Last Thursday we received an email from Brighton Fringe telling us we had been nominated for an Award. We were over the moon. To be nominated was an amazing feeling and we hastily made arrangements to get back down to Brighton for the awards ceremony which was to be held in The Warren's main stage space on Sunday. As busy as we both are at the moment we took some time on our own to reflect on our achievements thus far. I took myself to the beach where I dipped my toes in the water and filled my thoughts with words of thanks and gratitude to whoever was listening. We met in a burger bar and discussed the novelty of being award nominated over an ice cold freshly made milkshake. Nerves and excitement consumed us as we made our way to The Warren site. We said hello to some of the staff that we had the pleasure of getting to know during our run and waited for 10 pm ! At around quarter to, the line began to grown and we made our way to join, tickets in hand and eager to get a couple of good seats. The ceremony kicked off with a fantastically funny duet ( which actually distracted the butterflies that had made residence in our tummy's for about 5 minutes. )
The awards began and some very well deserving companies took to the stage to accept. Then it got to the award we had been nominated for .. the International Youth Arts Award: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award. Our hands began to get a little clammy and our heart rate increased as we found out who else had been nominated. A great selection of fantastic theatre, we were definitely in the company of some very talented people. One of which was 'Great Train Robbery' by Scratchworks Theatre Company. Both myself and Doug had seen this and were completely blown away by the standard of the performance so were a little confused when the details of the show that had won were announced. "Described by audience as compelling, thought provoking, dramatic"... our thoughts were quite literally stopped in their tracks as this sounded a little like our show.. but they couldn't mean Mine could they ?? Time slowed down as the words "the winners are Put the Book Down with Mine" were uttered for the whole venue to hear. Doug and I looked at each other in disbelief and with all the strength we had in our shaking bodies we stood to accept our award. We made the ramblings of some sort of acceptance speech and were ushered off to have our picture taken. We still cant quite believe it and have been pinching ourselves ever since. We want to say a MASSIVE thanks to everyone that has supported us this far! We will now be performing on the 11th July at the Rose Theatre Kingston as part of the International Youth Arts Festival as well as being programmed for a brand new piece of theatre next year ! We can't wait !!! In both myself and Doug's words, we honestly couldn't be happier and more importantly ...the hard work starts here !