Edinburgh Festival Day 17: Independent Theatre Award

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Clyde Unity Theatre is the winner of the Independent Theatre Award 1992 for A Little Older. The play, by John Binnie, is a witty and touching account of the coming together of two old friends when one of them suffers amnesia from a car crash. As Sandy, a gentle gay man, nurses Isla, a tough-talking minister's daughter, back to health, A Little Older chronicles their childhood together in Glasgow and the blossoming of an unexpected reunion. It is a tightly constructed and pleasingly unpretentious play full of insights. Binnie's writing is sardonic, poignant and, finally, affirmative, Stephen Docherty and Mari Binnie give candid, moving performances.

The company will receive a showcase run at the Hampstead Theatre in London, opening on 29 October. - A Little Older: Theatre Workshop, 34 Hamilton Place (venue 20), 031- 226 5425. 5.30pm Thurs, Sat.

Congratulations to all the other shortlisted shows: Believer (369 Gallery, 10pm); Below the Belt (Assembly Rooms, 8pm); Cyrano de Bergerac (Traverse Theatre, 8pm); The Dig (Roxy, 7pm); Eclipsed (run ended); Kepler (Netherbow, 8.30pm); Real Time (run ended); Serpent Kills (Traverse, 9pm); Sex III (Bedlam, 8.30pm).

The panel of judges were: Sarah Hemming (assistant theatre editor, the Independent), Tom Morris (critic, the Independent), Ian Shuttleworth (critic for the Independent and theatre editor of City Limits), Mary Brennan (critic for The Herald), James Christopher (critic for Time Out), Giles Croft (literary manager of the Royal National Theatre), Robert Dawson Scott (arts editor, Sunday Times Scotland and presenter of Radio 4's Kaleidoscope), Mark Fisher (theatre editor, The List), Randall Stevenson (lecturer in English Literature, Edinburgh University) and Jenny Topper (artistic director, Hampstead Theatre).

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