Home of the Wriggler has been shortlisted for the Carol Tambor award. Each year this award selects one production from the Edinburgh Fringe to receive a New York transfer.
The short list is short, we share the honour with just three other productions, these are: Crush, which I believe has already won a Fringe First, Little Gem which last year won an award at the Dublin Festival and Midsummer. The last two are running at Traverse whilst Crush shares Underbelly with us in one of the more popular slots.
Obviously the whole Wriggler team here are attempting to balance high excitement with modest expectations. Taking the show for a run in Manhattan would be amazing, but realistically we must be regarded as outsiders for the prize. Although we haven’t seen all the other shortlisted pieces it does sound as if they are relatively conventional plays compared to Home of the Wriggler. We are proud to be on the list and we’d consider it an honour to be taking to New York a collectively devised show, built from the modest stories of so many people who are remarkable only to those who love them.
The irony of course is that when we made the show it was the native British motor industry which was in crisis, now it America’s ‘big three’ face crisis of their own. A transfer across the Atlantic could be timely.
I’m posting this a bit late so by the time most read this we will know the result as it is all unveiled 11am tomorrow, Friday. Fingers crossed!