Winners Collage

And The Winners Are....

26 September 2019

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, the festival’s 25th outing, successfully took over Dublin for 16 days and nights, transforming the city and showcasing some of the best talent from Ireland and abroad!

After lengthy and difficult deliberation, our amazing panel of judges made some tough decisions, and crowned the winners of this year’s awards:


Villains, man on collage background

The standout ensemble – the heartbeat of a show.

by Luke Murphy and Attic Projects

How to square a circle, a man in a circle, a woman hanging above

Co-presented by London Irish Centre and Dublin Fringe Festival with the support of Ballymore and Culture Ireland, this award offers an opportunity for exciting Irish artists to present their work in London at the new home of the English National Ballet in 2020.

How to Square a Circle
by Aisling Ní Cheallaigh and Ronan Brady

Two people stand in GAA jerseys outside of Croke Park

Outburst Queer Arts Festival is Belfast's annual explosion of fierce new queer performance, film, theatre, art activism and creative ideas from all over the world. The winner of this award will be invited to bring their work to Belfast as part of the programme this November.

by Áine O’Hara and Vickey Curtis

Patchwork, a man looks to the side in an urban space at twilight

The most exciting show that’s under 60 minutes with a handsome prize: a two-week run at Bewley’s Café Theatre and €2,000 for the remount.

by Louis Deslis

A barefoot woman in a red suit falls through a pure blue space

Awarded to an emerging Irish (or Ireland based) writer for a new play. The award includes dramaturgical support by Fishamble: The New Play Company.

by Margaret Perry

Woman eating an ice-cream, with a body in the background

A unique award for an artist willing to take risks and whose work defies categorisation with bold and unconventional material. In memory of Moira Brady Averill, who had the power to transform space and thought through alchemical wit. The award comes with a monetary prize and framed illustration by artist Walker Mettling.

Hannah Mamalis
for Symphony of Worms

A topless man stands outside a shop during the day time holding a green smoothie

The winner will be invited to perform at the First Fortnight Festival in January 2020. First Fortnight’s mission is mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma.

by Oisín McKenna

Black Jam, Woman wearing red veil, with woman looking through a window behind her

Celebrating bold artistic journeys. The winner of this €1000 cash prize will be the creator of a brave, one-of a-kind project that evidences a singular artistic vision. Wilde Irish Gin supporting the courage to create.

Black Jam
by Fried Plantains Collective

A woman with her back to camera faces Stormont, giving it two fingers up with both hands held up

This award rewards an emerging artist of extraordinary promise with time, space and money to do some creative thinking. The recipient will receive €3000, workspace and scheduled meetings and support from the creative teams at the Abbey Theatre and Dublin Fringe Festival.

Seón Simpson and Gina Donnelly
for Two Fingers Up

Puppeteer and puppets

Outstanding lighting, sound, scenic, projection, costume or overall design.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
by Collapsing Horse

Lighting Design: Sarah-Jane Shiels
AV Design: Eoin Kilkenny
Composition & Sound Designer: Alma Kelliher 
Set & Prop Design: Andrew Clancy

A woman in a black unitard holds herself suspended between pink and white tiled walls

Dublin Fringe awards a bursary to enable an artist who has been part of the festival to participate in Next Stage, a development programme run by Dublin Theatre Festival in partnership with Theatre Forum.

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin
Losing Your Body

Best Performers Collage

Two of this year’s brightest stars!

Breffni Holohan
for Collapsible

Willie White
for The Examination

Judegs Choice Winners

Three awards to acknowledge something that defies categorisation but must be recognised for its brilliance.

by Maïa Nunes

Making a Mark
by Talking Shop Ensemble and Run of the Mill Theatre

We Are Lightning!

by Joseph O’Farrell and Sam Halmarack, performed by The St James’ Brass and Reed Band, Zombie Dolls, The High Hopes Choir and The Line-Up Choir

People dancing

Co-presented by Dublin Fringe Festival and Project Arts Centre, this €5000 commissioning award is for an artist dedicated to making bold, contemporary work which embodies the radical spirit of both Dublin Fringe and Project.

Comfort Carnival
by Club Comfort

A man wraps his arms around himself in a dark room


The Examination
by Brokentalkers