2018 Award Winners

FRINGE WORLD Awards are given to the best shows in each genre category, plus there are a bunch of special awards that are unique to FRINGE WORLD. 

Shows are judged by a panel made up of more than 100 volunteers from across the cultural industries in Perth. 

Award winners get cash, development, support and direct touring opportunities as part of their award.

The Martin Sims Award for best WA Production is our top-tier prize and the winning artist receives $10,000 and development support to tour their work to other national and international Fringe Festivals that are part of the world Fringe Alliance.

Below is the full list of 2018 award winners.


Martin Sims Award

Presented by FRINGE WORLD

The Martin Sims Award is the top prize of the Festival, recognising the best new Western Australian work that is destined to succeed on the world’s stage. 

Winner: What Doesn't Kill You (Blah Blah) Stronger


The Three Deaths of Ebony Black


Find the Lady



The Blaz Award

Presented to the best writing for performance by a WA writer. The Award honours Perth playwright George Blazevich who passed away in 2016.

Winner: Matt Penny's Find the Lady


Cabaret Award

Presented by Kleenheat

Winner: Betty Grumble LOVE ANGER (or Sex Clown Saves the World AGAIN!)

WA Winner: Backdoor Cabaret


Children's Award

Presented by FRINGE WORLD

Winner: Children are Stinky

WA Winner: Mr. Ricochet's Family Circus Show


Circus Award

Presented by MadFish Wines

Winner: Briefs: Close Encounters  

WA Winner: Lunar Circus presents The Circus Cabaret  


Comedy Award 

Presented by Gage Roads Brewing Co. 

Winner: Super Woman Money Program  

WA Winner: Luke Bolland - Name Dropper  


Dance & Physical Theatre Award 

Presented by K&L Gates 

Winner: The Honeymoon Suite 


Film & Multimedia Award 

Presented by Channel Nine 

Winner: 12 Films Heart 


Free & Community Award

Presented by Lotterywest

Winner: Leedypalooza - Dancin' in the Street


Music & Musicals Award 

Presented by Nova 93.7 

Winner: Jessie Gordon is Ruining Your Night 


Theatre Award 

Presented by ABC Radio Perth 

Winner (joint):  


Artifice with Stuart Lightbody  


Visual Arts Award 

Presented by FRINGE WORLD Festival 

Winner: making place 


Street Performance & Buskers Award 

Presented by City of Perth 

Winner: Head First Acrobats 


The West Australian Arts Editor Award 

Presented by The West Australian 

Winner: A Simple Space  

WA Winner: What Doesn't Kill you (Blah Blah) Stronger  


ECU Performing Arts Award 

Presented by Edith Cowan University 

Winner: WA Youth Theatre Company for yourseven 


WA Emerging Artist Award 

Presented by Woodside 

Winner: WA Youth Theatre Company for yourseven 


Spirit of the Fringe Award 

Presented by MRA 

Winner (joint):  

Intra Herena  

Mr Ivan King  


Independent Program Award 

Presented by: oOh! Media 

Winner: Summer Nights 


Independent Venue Award 

Presented by: oOh! Media 

Winner: The Blue Room Theatre 


Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award 

Winner: Future’s Eve 


Adelaide Fringe Tour Ready Award 

Winner: The Cockburn Incident 


Sydney Fringe Tour Ready Award 

Winner: How to Period Like a Unicorn 


Click here to see a full list of Award Nominated events.