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Peace Foundation Award Recipients @ADLFringe

We celebrate these artists who are making a better world through the arts. Read on to find out more about them. 


Kafka’s Ape performed by Tony Miyambo, adapted and directed by Phala Ookeditse Phala and presented by Yililiza Pty Ltd

Kafka’s Ape is a powerful yet sensitive solo performance about a primate’s struggle to overcome the confines of captivity. The play takes a metaphorical view of South African society, highlighting the complexities of identity in post-apartheid South Africa and in the human race in general. Red Peter, the ape, embarks on a journey ignited by finding a way out of a cage he was confined to after his capture; a journey in which he contests identity based on outward appearance. Through the journey of Red Peter the play provides a narrative that helps to question the understanding of otherness.


This year the award was given to two different productions, but very strong pieces. 

Alison Paradoxx presents Floral Peroxide

In a dynamic live display of performance poetry, film, electronic soundscapes, movement, and visual art, Alison Paradoxx explores the paradoxes of disability, and the societal desire to ‘fix’ the broken self.  She utilises her background in performance to articulate injury and trauma through theatrical multimedia displays. Featuring sound design by electronic wizard, 5000AD.

Grounded presented by Holden Street Theatres starring Martha Lott

When a fighter pilot’s life in the sky is forced to the ground, her world and her identity are irrevocably changed as she is forced to confront the morality of modern warfare in an urgent and appalling reality. Martha Lott was directed by Poppy Rowley in George Brant’s riveting, incredibly evocative and blisteringly sharp multi award-winning play.

Commendation at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe 

Dupang Festival 

The Dupang Festival brings together local, interstate and international Indigenous dancers for three days of performance and workshops at a spectacular waterfront site on the Coorong.


Not Today’s Yesterday presented by UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani in association with Holden Street Theatre. 

This work blends techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance & theatre to create a poetic narrative that has the beauty & disquiet of a Grimm’s fairy-tale. It is a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself.
An original member of Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre, Lina has since worked with numerous national and international choreographers and companies. In 2014 she premiered ‘A Delicate Situation’, 2015 received the Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship, 2016 created ‘One’s Wicked Ways’ for ADT & ‘Whispers from Pandora’s Box’ for NZ Dance Comp. 2018 will see the premiere of ‘The Spinners’ at the AFCT.
Seeta has worked with a range of Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance professionals such as Mavin Khoo, Padma Shri Adyar K Lakshman, Pushkala Gopal, DV8 Physical Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh, David Hughes Dance Company and recently the Gandini Juggling group. She has presented works at the Edinburgh Fringe, Purcell Room, Royal Opera House: ROH2 and Sadler’s Wells.

Supported by Chats Palace, Arts Council England, Country Arts SA, Arts SA, The Place London, Adelaide Fringe Artists Fund, LWD Dance Hub, British Council, The Bench UK and NA POMORSKIEJ Artist Residency.

Commendations at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe 

Borders by Henry Naylor presented by Gilded Balloon & Redbeard Theatre in Association with Holden Street Theatres.

The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas. An ageing fishing boat is sinking fast, under the weight of refugees. As it dips lower in the water, one young Syrian is panicking. She can’t swim. And she’s six months pregnant…

Sanaa: A better world through creativity exhibition at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery presented by Sanaa Ink 

Showcasing the work of African and South Australian street and visual artists. The works presented align with the galleries theme ‘Strengthening our democracy, valuing our diversity and building our future’. Sanaa Exhibition will not stop at the level of aesthetically pleasing. 


We Live By The Sea – by Patch of Blue 
Playful visual storytelling with a live electronic score about autism, friendship and a very big wave.

A dance performance which is the innate connection that all humans have with the natural world they live in, whether or not they choose to acknowledge it. The earth, our home is beautiful, grand and diverse – but human construction and destruction have pushed it to the edge. Can humanity come together to save and protect the very core of our existence?

Labels – by Joe Sellman-Leava

Labels continues it’s award winning run by adding the Peace Award to it’s collection at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. This piece is a deserving winner where the performance engages its audience to think about how we treat our fellow human beings. Worklight and Holden Street Theatre hope that the show will be engage more people in conversation about how the words we use affect the decisions we make about one another.

Labels by Joe Sellman-Leava was inspired by a racism and equality workshop, led by Oscar-winning writer, actor and activist Emma Thompson, at Exeter University, 2009. The rise of far right parties both in Britain and across Europe compelled Joe to re-develop Labels By Joe Sellman-Leava for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

Cast & Company

Writer and performer – Joe Sellman-Leava

Director and dramaturg – Katharina Reinthaller

Producers – Michael Woodman and Joe Sellman-Leava

Costume & stage design -Charlotte Anderson

Lighting and sound design – Phil Hewitt

Photography – Benjamin Borley and Anna Bruce

Find out more about Worklight Theatre on their facebook page here and details about Holden Street Theatre here.

2015: Blood At The Root – A play by Dominique Morisseau and performed by Penn State University School of Theatre is a play inspired by the Jena Six. The Jena Six were six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The six black students were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the centre of the school courtyard. The play deals with the ongoing issues of racism in the US as well as dealing with the other kinds of social difference.

The quality of those that applied was very high and the shows five theatre works, one dance and one visual arts exhibition were considered for the award. They were:
“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair.”, HEX,  Reconstruction: Drawing of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake 2011, Call Mr. Robeson, Tripped, Pale Face Cold Blood and Blood At The Root.

2014: Two winners were selected this year for their outstanding work. The judges felt that they represented what the Fringe is all about: great local and international acts in Adelaide, Australia.

One of the winners was local theatre company True North Youth Arts Ensemble, with their performance ‘A Sense of Home’.

The other winner was international theatre company Por Piedad Teatro, the performance was entitled ‘A Special Day’. These companies are both worth watching for what they do and supporting them.

2013: No Award was given.

2012: seven kilometres north-east by innovative political theatre company Version one point zero Inc. (Honourable mention: The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts – Guy Masterson’s Centre for International Theatre (C.I.T.)

2011: No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability