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A cabaret and sex-trade drama scoop awards

posted 4 Sep 2010, 15:08 by David Rintoul   [ updated 4 Sep 2010, 15:16 ]

An outrageous cabaret artist and a harrowing drama about people trafficking were the winners in this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe Prize.

Postmodern diva Meow Meow, who produced unique "kamikaze cabaret kitsch and performance art exotica" in her titular show, and Roadkill, the tale of young women trafficked to Scotland, have each won a £5,000 prize which includes top-level mentoring and the chance to present a "work in progress" workshop production at next year's Festival.

Cora Bissett, director of Roadkill - in which audiences met at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre before being taken to secret location for the performance which included video, animation and music - said: "I'm slightly taken aback at winning this. Roadkill was a very considered piece of work which was three years in production, on and off.

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