The Bobby Awards

Broadway Baby’s very own Bobby Award. The rare and highly-prized accolade of the Edinburgh Fringe. Fashioned from the iconic Greyfriar’s Bobby and awarded only to the very best of the festival.

Launched in 2011, The Bobby recognises that in a festival of well over 3000 shows, there’s an awful lot of good stuff. Only roughly 8% of the shows we cover will receive a five-star rating, but when you’re covering nearly 2000 shows, that can still mean over 150 top-rated performances. Our Bobby Award seeks out the best of the best, those that stand out even amongst the five-star shows.

Eligibility & Selection

In Edinburgh any show that receives a five star rating from Broadway Baby is automatically considered for a Bobby Award. Our judging panel will consult with the reviewer, discuss the merits of the production and then if it is shortlisted send one of the panel along to see the show. There is no single criteria that makes a show Bobby-worthy, it will be a combination of things that simply blow us away.

In 2015 we introduced the Bobby to the Brighton Fringe, selecting just one show out of those that we’d given a five-star review to to be our ‘best of fest’.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
BOBBY WINNER

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

As the friend with whom I went to see the show so emphatically said, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is ‘everything’. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once, the production was half-live-music-gig, half-theatrical performance: almost all of the actors swapped in and out of playing the drum kit and electric guitars that took up the best part of Roundabout’s lower seats... 

The Laramie Project
BOBBY WINNER

The Laramie Project

Fourteen cast members. One stage. Almost twenty years since the brutal murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard by his peers that shaped the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of America. Moisés Kaufman’s verbatim piece The Laramie Project is based solely upon the words of those interviewed in the aftermath of this terrible event, and remains as poignant, touching and relevant today as it did upon its publication... 

Enter The Dragons
BOBBY WINNER

Enter The Dragons

On an epic adventure to halt ageing in its tracks, writers and performers Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards swim the sea of apology, march the bridge of tears and conquer the dark depths of the underworld on a fruitful journey of discovery... 

How to Win Against History
BOBBY WINNER

How to Win Against History

On every front, this show is a winner. The writing is outstanding, the music is catchy, and the performances of each of the actors (including the pianist actor/musician) are faultless... 

Ten Storey Love Song
BOBBY WINNER

Ten Storey Love Song

Ten Storey Love Song may be the greatest Fringe show I’ve ever encountered. And I’m going to try my hardest to explain why, because it truly is worth your time.Middle Child Theatre are based in Hull... 

The Interference
BOBBY WINNER

The Interference

It is hard to tackle a subject such as campus rape in America and get the tone right. Lynda Radley does just this. She expertly shifts between voices, presenting a detailed and clear cacophony of words that explore every conceivable aspect and opinion in a complicated rape case... 

Groomed
BOBBY WINNER

Groomed

Groomed is an incredibly difficult show to watch but such a necessary one. The subject matter is abuse; abuse of a child and the effect that has had on his life. Harrowing to watch at times, it is full of pain but also bravery and is incredibly inspiring to watch... 

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls
BOBBY WINNER

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls

Captain Morgan is back – and now he is armed with the Sands of Time. This does not sit well with his foes, who do all in their power to reclaim this precious artefact; a journey which takes us to the bottom of the ocean, the frontiers of the Wild West and the titular Sea of Souls... 

Richard III
BOBBY WINNER

Richard III

I have seen several performances of Richard III; Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen on film, and Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic, but Emily Carding’s portrayal of the king who murders his way to the English throne is in a league of its own... 

Luke McQueen: Double Act
BOBBY WINNER

Luke McQueen: Double Act

It’s the top of the show and on an otherwise empty stage, in front of a capacity crowd, a phone is ringing. Audience members soon start to cajole each other into answering it and eventually one brave soul steps up to lift the receiver... 

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time
BOBBY WINNER

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time

If you think that swashbuckling adventures are only for children, think again. Captain Morgan And The Sands of Time will take you back to a world where sea gods rule supreme, arguments are settled by sword and pirates skirmish with the Royal Navy for precious treasure, unfolding madcap encounters along the way that jump through space and time with ultimate precision and immaculate timing... 

Stitch It!
BOBBY WINNER

Stitch It!

There aren’t enough positive accolades in the English language to describe how utterly magnificent this piece of physical theatre is. Inbal Nelly Lewis Fichman is absolutely triumphant in her solo presentation of a work that is so intricate and complex... 

The Duck Pond
BOBBY WINNER

The Duck Pond

About halfway through this performance, a mobile rings in the audience. It’s Tchaikovsky. He wants to know if he’s getting any royalty payments. He’s not, the performers tell him: they’re only using six notes from the theme of Swan Lake... 

Semi-Toned: Toned Up!
BOBBY WINNER

Semi-Toned: Toned Up!

If you like a capella, see this show. If you like dubstep, rap, pop or rock music, see this show. Essentially, if you have ever listened to a piece of music and had any response other than wanting to tear your own ears off, you will probably find something to please you in Semi-Toned’s set list... 

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
BOBBY WINNER

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story

The now infamous case of the 1924 ‘thrill killers’ Leopold and Loeb is a well-mined source of theatrical material, from Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play Rope, in turn transformed into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film of the same name, to this, Stephen Dolginoff’s 2005 musical Thrill Me... 

The Island of Doctor Moreau
BOBBY WINNER

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Piper Theatre Productions’ Edinburgh Fringe debut is utterly captivating. With a cast armed solely with suitcases and bandages, accompanied by Lucas Syed’s cello and cajon drum, every scene is performed to perfection, with fully fleshed-out scenarios and characters magicked out of thin air... 

Ballad of the Burning Star
BOBBY WINNER

Ballad of the Burning Star

After two years dominating the Fringe with critically acclaimed Translunar Paradise, Theatre Ad Infinitum are back with a brand new show. Ballad Of The Burning Star is completely and utterly different from last year’s smash hit... 

Bin Laden: The One Man Show
BOBBY WINNER

Bin Laden: The One Man Show

What if I told you that Adolf Hitler was going to do a reading of Mein Kampf for a small audience, offering you tea and biscuits while you sit together and discuss his ideology? Now imagine, for a moment, that you've never heard of Osama Bin Laden... 

The Play That Goes Wrong
BOBBY WINNER

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong is an impeccably glorious spoof of such amateur disasters, that centres upon Cornley Polytechnic’s production of ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ as it descends into a hysterical fiasco that had its audience gasping for breath... 

The Trench
BOBBY WINNER

The Trench

For the opening 20 minutes of The Trench everything is rhythmic. The verse, naturally, through to the audible drops of water in the deepest tunnels of the trenches to the clashes of hammers and chisels used therein: all sounds chime in regular unison to the extent that the actual music, provided by Alexander Wolfe, does not simply accentuate the action so much as form part of it... 

Basic Training
BOBBY WINNER

Basic Training

Basic Training is a one man show, but you’d be forgiven if when it comes to the curtain call you expect bows from a cast of the full 23 different personalities. The show is an imaginative and quick-witted retelling of Ashanti’s family life and his experiences in the US Airforce... 

Just So Stories
BOBBY WINNER

Just So Stories

Chances are you know Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ already but you’ve probably never been told those stories quite like this before. Newbury Youth Theatre are a lively, inventive group who tell the classic stories, such as ‘How The Camel Got His Hump’ and ‘The Elephant’s Child,’ in a way which is joyful to watch... 

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two
BOBBY WINNER

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two

Mike Oldfield's critically and commercially successful prog-rock album 'Tubular Bells' has been lovingly recreated by Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts as a live, two-man performance... 

Anthony Rapp - Without You
BOBBY WINNER

Anthony Rapp - Without You

The question of how a person really measures the value of their lives and those lives that they effect has always been the heart and soul of the Broadway smash-hit rock opera Rent.It’s the show that launched American actor Anthony Rapp to cult status with Rent-heads - a band of devoted followers of the iconic show... 

Mephisto Waltz
BOBBY WINNER

Mephisto Waltz

Derevo, multi-award winning company from St. Petersburg, take over the stage at Assembly Roxy with a mad, often ridiculous, but inevitably interesting mixture of physical theatre, stunning technical effects and numerous watermelons... 

The  Boy With Tape On His Face - More Tape
BOBBY WINNER

The Boy With Tape On His Face - More Tape

Before the curtain goes up on one of the most whispered about shows at the Fringe, The Boy with Tape on His Face looks at his already delighted audience with wide eyes and what must be a knowing smile behind that big black tape... 

In the Dust
BOBBY WINNER

In the Dust

From breaking to pirouettes, In the Dust is an exceptional example of contemporary dance at its finest. Split into three sections of destructive glory, the all-male performers of 2Faced Dance hurl themselves around the stage in a graceful whirlwind of choreographic genius... 

Max and Ivan Are Holmes and Watson
BOBBY WINNER

Max and Ivan Are Holmes and Watson

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Robert Downey Junior and Jude Law. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. And now... Max and Ivan. Sherlock Holmes may be the most-portrayed movie character of all time, but that hasn't stopped this turbo-charged double-act from breathing fresh life into the tale, with spectacular results... 

Baby Wants Candy
BOBBY WINNER

Baby Wants Candy

Like tightrope walking over the Niagara Falls, Baby Wants Candy is an ambitious concept: either it works or it ends up six miles downstream. Tonight, the cast are heroes. Tomorrow, they could be dredged from the drink... 

Belt Up's Outland
BOBBY WINNER

Belt Up's Outland

The works of Lewis Carroll are some of most overused in all of the arts. Just take a glance at the Fringe guide this year. Nearly every theatre company assumes that they can do something new, fun and interesting with the nonsense poet’s work, and most of the time they simply don’t hit the mark...