We took up this website again in August 2015 at the Edinburgh Festival and in doing so created our first Award – The Edinburgh Ginger Wig Awards. However in August 2012 when we originated the website we had not thought about making awards. We have nonetheless decided to make a retrospective award for the best show we saw at our first Edinburgh Festival. Although it was over three years ago there are a couple of performances that have lasted long in the memory. Here we recall our top three shows of Edinburgh 2012 and we present our Edinburgh Ginger Wig Award!
Six chaps told the story through stories, songs and flashbacks of a father’s death and the impact on his three sons. The quality of the acting and the music from DugOut Theatre made such a lasting impression that, over three years later, this piece of theatre still stands out as one of our 2012 highlights.
When it comes to epic theatre nothing has come close to beating Ariane Mnouchkine and Théâtre du Soleil’s piece for style, scale or length. Using a huge cast and a gigantic space, they wove a cinematic tale that left us utterly overwhelmed by its magic.
And so our retrospective Edinburgh Ginger Wig Award of 2012 goes to Theater Basel’s bizarre Meine Faire Dame – ein Sprachlabor (My Fair Lady – A Language Laboratory). This was the first thing we saw in Edinburgh and it has stayed with all our critics. It was one of the strangest yet compelling pieces of theatre we have witnessed. It was an extraordinary exploration of language and meaning and it has stood the test of time, and we therefore have given it the Edinburgh Ginger Wig Award of 2012. Congratulations Theater Basel and all those involved in Meine Faire Dame – ein Sprachlabor