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The Holden Street Theatres' Adelaide Fringe Award

The Holden Street Theatres' Adelaide Fringe Award has been offered since 2015 to South Australian artists at the Adelaide Fringe. This award seeks to help local artists develop their work by offering free rental at Holden Street throughout the year for a total of four weeks. This can be used for project development or performance, including during the following HST Fringe program.

Current Winner


Josh Belperio from Under The Microscope Productions

Under the Microscope Productions are the latest winners of the HST Adelaide Fringe Award for their production, 30,000 Notes. Led by Josh Belperio, we are incredibly excited to see what Under the Microscope bring to Holden Street over 2019 and 2020. Watch this space!

Previous Winners


CCtheatreCo. winning the HST Adelaide Fringe Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Awards Night

South Australian theatre troupe CCtheatreCo. were the winners of the 2018 HST Adelaide Fringe Award for their show, Abandon Ship!. With their award, CCtheatreCo. chose to perform their show Bloodbank at Holden Street in October 2018, before returning in 2019 to the HST Adelaide Fringe program with a brand new show, Which-Craft?.


Joanne Hartstone winning the HST Adelaide Fringe Award at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Awards Night

Joanne Hartstone won the HST Adelaide Fringe Award for her musical theatre production, The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign, in 2017. Using her award, Joanne presented her award-winning show That Daring Australian Girl in Holden Street's 2018 Fringe Program. Joanne also went performed in Edinburgh Fringe and Hollywood Fringe, before returning to Adelaide Fringe 2019 to produce the Noel Lothian Hall venue.


Kyron Weetra and Josh Mensch from Gobsmacked Theatre in Once Were Pirates

Gobsmacked Theatre were the recipients of the 2016 HST Adelaide Fringe Award for their performance of Dropped by Katie Warner. Gobsmacked Theatre used their award to develop and rehearse Once Were Pirates, which was toured to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe before making its way to Holden Street for the 2018 Adelaide Fringe program.


Waxing Lyrical were the first ever winners of our HST Adelaide Fringe Award in 2015. They used their award to book in theatre space to develop their latest project.


Interested in applying to be a part of our HST 2020 Fringe program?

2020 will be Holden Street's 18th birthday and it will be the 60th anniversary of the Adelaide Fringe. It's safe to say that 2020 will be our biggest year yet!

Find out more information and download an application form here!


Did you know we also offer the Holden Street Theatres' Edinburgh Fringe Award?

We aim to bring the best theatre the world has to offer back to Adelaide every year.

Take a look at our past winners and award criteria!


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