The Edinburgh plaudits continue to roll in for Samuel Barnett and Amy Gledhill. Both have received countless 5 star reviews and their shows have been sell-outs, but as we near the end of the Festival the awards are also now beginning to pile up.
Samuel's incredible one-man show 'Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen' was the recipient of the first of this year's 'Edinburgh Awards' from The Stage. He has now been awarded a coveted 'Fringe First' Award from The Scotsman. Established in 1973, the Fringe Firsts are recognised all over the world and are the most prestigious theatre awards at the Festival.
Amy has had two shows at this year's Festival. 'The Girl Before The Girl You Marry' is her debut Edinburgh solo show and has been sold out all this week. The show has been nominated for The NextUp Biggest Award in Comedy as well as Dave's Edinburgh Comedy Awards (the so-called "Oscars of Comedy") 'Best Newcomer'. In a Festival first, she has also received a second Dave Comedy Award nomination for her second show 'Nowt at Sea', which she performs as part of comedy duo 'The Delightful Sausage'. The show has been nominated for 'Best Show'.
Amy commented on Twitter, "Genuinely can't process it. Done lots of real big ugly cries", whilst Samuel posted on Instagram "What an amazing way to end the run here in Edinburgh. Delighted for the entire team involved in making this show happen".
Both performers have continued to receive more 5 star reviews for their shows. Feeling Afraid has recently had 5 star reviews from StageWire who said "Barnett gives a mesmerising, flawless performance, lurching from hilarious to heart-breaking" whilst I Talk Telly declared The Girl Before "astonishingly good. An upbeat, hilarious hour of stand-up from one of the most exciting and vivid new storytellers in comedy".
Both shows end their Edinburgh run on Sunday but let's hope we'll get the opportunity to see them at other UK venues soon!