Irish Success at the Edinburgh Festivals 2013: Minister Deenihan Congratulates Artists
Irish artists excelled at the Edinburgh Festivals this year, winning an unprecedented level of awards for their performances and productions, presented over the month of August.
Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, congratulating the Irish participants in the Edinburgh Festivals at a special gathering in their honour, said: “The level of success this year has attracted a heightened interest in Irish arts and has drawn special attention to the creative strength of the Irish. We are very proud of the achievements of our actors, writers and producers at the Edinburgh Festivals. They are wonderful ambassadors – both for Irish arts and for Ireland as a dynamic and creative hub.”
The Beckett productions by the Gate Theatre and Pan Pan Theatre, presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, won The Herald Angel Award. 'Eh Joe', 'I’ll Go On' and 'First Love' were presented by the Gate Theatre and 'Embers' and 'All That Fall' were presented by Pan Pan Theatre.
The Abbey Theatre production of Owen McCafferty's 'Quietly', Donal O'Kelly’s solo work 'Fionnuala', and Deirdre Kinahan’s 'These Halcyon Days' attracted Fringe First awards.
brokentalker’s 'Have I No Mouth' won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form and Paddy O’Kane won The Stage Best Actor Award for his role in 'Quietly'.