Family Portrait wins the Bobby Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 27th Aug 2021
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  • Edinburgh Fringe

Broadway Baby is delighted to announce that Family Portrait by Natasha Gilmore’s Barrowland Ballet has been presented with an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Bobby Award 2021. Launched ten years ago, The Bobby Award recognises outstanding achievement that goes beyond the level of a five-star show.

A heart-warming family portrait which will bring tears to your eyes

Family Portrait is an interactive video installation that our reviewer Stephanie Green described as ‘charming, funny and touching... A heart-warming family portrait which will bring tears to your eyes'. The film that forms the basis of the work features Gilmore and her three children, Otis, Iggy and Frieda. With a maximum audience of six people seated on swivel stools in a central area, the work is displayed on four screens that surround them. It was filmed in various locations in the Scottish Highlands over four seasons by cinematographers Robbie Synge, Monika Smekot, George Cameron Geddes and Elga Dudareva.

Making the Award presentation our Editor-in-Chief, Richard Beck, observed that ‘this remarkable piece is an example of the breadth and quality of the material that is on show at the Festival Fringe and a tribute to Natasha Gilmore's company, Barrowland Ballet and the talented production team she assembled to make this celebration of nature, movement and family life.’

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