Mental Health Fringe Award

The annual Mental Health Fringe Award was established by the Mental Health Foundation in 2017 to recognise the show that most compellingly explores mental health at the Edinburgh Fringe. The winner is invited to perform at the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) in the following May.

The Mental Health Fringe Award has rapidly become a high profile presence at the Edinburgh festival, with and has been featured in the New York Times. The shortlist is chosen by a judging panel of arts journalists, festival programmers and mental health activists and the winner is announced at the Scotsman Fringe Awards, the biggest awards ceremony at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, Arts Lead for the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Over the past few years, mental health has become a consistent theme at the Edinburgh Fringe, as a wider variety of artists, from comedians like Hannah Gadsby and Richard Gadd, to theatre-makers like Bryony Kimmings and Stef Smith to cabaret performers like Le Gateau Chocolat, create an ever wider range of work exploring the subject. These shows play an important role in challenging stigma and discrimination.”

Past winners of the award include Mental by Kane Power, Electrolyte by Wildcard Theatre, and All Of Me by Caroline Horton.

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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival