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’.

Letter to Boddah
BOBBY WINNER

Letter to Boddah

“Will they or won’t they go through with it?” That is the consuming question that hovers for an hour over Letter to Boddah, written and directed by Sarah Nelson and performed… 

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers
BOBBY WINNER

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers

Floating Flowers by B. 

FAUX
BOBBY WINNER

FAUX

The team behind FAUX, presented by Loose-Locked, is large and impressive. 

Kids Play
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Kids Play

Glen Chandler, Edinburgh’s theatrical detective story-writing son, returns to the Festival Fringe this year with yet another ingenious triumph. 

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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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’. 

The Laramie Project
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The Laramie Project

Fourteen cast members. 

Enter The Dragons
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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 de… 

How to Win Against History
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How to Win Against History

On every front, this show is a winner. 

Ten Storey Love Song
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Ten Storey Love Song

Ten Storey Love Song may be the greatest Fringe show I’ve ever encountered. 

The Interference
BOBBY WINNER

The Interference

It is hard to tackle a subject such as campus rape in America and get the tone right. 

Groomed
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Groomed

Groomed is an incredibly difficult show to watch but such a necessary one. 

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls
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Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls

Captain Morgan is back – and now he is armed with the Sands of Time. 

Richard III
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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… 

Luke McQueen: Double Act
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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. 

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time
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Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time

If you think that swashbuckling adventures are only for children, think again. 

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. 

The Duck Pond
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The Duck Pond

About halfway through this performance, a mobile rings in the audience. 

Semi-Toned: Toned Up!
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Semi-Toned: Toned Up!

If you like a capella, see this show. 

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 transform… 

The Island of Doctor Moreau
BOBBY WINNER

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Piper Theatre Productions’ Edinburgh Fringe debut is utterly captivating. 

Ballad of the Burning Star
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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. 

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? No… 

The Play That Goes Wrong
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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 de… 

The Trench
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The Trench

For the opening 20 minutes of The Trench everything is rhythmic. 

Basic Training
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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. 

Just So Stories
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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. 

Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells For Two
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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 perform… 

Anthony Rapp - Without You
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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. 

Mephisto Waltz
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Mephisto Waltz

Derevo, multi-award winning company from St. 

The  Boy With Tape On His Face - More Tape
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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 mus… 

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. 

Max and Ivan Are Holmes and Watson
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Max and Ivan Are Holmes and Watson

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. 

Baby Wants Candy
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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. 

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.