Thu 22 August 2013

Time Out and Soho Theatre are delighted to announce the winner of the second annual TO&ST Edinburgh Cabaret Award: Lynn Ruth Miller – Granny’s Gone Wild.

Lynn Ruth Miller, an old-school entertainer, originally from Ohio, weaves colourful anecdotes, groan inducing gags, bawdy singalongs and shrewd observations. After a very close contest Lynn Ruth Miller was unanimously agreed by the judges as the winner of TO&ST, the Time Out & Soho Theatre Edinburgh Cabaret Award, the Fringe’s only prize created to recognise cabaret work. The show stood out as a truly subversive show with a unique voice and perspective.

Lynn Ruth Miller was presented her award on the evening of Wednesday 21 August by the award judges, Time Out Cabaret Editor, Ben Walters; Soho Theatre Comedy & Cabaret, Producer, Steve Lock; Artistic Director of the Glasgow Cabaret Festival, Frodo McDaniel; Roundhouse Circus Producer, Leila Jones, Chief Comedy Reviewer for The Scotsman, Kate Copstick and freelance journalist Claire Smith to decide the overall winner of the award.

On their decision the Time Out London Cabaret Editor, Ben Walters said:

“The wonderful aspect of Miller’s set is that she utterly embraces her age, mining the experience of getting older for material on everything from sex and drugs to failing bodies and seizing the day, without the slightest shred of sentimentality or solemnity – and in terms of demanding and rewarding an audience’s conversational engagement, she could write the book.”

The shortlisted shows included: Ben Hart – The Outsider; Briefs: The Second Coming; Die Roten Punkte – KUNST ROCK (ART ROCK) and Twonkeys Blue Cadabra.

Following the inclusion of cabaret as a separate section at the Fringe in 2011 this is the only award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe purely for cabaret shows. TO&ST celebrates quality and brilliance in cabaret, with the award given to the show the judges believe is the best cabaret show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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