•• Le Haggis scoops Edinburgh Fringe 2015 Award ••

Dumfries theatre company scoops top Edinburgh Fringe Festival award after successful month long run of Rabbie Burns inspired cabaret show.

Cabaret show Le Haggis made its debut at the Big Burns Supper extravaganza earlier this year where it received critical acclaim before going on to take the Spirit of the Fringe award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The team from Electric Theatre Workshop (ELEKTRONIKA), based in Munches Street, secured the Spirit of the Fringe accolade for their month-long run at the event.

Their saucy cabaret show Le Haggis, which starred a host of local talent including Lockerbie singer Grant Dinwoodie, played to packed crowds every night during August.

It was praised for its “joyful energy” by comedian Mervyn Stutter, whose Pick of the Fringe show is a much-anticipated institution at the international festival.

His team of industry experts scour the event to find top quality performances which “deserve to be celebrated”.

Mervyn said: “Le Haggis is a great show and the band is just fabulous. The whole experience is like having a night out on the town with Rabbie Burns and a Scottish version of the Pogues.”

“Something we really value about Le Haggis is that it’s a community-based event.”

“It mixes excellent national and international acts with some highly talented emerging musicians and singers who have come up through community choirs.”

“Long may it continue.”

“Onwards and upwards with Le Haggis!”

 

Le Haggis is a pulsating combination of old and new, traditional and edgy, which boasts a band made up of the country’s top young traditional and folk talent, providing a contemporary takes on Burns’ best-loved works.

The show, which started life as one of the main attraction’s at the Big Burns Supper extravanganza in Dumfries also features locals including maths and physics teacher Tom Cuddihy, his mental health nurse wife Lynn, classroom support worker Jo Blain, from Lockerbie, and Dumfries bricklayer and drummer, Mike Uphill.

Mike, 30, said: “This award means a huge amount to everyone.”

“The show and the Fringe have been brilliant.”

“We are all really proud to have come here and put Dumfries on the map by performing in front of audiences from all over the world.”

 

Graham Main, artistic director of Electric Theatre Workshop, added: “We’ve had a fantastic month-long run at the Fringe with sell-out shows, great reviews and to get this just as the curtain falls is fantastic!”

“A Spirit of the Fringe Award is the icing on the cake for a small, community-based company like ours.”

“It’s a tremendous way to put a spotlight on the huge amount of talent that there is in Dumfries and Galloway.”

“And we hope that with this success behind us we’ll be able to introduce audiences all over the country to Le Haggis – with all its sauciness and irreverent Scottish humour.”

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