dreams and bad similes.
2012 Winner: Underbelly Created by Stars And Hearts
Based on the on the myth and impact of Burroughs and The Beats, Jayson McDonald’s tour de force performance and poetic virtuosity take us on a hallucinatory journey of language, imagery, and an entire generation.