Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe Awards

Sunday 28th August 2022

The Mervyn Stutter 'Spirit of the Fringe' Awards (aka ‘The MERVs’), along with Mervyn's regular 'Pick of the Fringe' show, are this year celebrating their 29th anniversary which makes them one of the oldest Awards on the Fringe.


Seven Awards are given in this special ‘Spirit of the Fringe Awards’ show which is always the final show each year (this year, Sunday 28th Aug 2022). These Awards acknowledge and celebrate the talent, hard work, pluck and sheer doggedness demanded of performers from all genres on the Fringe to make a show a success.


Winners of a MERV are chosen from the 140 amazing shows that have been highlighted during the regular 2022 'Pick of the Fringe' showcases, so it is fair to say that the winners are the crème de la crème. Given this, it could justifiably be argued that this is the best show of the whole ‘Pick of the Fringe’ run. The 'Spirit of the Fringe' Awards were created to recognise those who show commitment in the face of little support or funding or those who have consistently provided audiences with quality entertainment over the years.

Previous Winners of a MERV

2022

THE MISTAKE

BALLET FREEDOM

THE TIGER LILLIES

MADE IN INDIAN/BRITAIN

TAIWAN SEASON: SEE YOU

AURIE STYLA: GREEN

SK SHLOMO: BREATHE: THE PLAY THAT BECOME A RAVE

BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE

2019

CLEOPATRA HIGGINS (for Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin Story)

TAIWAN SEASON: FLOATING FLOWERS

WHO CARES

INTERBEING - Stories from a Current War

DIVET SHOW: THE GREATEST DIVAS

TOM STADE: YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET

HAVANA AFTER DARK

2018

BOWJANGLES: EXCALIBOW

JIM TAVARE: FROM DEADPAN TO BEDPAN

FREEMAN

BEN HART: THE NUTSHELL

FRINGE WIVES CLUB: GLITTERY CLITTERY

MATT FORDE: BREXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

MISHA'S GANG

2017

CHRISTINE BOVILL

MANDY KNIGHT - THE DARK KNIGHT

MATT PANESH

DESCENT

SLEEPING TREES AT THE MOVIES

JO CAULFIELD: OLDER. WISER. SMARTER. MEANER.

WERELDBAND: SLAPSTICK

2016

MICHAEL ROULSTON

PAUL FOOT: 'Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

JOAN

PETE FIRMAN - TriX

BUCKET LIST - Theatre Ad Infinitum

THE TAP PACK

JunNk

2015

SPENCER JONES

ECHOES by HENRY NAYLOR

JESS ROBINSON

FILLS MONKEY

GEORGE EGG

1972: The Future of Sex

LE HAGGIS

2014

THE TARZAN MONOLOGUES

MS SAMANTHA MANN

CHRISTIAN REILLY

ARCOS DANCE

KRAKEN (TRIGVEE WAKENSHAW)

CROFT AND PEARCE

THIS IS BRASIL

BARRY FERNS

2013

LADY RIZO

LIGHTS CAMERA IMPROVISE

TANGRAM

SMOOTH FACED GENTLEMEN - TITUS ANDRONICUS

MARCEL LUCONT

BANGALORE ROCK

2012

KATE DAISY GRANT

A SOLDIER’S SONG

SCHOOL OF NIGHT

TIFFANY STEVENSON

TOM FLANAGAN in KAPUT!

DAVID BATES - FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT

FELIPE - BLUES!

RHYTHMIC CIRCUS

2011

TECHNODELIC COMEDY

THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK

IVOR DEMBINA

BANE 1 2 & 3

KEV ORKIAN

SOWETO ENTSHA

2010

ARTHUR SMITH

STICK STONES BROKEN BONES

SARAH LOUISE YOUNG

FRAGILITY OF XTOM ADAMS

HENNING WEHN

THE MAGNETS

2009

OUT OF THE BLUE

SIMON MUNNERY

STALAG HAPPY

FELICITY WARD

CHICKENSHED

SHOWSTOPPER - THE MUSICAL

CHARLIE BAKER

MERCY MADONNA IN MALAWI

2008

RICARDO GARCIA’S FLAMENCO FLOW

GRAHAM ELWELL

THE REBEL CELL

ZOE GARDNER

STEWART LEE

GREYFRIARS TWISTED TALES

2007

TRIPOD

TIM FITZHIGHAM

FAUSTUS

JOSEY LONG

IVAN BRACKENBURY (aka TOM BINNS)

CAMILLE

2006

WOMEN WITH STANDARDS

OWEN O’NEILL

CAL McCRYSTAL

HELLO DALA

ANDY ZALTZMAN

THE 4 NOELS

NEIL EDMOND

MICK AND PHIL MORIARTY

2005

JANE BOM-BANE

NICK PYNN

DAVID SANT

KAHLIL ASHANTI

TRICKLOCK

PHIL NICHOL

PRIORITE A GAUCHE

CHILDREN OF THE SEA

2004

PLUCK

PETER ATERMAN

MARK WATSON

NEW INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER

LONG JOURNEY HOME

SABOTAGE

MIKE BLAHA and NIGEL MILES-THOMPSON

WE ARE KLANG

BONGO FURY

2003

GUY MASTERSON

FASCINATING AIDA

DAVID O’DOHERTY

TRICK BOXING

SOL BERNSTEIN

MIKELANGELO & THE BLACK SEA GENTLEMEN

2002

TERRA FOLK

A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

WHITE SIDE STORY

VELOCITY

GOGO THE BOY WITH THE MAGIC FEET

2001

DOUBLE EDGE DRAMA

RUSSELL CHURNEY

PHIL NICHOL

MICHELLE BUXTON

LINDA MARLOWE

PEEPOLYKUS

ANTONIO FORCIONE

MAC TONTOH AND THE KETE WARRIORS

2000

BLUE GRASSY KNOLL

ROBERT FARQUHAR

OVER THE EDGE

INFINITE NUMBER OF MONKEYS DO GRAVITY

EARL OKIN

ROSS NOBLE

JIVE JUNKIES

1999

TIM VINE

BARB JUNGR

OMID DJALILI

BRUTAL TELLING

SAMUEL ZUCKERMAN’S WARHORSE

TREE HOUSE

GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS

1998

HUUN HUUN TU

SHAKTI(GARAGE)

YAMATO

DAVE JOHNS

MONKEY AND THE WATERFALL

TALL STORIES

JIVING LINDYHOPPERS

BOOTHBY GRAFFOE

1997

PIP UTTON

YLLANA (GLUB GLUB)

SHELAGH MARTIN

CRYING IN PUBLIC PLACES (JUMP)

PETER STRAKER

HUMOURBEASTS

RED SOX (PIGSTY)

1996

ED BYRNE

LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN

DAVID BENSON

BROKEN DREAMS THEATRE CO.

PHILIP JEAYS

LEGS ON THE WALL

1995

WILL GAINES

THE SECOND CITY

REJECTS REVENGE

IVAN HENG

MICHAEL MEARS

1994

EARL OKIN

OMID DJALILI

MAGDELENA BUZNEA

SCOTT CAPURRO

UMBILICAL BROS

HONKIN’ HEP CATS

1993

SIBIKWA PLAYERS

GARY DRABWELL

THEATRE SANS FRONTIERES

THE CAGE

WOODY BOP MUDDY

HE HAN (From ZHANG HOUDE TROUPE)

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

(+ a 20% off ticket promotion for every entrant!)

Yes, our ticket giveaway competition is back.

To celebrate the 29th year of Mervyn Stutter's 'Pick of the Fringe' we are giving away ten pairs of tickets in our BIG, free, ticket giveaway competition. Plus if you enter, we will send you a special promo code that will get you 20% off tickets.

Good luck!