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Created in 2007 DarkChat began as an idea for some friends to share their experiences of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with each other on a nightly basis, discussing the shows they had seen that day.
Fast forward and this has evolved into an online review site with the discussions provided to the wider world as well as our slightly inebriated friends.
We also enjoy the DarkChat Awards at the end of each Fringe Festival. It's not quite a Perrier Award (but then what is nowadays?) but we enjoy debating who should receive them and if we can make someone feel a little bit warmer about their show then why not!!
Anyone for some awards?
So the 13th Annual DarkChat Awards have been awarded, held at our glittering ceremony in Poole on September 7th.
This year 36 different shows received a total of 139 nominations in our 16 different categories. The Shark Is Broken topped the list with 10, one ahead of Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad On Craigslist. Dave comedy winner Jordan Brookes was looking to retain his DarkChat award for Best Comedy Performance which he won in 2018, yes, we got there first!
“The Shark Is Broken” convereted their nominations into 4 awards including a trio of acting awards and Best Play, although the coveted best Show award went to Camino De Sangjaro from South Korea. Afull list of winners can be seen here.
In 2018 "Until You Hear That Bell" picked up the prize for Best Show, along with Best Actor and Best Director, but the biggest winner of the evening was Zenith Youth Theatre Company's "The Frogs", which picked up 4 awards.
This year's DarkChat flat occupees were The Coxes, David & Anne, returning for the 13th successive year with David & Thuranie joinging them for their first Fringe experience with Phil back for the first time in a couple of years. Our motto is "We like to be entertained", safe to say that this year, we were.
Who are DarkChat?
Drawn from across the UK DarkChat include a broad spectrum of people of all ages, backgrounds and sexes. We include writers, directors, performers, students and fans of many genres.
To find out more about the individuals click here or for some more in-depth analysis have a look at some of the DarkChatters Q&As.
Well DarkChat are back in the real world. Boo!
As well as spending lots of time in a darkened room we have been writing and tweeting as many reviews as we can. Everything that we saw and enjoyed are available to read just click on our Reviews 2019 page and feast your eyes.
We have had a great time, possibly the best yet. The quality and variety of shows on offer is truly outstanding. The talent in the world is staggering. We hope you agree.
How's Your Fringe?
With the 2019 Fringe almost over we asked some of our favourite performers how this year has gone for them and what they've been upto. Naz Osmanoglu, Beach Comet's Theo Macabe,Joe Bor, Briony Redman and Jonathan Price (from An Isolated Dog) let us know how their Fringe is.